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Unread 01-07-2011, 01:31 PM   #1
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Default Crabapple and Bradford Pear Tree?

I have a some trees that need trimming. Would either of these woods be suitable for smoke wood chunks?
1) Crabapple?
2) Bradford Pear? (non fruit bearing)
3) Fig?

I also have Peach and Pecan trees which I know can be used. Question here is can they be used green or wait till fully dried?

Wife told me this morning a landscaper cut down 3 Pecan trees last week and chipped the stumps at her workplace. I rode over there and picked up some chunks and stocked up on chips, more like shredded than chipped.
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The crabapple and pear would be good for smoking for sure. Don't know about the fig. All wood should be dry to use for smoking. Have fun.
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From what I've read, any fruit or nut bearing tree is good for smoking. Like ^^^ said, wood should be dry for smoking, although Myron Mixon uses green peach (I hear).

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The crabapple and pear would be good for smoking for sure. Don't know about the fig. All wood should be dry to use for smoking. Have fun.
I've never personally used any of them, but folks here have chimed in positively on the Crabapple and the Bradford Pear. It's the first time I've heard anyone ask about fig too.
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From what I've read, any fruit or nut bearing tree is good for smoking. Like ^^^ said, wood should be dry for smoking, although Myron Mixon uses green peach (I hear).

Happy smoking
On one of the BBQ Pitmasters episodes Myron went to a Peach Orchard and cut some branches off some trees to use at the next competition... that's what the TV editing led you to believe anyway. He may have been cutting to use next year and just poseing for the cameras
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You will dig fig!!

http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...&highlight=fig

The other two are good too.
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i have a pear tree what kind of flavor does it give, comparable to other woods
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i have a pear tree what kind of flavor does it give, comparable to other woods
Umm...pear-y????
Sorry, couldn't resist. Good ?, I'll be eager to hear a real answer...
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This past spring I trimmed some limbs out of a fruit producing fig tree and it had a nice aroma to it. Better than I expected. I let it dry for a few weeks and then tried a few twigs on a small pork loin and I'm still here to write about it. I must say I had my doubts. Didn't really notice that much smoke flavor probably because of the marinade. I think I will stick to my pecan and hickory since we have an abundance of those around here.
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i have a pear tree what kind of flavor does it give, comparable to other woods
I got a hold of some pear wood a few years back from a fruiting pear tree that was cut down. It was pretty similar to apple wood. I've never tried non-fruiting pear like Bradford though, but I have heard it works fine.
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Thanks guy's. I'll have to give the pear a try. I probably have a cord or more of pear already dry. I have not cut back the fig, crabapple or peach trees yet, guess I need to get busy so maybe it will dry enough to use come spring/summer.

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DO NOT USE BRADFORD PEAR FOR SMOKING!!! It will give a very bitter and acidic smoke off!!! The other two will be fine. But even certain species of crab apple aren't very good smoking woods. But the Bradford Pear is not one I would recommend!!!
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Here's an older thread asking about Bradford Pear for smoking, if you would like some extra info...
http://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=52208
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DO NOT USE BRADFORD PEAR FOR SMOKING!!! It will give a very bitter and acidic smoke off!!! The other two will be fine. But even certain species of crab apple aren't very good smoking woods. But the Bradford Pear is not one I would recommend!!!
correct all the way onBradford pear YUK .
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I got a PILE of bradford pear out back, and smoked some pretty dern good ribs with it on my offset, even if less than completely seasoned. Hard to believe since the smell of the smoke is kind of objectionable, as opposed to the sweet smell of applewood. (Maybe that's why some folks say not to use it?) However, both taste good, and taste quite similiar to my tastebuds. The wife really liked them, too.
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