View Full Version : Do these pecan logs look too green?

06-20-2017, 12:51 AM
I was in the area and swung by Woodyard BBQ in Kansas City to grab some wood to practice running a fire until I got my other cheaper wood. It doesn't have much gray on it but it's a fairly popular place for people in the area to get wood from, but after I got home and looked at it a little more I have doubts. Worst case I stash it in the yard for another 6 to 8 months. I know it's not the best pic but just wanted to get some input.

Would you run it in your smoker?

06-20-2017, 05:23 AM
Burn one. You'll find out pretty quick.

06-20-2017, 06:16 AM
Is this wood going to be used as chunks for smoke flavor in a charcoal fire or is the wood going to be the primary heat source....that makes a big difference.

06-20-2017, 06:49 AM
Primary source in a stick burner

06-20-2017, 07:10 AM
There is no way to tell from a picture, but you can get a moisture meter for under $20. Or you can try to burn one. If water sizzles out of the end grain, it needs to dry a bit more.

06-20-2017, 07:20 AM
Thanks...may try the moisture test. I'm still new enough at tending a fire I may be the source of the smoldering over the wood actually being too green.

06-20-2017, 10:59 AM
smack two of them together. If you hear a sharp, crisp, ringing sound they are good to go. If you hear a dull thump, they have too much sugar (moisture) in them and you need to let them age more.

Bob C Cue
06-20-2017, 11:05 AM
Not sure about yours, but these sure are:

06-20-2017, 11:13 AM
One true way to tell is to burn some.....

06-20-2017, 12:00 PM
moisture meter is best way. another is to split one again and press it to your cheek, if it feels wet, then too much moisture. also like legendaryhog said hit 2 together, should sound like 2 baseball bats hitting.

06-20-2017, 12:22 PM
I always get my wood from there. I used to use splits but now I run a cabinet. Most of the time it can stand to air out some more. But as others have said burn some. I tend to usual find the most seasoned wood towards the back of the pile though.

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