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Smoking Wood and Mositure

Postby Kcd2016 » June 28th, 2017, 9:24 am

I'm about to do my first smoke on the reverse flow I've just built. And of course it falls on a holiday weekend so I'm going to be feeding a crowd even though I've never cooked on this beast, or even bbq'ed with a stick burner or 100% wood before... should be interesting. (I'm the kind of guy that would prefer to have a test cook or two before feeding a crowd)

From my research last night it seems smoking wood should be below 20% moisture content, optimally around 12% . My trusty meter says that the oak I picked up yesterday is sitting at 25%.

So is 25% too wet and going to billow out white bitter smoke the whole time? Would it help to preburn the sticks, just get them ignited in the firepit first and then throw them in the firebox? If I do the preburn use just ignited sticks or burn them all the way down to coals and use the coals? Or is 25% while not great, still at least okay to cook with?



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Re: Smoking Wood and Mositure

Postby Rodcrafter » June 28th, 2017, 1:19 pm

I put them inside the FB beside the fire basket so they don't catch. Then each time I put more wood on the fire I used those first and replaced them with new ones


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Re: Smoking Wood and Mositure

Postby Kcd2016 » June 28th, 2017, 1:28 pm

Rodcrafter wrote:I put them inside the FB beside the fire basket so they don't catch. Then each time I put more wood on the fire I used those first and replaced them with new ones


Inside *beside* the firebasket? I'm not sure I've got room, what do you think?
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Re: Smoking Wood and Mositure

Postby mp4 » June 28th, 2017, 2:11 pm

You'll have room - just split them small and everything will be good.



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Re: Smoking Wood and Mositure

Postby Big T » June 28th, 2017, 6:58 pm

I don't have room inside my FB so I lay them on top of the FB. I flip them over every now and then so they don't lite up before I'm ready. I keep more on the FB than I need for the next time and rotate them out so I don't run out of pre heated wood.


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Re: Smoking Wood and Mositure

Postby Rodcrafter » July 1st, 2017, 12:41 pm

:yth:

Either way works, on top they can try to burn so just roll them every once in a while. You will do fine, the main thing is don't stress, have fun!


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