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woz0027



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 18 09 8:34 pm    Post subject: Maple wood to smoke with Reply with quote

I just moved into a new house and noticed many maple trees in my yard. They are mostly red maple and a silver maple. I was wondering they are usable to smoke with, or if anyone has used either.

I also have many oak trees. The problem is that the branches are so high that I can't reach them.

Thanks!!
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smoken yankee



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 18 09 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes you can, I use alot of maple when I smoke red meat and sometimes pork chops it has a mild smoke flavor. Most of my maple is shredded from when a friend of mine makes wooden bowls. I hope this helps.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 19 09 5:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've used silver maple to smoke. The smoke is extremely mild and I usually mix it with citrus wood. The extra heat the maple produces seems to help bring out the fruity flavor of the citrus wood. I have also used it with avocado wood. That produced a pleasing mild smoke flavor to ribs and chicken.

The thing is I wouldn't let it season longer than a year. Seems the longer it goes unused the silver maple gets really dry and brittle. After that it just seems to get to hot to smoke with. Maybe that's because of the semi arid conditions out here.
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rx2006je



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 24 09 2:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I use maple some but as stated about i also use apple or pecan and use the maple to add some more heat if needed, but does have a mild flavor
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 26 09 4:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

both work great, just be sure the wood is dried ( 6 months min.).
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daddywoofdawg
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 27 09 2:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had heard on here not to use silver maple; But I'm glad to hear you can use it as there is alot around here too.Wish I could find some fruitwood.
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