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Wild cherry - branches vs. trunk wood?

 
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13 17 1:25 am    Post subject: Wild cherry - branches vs. trunk wood? Reply with quote

Summary: Which yields better flavor for smoking, young small branches, or older trunk and big branches?

The time has come to drop 4 fairly large wild cherry trees.We don't get cherries from these, possibly due to the variety or the fungus they have.

We did some initial cutting a few days ago. I whipped out my trusty pocketknife and cut some shavings from a 1.5" branch. The smell of the wet shavings was incredible. Extremely fruity cherry, like marashino cherries, but real. I couldn't believe the intensity and depth of the smell, especially for trees that do not produce cherries.

Now that those shavings are dry, there is no cherry odor. I wonder if they could be used wet?

Looking at the wood that I need to trim and sort, which is better - split pieces of older trunk wood and larger branches, or newer growth branch wood? This question assumes no bark.

I also need to figure out when and how to remove bark from smaller pieces.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13 17 2:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

For me I do not use anything under 10" if I can help it. I prefer trunk wood but will keep larger branches in the 10" range.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13 17 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I prefer the splits from the larger pieces. I have got to the point that I try to only use splits that only have about 1/3 of the surface with bark on it. I use the branches in my fire pit to get my fire started but not to cook with.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13 17 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A lot of guys around here want you to take their apple tree
branches to use in the smoker. They are always surprise when
I say no thanks, you got to clean up the mess yourself.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 15 17 7:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I will use some healthy 3 inch branch's to start and warm up my cooker.....
Like biker chef has mentioned.....everyone thinks you will clean up their mess....they want you to take twigs and all.

I like all that heart wood from a big tree. Laughing Laughing
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PostPosted: Sun May 07 17 4:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the replies. I saved all the good stuff. My efforts were rewarded after, when a test smoke with some green wood went very well. Glad I saved it.

It was a huge amount of work to get rid of those branches. Especially cutting them again and again to reduce the volume in the trailer. Now I have a lot of splitting and cutting to do.
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