Trees and Shrubs forum: Apple wood for smoking

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Name: Gene Staver
Portage WI 53901 (Zone 5a)
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gasrocks
May 16, 2016 7:15 PM CST
I am way behind on pruning the water sprouts on my apple trees. Some of them are 3-4' high. I know I should not be doing this pruning now but I am anyways. Are the sprouts worth saving for duty as apple wood smoke? Gene
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
May 17, 2016 7:26 AM CST
It might be worth an experiment. DD gave us some branch prunings from her apple trees but I haven't paid much attention to what DH uses for BBQ smoking since he uses about 6 different types.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
Name: Gene Staver
Portage WI 53901 (Zone 5a)
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gasrocks
May 17, 2016 8:23 AM CST
Myself, I do not grill out nor BBQ. I thought I'd put a sign out front along the road: Free Apple Wood. I'm sure the very first person who stops by will let me know if the prunings are worth the bother. Hey, live and learn. Gene
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
May 17, 2016 10:13 AM CST
That sounds like a good plan if you're not going to use it. Usually, the bark is removed before using it for grill/smoking so the cuttings need to have enough substance.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
Name: Gene Staver
Portage WI 53901 (Zone 5a)
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gasrocks
May 17, 2016 10:43 AM CST
OK, I'll give up on that idea. Would not be much left w/o bark and it also sounds like a lot of extra work. Gene
Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
May 17, 2016 12:31 PM CST
Sorry to dash your plan. Sad Bark can impart a bitter flavor.
Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money. Cree proverb
Name: Gene Staver
Portage WI 53901 (Zone 5a)
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gasrocks
May 17, 2016 1:27 PM CST
No plan. Good to know. Thanks. Gene
Name: Linda
South East Wi (Zone 5b)
luvmyseeds
May 28, 2016 1:47 PM CST
In a local orchard they sell apple wood and it is quite expensive.

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