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Old 02-09-2009, 10:03 AM
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My question is, how long do I need to wait to properly season fresh oak trimmings? I spent all of Saturday morning trimming two very large trees. When all is said and done, I should have about a 1/4 cord....plenty for me.

I've trimmed all of the smaller branches, and am left with anything from a 1 1/2" to 8" diameter trimmings.

As always, any/all advice is greatly appreciated!

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Old 02-09-2009, 10:06 AM
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I've always heard 6 months minimum but a year is better
Living on Long Island and being fairly new to this, I use charcoal and chunks for smoke.
I keep the wood in a small covered garbage can. Termites here with all the sand you know.

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Old 02-09-2009, 10:50 AM
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I've always heard 6 months minimum but a year is better
Living on Long Island and being fairly new to this, I use charcoal and chunks for smoke.
I keep the wood in a small covered garbage can. Termites here with all the sand you know.
6 mo-12mo. 12 being the best for mimimum. But this is just my worth.
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As a rule of thumb, I let it go for a year.
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Old 02-09-2009, 02:54 PM
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We cut quite a few post oak here in central Texas. I seem to have good luck waiting a month or so, then splitting. Works good for me after 6 or 7 months. I'm not sure how long it would take if you didn't split it. Hope this helps.
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Hey thanks for the responses...I figured 6 to 12 months. I know I'm not going to be able to split the bigger pieces for a while, that some hard *****...heavy too.

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Just cut my cook wood this past weekend for next 2-3 years. Had several red oak blown down by Gustav. Only cut the trunk and cut it into 14 inch blocks then split into 3-4 inch peices. Got 70 peices of wood from each block cut from one of the bigger trees. Five trailer loads in all, two went to daughters house for fireplace and three under my cook shed.

I'll start using this in about 6-8 months.

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Zeeman, you're not foolin' about having enough for 3 years! That's a lot of wood!

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If you are using this as your main source of fuel, wait a year (be sure to quarter the 8" pieces). If you are using it just for the smoke flavoring (and have another main source for heat, e.g. charcoal), you can begin usiing it it six months.
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Just cut my cook wood this past weekend for next 2-3 years. Had several red oak blown down by Gustav. Only cut the trunk and cut it into 14 inch blocks then split into 3-4 inch peices. Got 70 peices of wood from each block cut from one of the bigger trees. Five trailer loads in all, two went to daughters house for fireplace and three under my cook shed.

I'll start using this in about 6-8 months.

http://www.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=...localeid=en_US

http://www.kodakgallery.com/I.jsp?c=...localeid=en_US

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Zeeman - isn't the "shelf life" for nearly every hard wood about 2 years tops? I thought I had read that after two years it's actually not that great to use for meat smoking.
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