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In Reply to: Re: Even more information..... posted by Full Draw on March 18, 2011 at 14:17:51:
Well Full Draw, there are a couple of variables. If you live in an area with low humidity, the moisture in the wood will evaporate faster than in my neck of the woods. Pretty humid in here Missoui, especially in the summer. If the wood is split into a smaller diameter, it will dry faster too. This is why I do not split all my fresh cut wood at once. I also save the biggest pieces for last so that they can last more than a year if needed.
I am not sure what size smoker you have. I use strictly wood in my big smoker. The firebox measures 20" deep by 16" tall and wide. The wood is usually no greater than 4" in diameter, usually closer to 3". To tell when it is ready, I go by weight and sound. If it is cured, it won't seem near as heavy as it did when it was green. If you knock the wood on rock or concrete, it should make a noise similar to a baseball bat, not a thud. You can also tell if it is ready by how well it burns. If it burns slowly and especially if there is moisture and/or sap coming out of the end when it burns, it needs more time to cure.
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