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In Reply to: Several Internet Mentions That It's OK For BBQ'n posted by Don, Dueling Bubbas on March 08, 2016 at 14:45:30:
Don, When I moved to the 75 acres where I have lived for the last ten years, there was around 15 big cottonwood tree bases that all weighed at least 500 pounds each. The bases were three to almost four feet in diameter. Someone had dropped these off at the property before I moved there. For the last ten years, I have been trying to burn these trunks up. I have one last trunk to burn. These things are at least 15 years dead. It takes a big fire to get them to burn and after they do catch fire, they will smolder for days. The smoke stinks! Now granted these chunks are water logged, but that is what cottonwood does after it completely cures, it starts absorbing water all over again.
Cottonwood has a MBTU/Cord rating of 12.6 which is very low. I don't see why anyone would want to burn this in the their cooker. I cannot even recommend burning it in a wood stove or fireplace.
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