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Firewood Types and Uses

OAK - Heavy smoke flavor - the Queen of smoking wood.

RED OAK - is good on ribs.

WHITE OAK - makes the best coals for longer burning. All oak varieties reported as suitable for smoking. Good with red meat, pork, fish, and heavy game.

SUGAR MAPLE - Smoky, mellow and slightly sweet. Good with pork, poultry, cheese, and small game birds.

CHERRY - Mild and fruity. Good with pultry, pork, and beef. Some list members say the cherry wood is the best wood for smoking. Wood from chokecherry trees may produce a bitter flavor.

BIRCH - Medium-hard wood with a flavor similar to maple. Good with pork and poultry.