Has anyone ever used sweet gum wood to smoke meat with?
By Bob from Willis, TX
Wood that is poisonous when used for Smoking:
Do not use any wood from conifer trees: pine, fir, spruce, redwood, cedar, cypress, or they will make you sick!
Elm, eucalyptus, sycamore, sweet gum trees and liquid amber wood is also unsuitable for smoking.
More woods that you should not to use for smoking: Never use lumber scraps, either new or used. First, you cannot know for sure what kind of wood it is; second, the wood may have been chemically treated; third, you have no idea where the wood may have been or how it was used.
Never use any wood that has been painted or stained. Do not use wood scraps from a furniture manufacturer as this wood is often chemically treated.
Never use wood from old pallets. Many pallets are treated with chemicals that can be hazardous to your health and the pallet may have been used to carry chemicals or poison. Avoid old wood that is covered with mold and fungus that can impart a bad taste to your meat.
No, sweet gum will not make you sick if you don't use 100% sweet gum. We use it 50/50 with hickory all of the time for poultry because it lends a very sweet flavor that is perfect with poultry (think of a bird dipped in smoked honey). We like it with lean pork and rabbit as well but not for red meats or fish, those need Hickory, Pecan, mesquite, and/or oak to taste best.
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