Recently, we received the following email regarding storage of unused wood:

“I recently bought a box of cherry wood. I stuck half of it in my trailer (in the original bag) and the other half in the bucket in the basement. The wood was a little wet when I got it but smoked well. But, when I stored the wood in the bucket, it now has mold grown on it. I don’t want to have to pre-burn this stuff to burn the mold off. What’s the best way to handle cooking with this molded wood?”

Chad “Podge” H.; Taylorsville, KY

Smokinlicious manufacturers wood that already has a high moisture content. Therefore, storage of any unused wood is extremely important to maintaining optimal condition of the wood. We recommend that all gourmet wood be stored in a cool, dry location away from direct sunlight. The wood should be kept in its original cardboard container with the liner bag left open (not tied). This will allow for proper air circulation. You may store the wood in other containers such as an open-slate crate but never store the wood in a plastic container that does not have air holes. If you should encounter wood that has begun to develop evidence of mold, you may follow the following steps to sanitize the wood for cooking:

1. Dilute 1.5 ounces of bleach solution in 3 gallons of water. Be sure the wood is completely covered by the bleach/water solution. 2. Let the wood soak in the solution for a minimum of 2 minutes.

3. Pour off the water/bleach solution and let the wood air dry.

4. Store the wood in an open liner bag or open-slate crate in a cool, dry place, that is away from direct sunlight.

 

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The following was received from Aaron and Adrienne Ross, Dizzy Pig BBQ Team, Canada –

“The two of us have found your products provide a fantastic outcome, and are a pleasure to use. The coconut really adds to my desserts and I’m whole heartedly looking forward to trying your citrus flavors on a cheesecake recipe that I have invented.”

The following was received from Dave Witt in West Seneca, NY – 

“I mixed about 3 tablespoons of Smoking Dust with my regular cherry wood sawdust. I had no issue with the temperature going hotter. I was a bit concerned when I opened the bag of dust… I was worried that because it was so fragrant that it would overpower the finished product. Instead it brought to the forefront the subtle flavor of what wood type was being used. You have a very good product there and I’m looking forward to trying it on my offset soon.”

The following was recevied from Tom T. in Eastlake, OH –

“Just like to say thank you for the great wood chunks that I have purchased from you. I have purchased sugar maple wood chunks from you twice and have achieved great success smoking meat with it. The chunks burn for a long time and add an excellent taste to the meat. Your chunks have come to me in a consistent size, just perfect for smoking, and the wood was very clean!!!!! Keep up the great job.”