Smoker wood storage summer or as the winter months approach, you should pop some holes in the box to circulated the air!

Smoker wood storage summer or as the winter months approach, you should pop some holes in the box to circulated the air!

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SmokinLicious® has the luxury of manufacturing every wood product we offer for sale.  That means, our moisture rich wood is ready to use immediately.  We certainly are not firewood as we work only with the heartwood of the hardwood trees and need proper storage to maintain our clean, fresh state.  Plus, we want you to have a pleasant outcome to smoking your foods which is a direct result of the moisture level.

It’s Serious Business!

We take wood storage seriously!  Which is why when you purchase our products, you’ll receive a card educating you on the best storage containers and conditions.  Simply put, any container that encourages air flow is ideal.  We have found that some plastic containers can actual cause mold spores which is why materials made from wood, cardboard or metal are preferred.  If you should encounter wood that has begun to develop evidence of mold, you may follow these steps to sanitize the wood for cooking:

1. Dilute 1 part white vinegar to 3 parts water (or 1.5 ounces of white vinegar to 3 gallons of water). Be sure the wood is completely submerged in the vinegar mixture.

 

2. Let the wood soak in the solution for a minimum of 2 minutes.

 

3. Remove the wood from the vinegar mixture and allow to air dry.

 

4. Store the wood as recommended above.

 

Prevent Sunburn

Just like your skin, wood can get too much sun and become sunburned, especially given we are bark-free product.  It is best to select a location for storage that is away from direct sunlight.  A cool, dry location is ideal.  If you select a garage or basement area, be sure you don’t place any cardboard container directly on the cement surface or moisture will be drawn in through the carton to the wood and could result in appearance and aroma changes.  If you do see the outside of the wood turn a bit gray, that likely is the result of some sun exposure.

Temperature and Humidity

As a last point, keep temperature and humidity in mind when you select a storage location.  Since our hardwoods are native to New York State, they are accustom to certain conditions including 4 seasons.  Wood can be stressed especially when traveling in a truck to your location.  Be sure to follow our directive sticker on the carton advising to get the carton open immediately upon delivery.  Air is crucial to your wood remaining in the great condition it is in when we packaged it.

For those wanting to know if refrigeration is an option, our study shows refrigeration certainly doesn’t hurt the wood but you do need to rotate any unused wood periodically to prevent mold potential.  Freezing the wood is not suggested.  When you plan to use the wood for wood-fired cooking, be sure to remove the wood from a cold location and allow to come to room temperature in order to prevent a lengthy time waiting for combustion to take hold which is what produces smoke vapor.

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