Tue 1 May 2007
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Storage of unused wood
Recently, we received the following email regarding the 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 maintain 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. Storethe wood in an open liner bag or open-slate crate in a cool, dry place, that is away from direct sunlight.