What wood do you like the smell of when burning?

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  1. cmgoat

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    Good evening ladies and gents!

    I started a fire tonight to cook some salmon cedar plank style, is there any other way? Lol. A
    after dinner I got the coals going again and am currently burning some red oak. It smells wonderful! The others I really like are sassafras, cherry, balck locust and maple. And of course apple, especially on bacon! So how bout y'all?

    Carlos
     
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    I wish I could contribute to this one, but I have absolutely NO sense of smell! In my case, you might as well ask a person who has been blind since birth what their favorite color is. I drove 30 miles in a car with the windows rolled up and the heat on with a dog that had been sprayed by a skunk and didn't know it!
     
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    For campfire smoke I like oak, ash, cedar, pine, spruce, maple, elm, basswood, birch. For BBQ give me apple, hickory, pecan, mesquite depending on what we are going to eat. Least favorite for camp fires would be box elder(smells like someone pissed on the fire) and I don't enjoy the smell of aspen/popple wood. There's probably many more I enjoy or find nasty like but that's off the top of my head.
     
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    Some of my favorites are mountain mahogany, western juniper, sage brush, ponderosa pine, lodgepole, white bark pine, alder, birch, tamarack, black cottonwood, choke cherry, and western cedar.

    I don't care for aspen. The smoke burns my eyes and has an acrid odor.
     
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    Rosemary bush .. for when the coals are right down

    Yellow pine is nice ... got a chopping board I split from a round of that.

    Never knowingly sat round an ash or an elm fire .. .I hear they are lovely and clean
     
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    hedge(osage orange) is great woodstove fuel and gets real hot, sometimes too hot, but i don't like the smell of it burning at all.
     
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    Utah Juniper and Pinyon Pine for me.
     
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    Eastern Red Cedar which is really a Juniper is my favorite .
    You can make a makeshift
    Smoker by hanging fish in a big pot filled with the Cedar green branches and then hang the fish over them off a stick . Just set the pot on a controlled fire with a lid . Takes about a half hour or less .
     
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    Nothing smells much better than burning pinion pine. Its almost the best in the world to my old nose. Like fine incense.
     
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    Black pepper
     
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    I’m from So Az
    So, mesquite wood. The best for BBQ
     
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    White Birch absolutely. My dad would only burn white birch in the fireplace because it didn’t create as much soot. The smell of it instantly takes me back to being home at Christmas in the living room.

    Second favorite is white Cedar. It’s what I got my first bow drill fire with and I can instantly recognize it. When I get a whiff of smoke I still get a twinge of excitement from blowing that first coal into flame after weeks of trying to figure it out (this was before YouTube - I was going solely off text write ups and tiny photographs).
     
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    Well waterlogged, then dry aged, saltwater driftwood.
    It reminds me of toddlerdom, mid century, cruising in a 16’, 14” freeboard, 6 degree vee plywood runabout w/my family. We’d be out for days exploring and random wild camping the isles and shores of Puget Sound & Hoods Canal.

    Norm
     
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    Campfires, oak.

    BBQ, mesquite.
     
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    Hickory, Eastern Red Cedar, Oak...pretty much any wood that’s burning smells great.
     
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    After the Camp Fire, I feel like I've had enough smoke to last me a lifetime. Doesn't bring good memories right now.
     
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    I like the smell of cedar

    BBQ, it’s hickory and apple .
     
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    I have an uncle who ,due to a case of heat stroke, lost his sense of smell completely. I have tested his ability through flatulence while camping with significant results. It can happen. Also though I wonder how it affects your sense of taste?
     
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    Cedar of course is my favorite, is the best smell actually I have currently countered on this planet. But also something that others have not mentioned is Cottonwood as it has a sort of sweet undertone to the smell.
     
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    Cooking I don’t have a favorite, maybe mesquite or oak . As far as just wood burning I love the smell of piñon wood . Immediately transports me to the mountains in my mind .
     
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    In the bush,,,
    Diamond Willow, to the exclusion of all others, if I can find it close...
    Black Spruce is pleasant enough...

    At home,,,
    White/Paper Birch
     
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    Basically anything dry...but ash, cedar, oak, and maple in particular.
     
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    I like burning a bit of tobacco around a maple wood fire. Both smells remind me of camping as a kid.
     
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    Just about anything except Bradford pear. Trimmed some limbs the other day and burned them last night. God they stink. Great fire though.
     
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    It's hard to beat the smell of cedar on a campfire with pine being second.
     
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    I love all wood smoke .
    Having fought forest fires the air is a wash with different smells of smoke . driving a car on motorcycle from time to time I smell the some of a fire place and want to hunt it down to learn what wood it is.
    Around here the typical wood is eucalyptus .
    Miserable to cut and split but burns really well and has a great aroma.
     
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    Oak.
    Fatwood smells pretty dang good, too.
     
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    Cherry in the fireplace. Puts out a nice smell. For BBQ I use mostly hickory and apple.
     
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    I'm with you on this. I love woodsmoke. All woods have their own distinct aroma. I can tell the difference between most locals by the smell.

    Cool stuff. :)
     
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    Alligator juniper and pinon
     
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    Hickory is by far my favorite.
     
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    Gotta go with Mesquite or Piñon Pine. Either gives me flashbacks to growing up in the Southwest.
     
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    Oak, hickory and apple.
     
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    Oak's sweet, pungent arome. Pine. Hickory.

    Oh, heck, wood, almost any wood, smells great when burning!
     
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    Being from west Texas I always loved the smell of Mesquite. I still use it for BBQ’s etc. The smell of pine burning reminds me of my favorite vacation spot Ruidoso, NM
     
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    Being in the east, it is oak, pine, and spruce.
    Fresh white pine needles give a great smell in a campfire, and do repel many insects with their smoky burning.
     
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    I PINE FOR PINE.
     
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    Hickory, red oak, and eastern red cedar
     
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    Pacific Red Alder, seasoned, not green. Also superb for smoking meat and fish.
     
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    Rubber...from under the back end of a '66 GTO that was built right....
    Oops, you said wood. Would have to be hickory for me.
    Regards,

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    Nobody said Manchineel?

    I'm partial to Cedar, Douglas Fir and Tamarack as fuel, fruitwood or Alder for smoking meats.
     
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    I know it’s cliche but fatwood.
     
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    I've spent most of my life in the Jersey Pine Barrens, so a fire full of burning pine wood is heaven to me!
     
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    In the fireplace? White oak, cherry, hickory and pecan. I have also used all of these for smoking meat at some point or another. I just smoked venison jerky on Sunday with a combination of pecan and apricot woods.
    I turn a variety of domestic and exotic woods in my shop. One technique I use on the lathe employs the use of guitar strings to burn crisp, black lines into the wood. This produces wisps of smoke that hang in the air just long enough to smell and enjoy or... not enjoy. Bloodwood produces a spicy, cinnamon-like smell. Canarywood produces a fruity smell. Sassafras has a smell somewhere between licorice and medicine. The odors of sassafras and cinnamon hang in the air longer than most others. Redheart produces the smell of burnt dog hair. Yellowheart produces a smell that reminds me of bug spray. Sapele (in the mahogany family) has a nice smell that is hard to put a finger on. Honey locust reminds me of the smell of warm honey... go figure. Chakte viga produces a smell like strong soap. I haven't turned it in years, but it's a smell you won't forget. Cherry and apricot both produce a lovely smell that I just can't get enough of. Hickory and pecan are very similar in smell... makes me hungry as it reminds me of smoked meat.
     
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    Your descriptions tell me that you are very attuned to the materials that you work with.
    You must be a fine craftsman. Thanks.
     
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    I like the smell of almost any wood burning. I especially like the smell of cherry wood. :)
     
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