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This may be really stupid, but it has been raining here so much and we recently had a fire pit built that I can't stand not using.  I have a truck bed full of wet wood and can't seem to string together a good few days for it to dry out naturally.  I think it's also relatively fresh, so there's that, too.  Can I kiln dry some of this oak in my big joe?  My thought is to dry some pieces and set them aside in the garage to use as the initial logs to get fires going quicker when I get the opportunities.  The rest of the wood will be on the rack we got for Christmas that came with a cover.  I also got a propane torch to help speed up the process :good:

 

Has anyone done this?  Time and temp? I have split and whole, ranging anywhere from 14 inches to 3 feet.  If it would somehow leave a residue or taint the joe, I don't want to do it.  I figure oak would mainly just have moisture coming out of it, but I'm no tree surgeon.

 

Here's the pit for those who like to see different ideas.  The inside is about 4 feet in diameter and the back is probably 4.5-5 feet tall.  Thanks for any help!

 

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i would (wood?) say no, probably not worth any risk, real or imagined. if youre super hard up for some fire action, get some wood from the grocery store or something, and keep that in your garage for getting wetter logs started. IMO spending 20 bucks on a few bundles of kiln dried wood is a better bet than potentially messing up your 1500 dollar smoker.

 

Just my $0.02

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First let me say that is a really gorgeous fire pit. I love it. 

 

Wet wood shouldn't be a problem. I agree with the above go buy some kiln dried mini splits from a good BBQ store. Academy Sports sells them if you have that store locally. Once you get a resonably decent bed of coals that wet wood you have will burn no problem. Also skinnier pieces burn hotter but quicker. 

 

Let's see a night time picture of it fired up. 

 

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7 hours ago, KJTerp said:

i would (wood?) say no, probably not worth any risk, real or imagined. if youre super hard up for some fire action, get some wood from the grocery store or something, and keep that in your garage for getting wetter logs started. IMO spending 20 bucks on a few bundles of kiln dried wood is a better bet than potentially messing up your 1500 dollar smoker.

 

Just my $0.02

Yeah, you're right. Just thought it might be another use for the kamado! 

2 hours ago, philpom said:

I would do it in my offset but not in my ceramic.  Start the pit with some bagged wood as above and then add the wet wood or start it with charcoal and put the wet wood on top.

 

Would that go for the Akorn too?

1 hour ago, ckreef said:

First let me say that is a really gorgeous fire pit. I love it. 

 

Wet wood shouldn't be a problem. I agree with the above go buy some kiln dried mini splits from a good BBQ store. Academy Sports sells them if you have that store locally. Once you get a resonably decent bed of coals that wet wood you have will burn no problem. Also skinnier pieces burn hotter but quicker. 

 

Let's see a night time picture of it fired up. 

 

Thanks! I'll probably get one this weekend if I remember! Saturday and Sunday are both clear.

29 minutes ago, Panchango said:

Super nice.

 

I would be tempted to put a liner in it and make that a water fall with some water lilies. 

Haha that would be awesome. Now that it's had a few fires in it the back wall is turning a really cool golden brown. I don't have a daylight picture of that yet.

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On 1/3/2019 at 6:05 PM, ckreef said:

First let me say that is a really gorgeous fire pit. I love it. 

 

Wet wood shouldn't be a problem. I agree with the above go buy some kiln dried mini splits from a good BBQ store. Academy Sports sells them if you have that store locally. Once you get a resonably decent bed of coals that wet wood you have will burn no problem. Also skinnier pieces burn hotter but quicker. 

 

Let's see a night time picture of it fired up. 

 

Getting an early start today on two pork butts. This thing will get going and hopefully I'll remember the night picture.

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On 1/3/2019 at 6:05 PM, ckreef said:

First let me say that is a really gorgeous fire pit. I love it. 

 

Wet wood shouldn't be a problem. I agree with the above go buy some kiln dried mini splits from a good BBQ store. Academy Sports sells them if you have that store locally. Once you get a resonably decent bed of coals that wet wood you have will burn no problem. Also skinnier pieces burn hotter but quicker. 

 

Let's see a night time picture of it fired up. 

With some football right by.

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