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Grapevines for Smoking (meat that is, lol)

Posted By: Millie
Date: Tuesday, January 18, 2005 at 4:06 p.m.

In Response To: Grapevines for Smoking (meat that is, lol) (Rick Jackson)

Apple, common name for certain related trees of the rose family, and for the pome fruit of the trees. The apple tree, a deciduous plant, grows mainly in the temperate areas of the world. The fruit is a firm, fleshy structure derived from the receptacle of the flower. Apple leaves are broadly oval in shape and are somewhat woolly on the undersides.The apple tree is widely cultivated throughout temperate regions of the world for its juicy, edible fruit. The many varieties of apples have been popular for centuries and growers have selectively bred certain superior wild varieties for domestication and mass production. The flowers in bloom have a rounded appearance. Some apple blossoms are white, but the majority of apple blossoms have stripes or tints of rose. A few apple species bloom with bright red flowers. Apple wood is hard, durable, and very fine-grained.

AROMA /SMOKING ASPECTS: Most everyone loves apples! Great for smoking or cooking. Used especially on pork, poultry or fish. It 's mild smoking tendency adds just the right flavors to foods. You can even add an apple ring to spice up your dish.

White Birch

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The silver birch tree, one of a number of birches native to parts of South America and to temperate and arctic regions of the northern hemisphere, is a deciduous tree growing to a height of 30 m (70 ft). This birch has silver-white bark that slowly turns black at the base of the trunk in older plants. Its leaves turn a bright yellow in autumn.

AROMA /SMOKING ASPECTS: White Birch burns great, produces a considerable number of BTU's (heat) and gives whatever meat you're smoking a nice, mild flavor. You must start the fire and let the bark burn off prior to cooking your foods as the bark produces a black soot. After the bark is burnt it is a wonderful heat and aromic wood.


Walnut,The walnut, of the genus Juglans, is a deciduous tree grown for its timber, aromatic leaves, edible nuts, and ornamental foliage. Preferring sunny locations with deep, fertile, well-drained soils, walnut trees grow to heights of 15 to 20 m (50 to 70 ft).

Trees of the walnut family, some reaching great heights and girths, once were important components of the deciduous forests of eastern North America, but most have now been cut for their valuable timber. In addition to the walnut itself, other important members are the butternuts, pecans, and hickories.

The walnut family is placed in an order with a family containing a single species, an aromatic deciduous tree confined to China and Vietnam. All members of the order have pinnately compound leaves—that is, leaves divided into individual leaflets attached along both sides of a central stalk. Typically, the buds, fruits, flowers, and undersides of the leaves are covered with yellowish scales. The unisexual flowers are individually inconspicuous and lack petals. They are borne in dense clusters, or inflorescences, called spikes or catkins; the clusters characteristically have bracts that are more conspicuous than the flowers themselves. The fruits are one-seeded nuts or winged nutlets.

AROMA /SMOKING ASPECTS: Walnut has a nutty kind of aroma. Sweet but dense. Holds the heat well and puts off a nice ember glow.


Piñon, also spelled pinyon, common name for multiple species of nut trees of the pine family, found in arid regions from Wyoming to California and southward to northern Mexico. One species of piñon, the Mexican piñon pine, is found in Arizona and New Mexico as well as Mexico. It rarely exceeds 6 m (20 ft) in height and its needles are sheathed in groups of two or three. The oily, brown seeds are marketed in quantity in northern Mexico. Several other species also yield edible nuts.

AROMA /SMOKING ASPECTS: The piñon pine is very rare and has a distinctive aroma. Take the outdoor woods and visualize in your mind the comforts of a soft breeze and the smell of the pine in the air around you.. Clean and fresh. There is no other natural aroma like Piñon Pine. When cooking with Piñon Pine it gives your food a blend of subtle natural flavors not found in any stores in the states. Leaves a golden brown/shiny coating on your hot dogs and the taste is out of this world. When Smoking... Pre soak some Piñon Pine for a few hours in a basin of water. Then start by building a fire with regular small wood or dry Piñon Pine. Add soaked pinon and your favorite food and close the lid. The aromas while they cook will stir up your appetite!


Persimmon, common name for trees of a genus of the ebony family. The common persimmon is native to the eastern United States, growing wild from Connecticut and Iowa south to Florida and Texas; it grows up to 15 m (up to 50 ft) and has oblong leaves and unisexual flowers. The edible fruit is a large berry about the size of an apricot, with a tomatolike skin; it is extremely astringent until very ripe, when it becomes sweet and palatable. The persimmon tree yields a heavy, hard, close-grained wood that is used for shuttles and bobbins in the textile industry and for golf-club heads and other sports equipment. The Japanese persimmon is cultivated in the warm sections of the United States, particularly in California, for its fruit.

AROMA /SMOKING ASPECTS: This is an excellent wood for smoking because the wood is extremely dense, burns slowly, generates lots of BTU's (heat) and impacts a wonderful flavor. It resembles hickory.


Pecan, common name for a species of hickory of the walnut family. The name is applied also to the tree's edible fruit, a nut enclosed in the fleshy ripened hypanthium. The tree, which grows 23 to 30 m (75 to 100 ft) high, is native to North America. It grows in river bottoms from Iowa and Indiana southwest into Texas and Mexico, and is now grown commercially in a number of southeastern states and in California. The pecan has not proved commercially successful north of latitude 40°. Pecans grow on nearly all soils, but for nut production a sandy loam soil with a clay subsoil has proved most satisfactory in the southern states. The nuts have a rounded oblong shape and vary in weight from 25 to 100 to the pound. The varieties called paper shell pecans are considered most desirable. Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, and Florida furnish the bulk of the commercial crop.

AROMA /SMOKING ASPECTS: Pecan has a very sweet rich flavor accent to any meat, poultry or fish. Refreshing to enjoy while using in the fireplace inside or out.


Pear, common name for about 20 species of trees of a genus in the rose family, and for their fruit. The common pear is native to Europe; the Chinese sand pear is native to the Orient. Both species are extensively cultivated for their fruit in cool, humid, temperate regions throughout the world.

Under cultivation, standard pear trees attain heights of up to 9 m (30 ft), with trunks 30 cm (12 in) or more in diameter. The leaves are oval and simple and, unlike those of the apple, smooth and glossy. The white flowers, which are borne in umbels, have five sepals, five petals, many stamens, and a single pistil. The fruit is a pome, juicier than the apple, and varying from apple-shaped to teardrop-shaped. Among different varieties, the thin skin varies in color from light yellow and green through red and brown. The thick flesh varies in flavor among different varieties.

AROMA /SMOKING ASPECTS: Pear cooking and smoking is very similar to apple. Has a nice easy flavor and adds a sweetness to your pork, chicken, fish or meats. Pear is a common smoking wood used by many.


Believed to be native to China, peach trees grow in temperate and subtropical regions worldwide. Over 300 varieties of peaches are currently cultivated in the United States. A relatively short-lived plant, the peach tree has an average orchard life of seven to nine years.

The peach is not a long-lived tree, seldom living 30 years, and the life of a commercial orchard is usually 7 to 9 years. The principal peach-growing states are California, South Carolina, and New Jersey. Peaches are shipped from Texas for the early market, and they are grown commercially in many other states.

AROMA /SMOKING ASPECTS: Peach is used primarily for poultry, pork or fish. Adds a mild sweet fruity flavor to your foods when smoking and gives off a pleasant aroma when enjoying it in a fireplace or chimenea.


A common name for a large genus of hardwood trees that are widespread in the North Temperate Zone. The oak genus contains about 450 species. Oaks are distinguished from the other ten or so genera in the beech family, to which the oak genus belongs, by various technical characteristics of their minute, clustered flowers, but they are easily recognized by their distinctive fruit, the acorn. About 60 species of oak occur in the United States and Canada, with about 150 additional species in Mexico. They grow in a variety of habitats, from seacoasts to high mountain slopes and from wet lowlands to high, dry mesas. Flowering occurs in the spring, before the new leaves appear, and large quantities of pollen are shed into the wind. The trees may be deciduous (losing their leaves in the fall) or evergreen. Most eastern United States species are deciduous—the live oak of the southeastern coastal plain being a notable exception—whereas the western United States has both many evergreen and many deciduous species.

Oaks produce durable, tough wood and are important lumber trees. The wood is used in cabinetry and barrel making and as flooring and veneers. Oaks are of some horticultural importance, but because most are slow growing, they are more often planted in public parks and gardens than in private lawns. Scarlet oak, willow oak, and pin oak, however, are moderate to fast-growing species that are well suited to both purposes.


Mulberry, common name for a family of mostly woody flowering dicot plants (see Dicots), widespread in the tropics, with some extensions into temperate areas, and for its representative genus. The family contains about 48 genera and 1200 species and has small, clustered, unisexual flowers, typical of the nettle order, to which it belongs. Members of the mulberry family are distinguished from the other members of the order by the presence of milky sap containing latex. The female flowers are often borne on the inside of a fleshy structure called a receptacle, which expands greatly as the fruit matures. Two well-known examples are the fig and the breadfruit. The mulberry genus contains about seven species of trees native to the temperate and subtropical northern hemisphere. Two species are native to North America: red mulberry, widespread in the eastern United States; and Texas mulberry, a small tree or shrub that occurs scattered across the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. White mulberry has been cultivated for centuries in China, and its leaves are the main food of the silkworm. Both the tree and the worm were introduced into the United States; the attempt to form a silk industry failed, but the white mulberry has become naturalized in the eastern and southern United States. Another important member of the family is osage orange.

AROMA /SMOKING ASPECTS: Mulberry is good for smoking or cooking. It has the fruity taste like Apple, Peach, Cherry and Pear with that same rich lasting taste! Great for dark meats, but has been used on chicken or fish also.


Maple, common name for a small family of trees, widespread in the temperate areas of the northern hemisphere, and for its representative genus. The family, which contains 2 genera and about 113 species, is recognized by its opposite leaves and small, radially symmetrical flowers in loose clusters. The flowers often lack petals. The ovary (female flower part) consists of two fused carpels (egg-bearing structures), which mature into two winged fruits. Maples are widely grown as ornamentals and street trees for their foliage and autumn colors. The species most commonly grown are medium to large deciduous trees with lobed "maple-shaped" leaves, such as the one depicted on the Canadian flag.

Commonly planted species are red maple, sugar maple, black maple, and Norway maple. All these are natives of North America and Europe. Many of the Asian species differ radically from their western relatives. Some are small trees or bushes, some are evergreen, and some have entire (unlobed) leaves. The box elder, a maple native to much of the United States, has compound leaves with three to five leaflets. In addition to their ornamental importance, maples are a source of good timber, especially sycamore maple, and of sugar or syrup, especially sugar maple. The other genus of the family contains two species that are found in China.

Maple has a wonderful taste when cooking with fish, jerky and bacon! Gives it a mild but sweet flavor similar to the aroma of boiling down maple syrup in Vermont.


They are about 30 m (about 100 ft) tall, often grows among oaks in dry uplands, and have long taproots. Their leaves are compound, with from 3 to 17 leaflets that turn bright yellow in autumn. Each tree has male and female flowers, the male found along the stem in hanging, three-branched catkins and the female found at the twig ends in small, petal less clusters. The usually hard-shelled nuts, 2.5 to 5 cm (1 to 2 in) in diameter, are enclosed in fleshy husks that dry and split into quarters. The species that bear large, sweet, edible nuts commonly gathered in the wild include the shagbark, the shellbark, the mockernut, and the wild pecan hickory. Other species bear nuts that are too small to be of value, or that have kernels with skin coverings containing tannin, giving them a bitter taste. Hickories are also valued for their tough, hard wood, which is used for tool handles, sports equipment, and furniture, and as fuel and a smoke wood for meats.

AROMA /SMOKING ASPECTS: Hickory is used primarily with beef, pork and wild game. It's a very popular smoking and aromic wood . It gives off a smell of an outdoor B-B-Q cooking. Very pleasant.


Well...I heard it through the grapevine
Charlie Chucks woods are more than just fine!
In general, a grapevine produces the best fruit when the moderate climate provides much sunshine and cool nights without frost, and the soil is well drained. Grapevines grow best in sandy, chalky, or rocky soils. Grapevines may produce fruit for 20 to over 100 years. The grapevine growth cycle begins in early spring when new shoots appear on the buds of the grapevine. These shoots develop flowers that blossom and then produce clusters of tiny green grapes. The grapes begin to ripen in midsummer and are ready to be harvested beginning in midfall, depending on the location, grape variety, weather, and the type of wine to be produced. By the end of fall, the vines lose their leaves and become dormant until the following spring.

Grapevines have many natural enemies: insects, molds, bacteria, viruses, and animals such as deer and birds that eat the young shoots or the sweet grapes. Certain soilborne pests, such as the root louse Phylloxera, destroy the roots of European grapevines. Vines native to North and South America have a natural resistance to this insect, but they often produce grapes with an undesirable flavor. To counter this problem, American vineyards use grapevines grown from two different parts: the roots from resistant American vines and the part above the ground from European vines. The process of combining parts of two different plants is known as grafting and works much like healing a broken bone.

AROMA ASPECTS: Grapevine is a pleasant smell. It is not one of the most popular brands but is favored by some. Not recommended for cooking purposes or smoking purposes, just basically for aromas in chineneas or fireplaces.

Corn Cob
Old Fashioned Recipe that Grandma's used. Used to use this for bacon and ham. Put corn cobs on fire and it gives an aroma of popcorn cooking. Cross my heart and I promise you'll love it.


The ancestors of most of the modern cultivated varieties of cherry are probably the sweet, or dessert, cherry and the sour, or pie, cherry. The former plant attains a height of up to 15 m (up to 50 ft) and has drooping leaves and peduncles, with small austere fruit. The latter has erect, smooth, shining leaves and a more juicy fruit, but is a much smaller tree. Both trees have white flowers in clusters or nearly sessile umbels. The sweet cherry tree is frequently planted for its fruit and for its beauty when in flower, and also for its value as a timber tree. It grows rapidly and has strong, close-grained wood, suitable for use by cabinetmakers, turners, and musical-instrument makers. Double varieties of both species are also grown.

AROMA /SMOKING ASPECTS: Cherry has a sweet smell. It works well with chicken and fish. It is a mild, but pleasing aroma. Similar to a cherry blend pipe scent. This is an excellent wood for cooking and smoking foods. It is one of the best selling woods we carry.

Cedar (tree), common name for three or four species of large trees native to mountainous areas of North Africa and Asia. Cedar trees belong to the pine family, the members of which have needlelike leaves and, like all conifers, bear their seeds on scales clustered into cones. Similar timber is used commonly in red cedar log homes. They differ from other members of the family in their evergreen four-angled leaves borne on short side-branches. Although no true cedars are native to North America, they are planted as ornamentals in milder areas, and various horticultural varieties, based on growth form and leaf color, exist. An arborvitae is also called cedar; western cedar and eastern white cedar are both important timber trees in the United States. Eastern red cedar, widespread in the eastern United States, is a juniper. The cedar used in our chunks are derived from western red cedar found in parts of Missouri and other Midwest states.

AROMA ASPECTS: This wood produces a very gentle clean fragrance that reminds people of cedar log cabins. A lot of people use this products in their closets and drawers to release an aroma on their stored clothing and it also discourages insects. The cedar product is a fragrant, durable, red-colored wood used in cabinetry and craft projects.

Balsam, balm meaning a fragrant, perennial herb.

It is native to Europe and has been introduced into North America. Balm has long been cultivated in gardens. The stems and leaves, formerly used in medicine as a gentle stimulant and tonic, are still occasionally used as such. The taste is somewhat astringent and the odor slightly aromatic. A variety of the common catnip, with an odor like that of balm, is often mistaken for it. Balmlike properties are common among the mints. The term balm is applied to several resins obtained from balsam fir trees. The balsam stand approximately 50-80 feet in height. Their needles contain sap which sometimes is used to make a sweet gum similar to spruce. It grows in northeastern regions of the United States. It is used for lumber and paper products also. Not recommend for cooking purposes.

AROMA ASPECTS: While burning you get the sense of snow falling and candles glowing and Christmas in the air. You can sense a wood stove smoke smell while walking down a country path and crisp fall air all around you. It is unique and no two people will experience the same aroma sensation. Make your home smell of chestnuts roasting and of Christmas aromas all year round!


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Grapevines for Smoking (meat that is, lol)
Rick Jackson -- Tuesday, January 18, 2005 at 2:27 a.m.
Grapevines for Smoking (meat that is, lol)
Millie -- Tuesday, January 18, 2005 at 4:06 p.m.
Re: Grapevines for Smoking (meat that is, lol)
Rick Jackson -- Tuesday, January 18, 2005 at 6:03 p.m.

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