Best smelling wood

Ehouse Posted By Ehouse, Jan 4, 2013 at 7:18 AM

  1. coaly

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    We're always putting orange peels on the stove top at moderate temps. One has to wonder if orange wood smells like, er... orange?
     
  2. bogydave

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    Of the 2 choices I have (Birch & spruce) , spruce smells the best unless it's a log with allot of pitch.

    The black smoke off the birch bark is nasty stuff.

    The smell of it in the stack seasoning, birch smells pretty good & the spruce don't have much odor at all.

    Neither wood has the good smell of the smoker when using "store bought" apple or hickory. ;)
     
  3. BuckthornBonnie

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    Apple, Lilac, Hickory all smell nice to me.

    A lot of the other hardwoods have the traditional "firewood" smell goin on... which I also love.

    The worst is an undergrowth tree my old man loves cutting from wet areas. The stuff is terrible!! (but very dense).
     
  4. The Beagler

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    Favorites: cherry & apple. Hickory & walnut a close second. Worst: ornamental pear & tulip poplar
     
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    Alder, apple, pecan, doug fir, larch, cherry/plum, & maple.

    The bad 'uns: cottonwood, willow, aspen, & poplar all smell like cat pee.
     
  6. Gark

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    Eucalyptus.
     
  7. Wood Duck

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    When cutting i think Black Birch is the best because of the wintergreen smell, although I generally like the smell of most oaks, pines, red cedar, fruit woods, sassafras, maple, and I guess most woods.

    I can't smell the wood when it burns in the stove unless I am outside, and then only until the secondaries kick in. With the secondaries burning it all smells like burning coal to me, which isn't a great smell in my opinion.
     
  8. Cross Cut Saw

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    I have very limited experience to reference from but I always like a little birch or white oak.

    The birch is almost like incense, we used to have this little log cabin incense burner my mom would light up around the holidays, reminds me of that...
     

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