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Wood for cooking.

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Doc Opa

Wood for cooking.

I was wondering if elm is OK for cooking in the oven.

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gary.turner

Elm, in my experience, does not have off tastes or smells. Compare to hackberry which simply stinks when burnt. It is not a good firewood, though, because its grain interlocks with itself similar to acacia and locust. It is a bugbear to split. That makes it an excellent wood for tool handles, wheel hubs and sheaves; not so much for oven fuel.

The real answer is to burn some and see whether it's OK for you.

cheers,

gary

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