Fruit wood and pesticides

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Fruit wood and pesticides

Post by Puff » July 25th, 2014, 8:28 pm

I have made an attempt in the last several weeks to clear up a few thoughts on using cut wood or wood pruned from local orchards as smoker fuels. My concerns are that the chemicals used on the trees might have residual amounts in the wood and wreak havoc in the food we eat.

So... I can only say that this little tid bit took several referrals and letters to acquire but I kinda like the end result"

Here is a copy of the paragraph that yields the information I was looking for ......it comes from a research microbiologist at the forest products lab at the Univ.. Of Wisconsin

As a fruit tree grower, I do know that the pesticides used on fruit trees are intended to have a short effective duration so that the fruit is edible two weeks following the last application. The pesticide is applied every 2 weeks during the summer season because that is the hatch cycle of insect eggs, which again suggests to me that the efficacy of the pesticide is only two weeks otherwise a single application would be effective for more than one hatch cycle of the insect.

Sorry that I don’t have any more information than that.


With that information I feel a bit better about going to some local apple and peach orchards and taking some of the wood they have each year

Figured I'd pass that along


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Re: Fruit wood and pesticides

Post by Pete Mazz » July 26th, 2014, 6:03 am

Try it and let us know if you can lay some eggs 2 weeks from now. :beer:


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Re: Fruit wood and pesticides

Post by Puff » July 26th, 2014, 7:05 am

Unless you harvest it yourself, how does anyone really know about the source. With such stories about dumping and contaminated areas, previously unknown to locals, it irks me a bit. All of the wood I have, has lived with me for over 35 years, I know the source and feel comfortable with using it. This at least takes the edge off....a tiny bit. There are a lot of big orchards here the would possibly be a big source of peach and apple

Not that I'm completely crazy but, I test our well water annually , had my soils tested in a spot where nothing would grow, it was fill dirt but while not contaminated, had zero organic material in it. Heck , why not check the wood!

Pete, I have some "other"apple if you'd like to try it.... [-x


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Re: Fruit wood and pesticides

Post by Pete Mazz » July 26th, 2014, 10:46 am

just kidding of course!

Actually it's a valid concern. One I probably would never have thought to ask.


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Re: Fruit wood and pesticides

Post by Rodcrafter » July 26th, 2014, 12:40 pm

So really by the time it is ready to burn (cured) it is good to go. I really didn't know that for sure, just figured it was true. Good to know. Thanks


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Re: Fruit wood and pesticides

Post by Puff » July 26th, 2014, 1:06 pm

Hey Pete, I know your kidding...I know by now, especially here, that you better be able to enjoy a good poke every so often...somedays more than others :strongbad:

I assumed the same thing...if it's burn able it's probably good to go. I have heard some scary stories. In Vermont, some of my friends work at the asbestos mines...you know where that wound up. It's one of those lawyer commercials these days.

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Re: Fruit wood and pesticides

Post by Gizmo » July 27th, 2014, 6:41 am

Thanks for sharing the research Puff! :-B

But that still doesn't explain the hallucinations I'm having smoking chicken….. :-ss


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Re: Fruit wood and pesticides

Post by SmokinFF » July 27th, 2014, 10:22 am

Your supposed to put the chicken in the cooker Gizmo. Don't just smoke the chicken, that's called E-Coli. :beer:


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Re: Fruit wood and pesticides

Post by Gizmo » July 28th, 2014, 9:57 pm

L-)


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