Smoking Woods Reference Table

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Re: Smoking Woods Reference Table

Postby keith157 » 13 Jun 2012, 09:37

Never knew that Iroko charcoal......interesting....I'd assume that anything harmful would have been removed in the charcoaling process. I'd suggest maybe contacting that supplier for answers :)
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Re: Smoking Woods Reference Table

Postby London Irish » 13 Jun 2012, 09:50

Keith,

I've decided to bin the Iroko :roll: , considering the amount of different types of wood I have in my shed, it's not worth the risk.....
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Re: Smoking Woods Reference Table

Postby keith157 » 13 Jun 2012, 10:44

Shelving the Iroko until a definitive answer is given is a good idea 8-) . The only company I've managed to find selling it is in Nigeria, but they didn't ask for my bank details. :o
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Re: Smoking Woods Reference Table

Postby London Irish » 13 Jun 2012, 11:15

Iroko is indigenous to Nigeria. Sent them an email seeking advice along with a/n and sort code ;)
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Re: Smoking Woods Reference Table

Postby London Irish » 13 Jun 2012, 11:58

Just written to the International Dendrology Society to seek their advice.....
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Re: Smoking Woods Reference Table

Postby keith157 » 13 Jun 2012, 12:17

London Irish wrote:Iroko is indigenous to Nigeria. Sent them an email seeking advice along with a/n and sort code ;)


If we meat at a comp I'll tell you a what a mate of mine had to deal with when trying to deal with their Govt :shock: utterly unbelievable
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Re: Smoking Woods Reference Table

Postby London Irish » 14 Jun 2012, 08:19

Look forward to it :)
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Re: Smoking Woods Reference Table

Postby London Irish » 19 Jun 2012, 14:37

**************************************Important Notice regards Iroko Wood*************************************

After discussing this subject with a dendrologist in South Africa, he has advised that there has been no study of the smoking of Iroko, althought the general opinion is that it's harmless, I'd advise not to use it. I apologise for suggesting using it in the first place.

This is what he wrote...
Unfortunately we are not aware of any definitive research on the topic, and need to reserve an opinion.
Iroko is a very well-known hardwood occurring in Angola and central Africa.
The botanical name is Milicia excelsa and it is in the family of the fig trees, hence it has a slightly milky sap when fresh.
We don’t have this tree in South Africa, thus we have never used it as a braaiwood and cannot comment on properties involving carcinogenic agents.
However, being of the fig family it sounds unlikely (though not impossible).
I have also heard that Chivas regal contains carcinogenic agents, but I seem to enjoy it nevertheless.
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Re: Smoking Woods Reference Table

Postby keith157 » 19 Jun 2012, 16:17

Good comments, I'd prefer the known carcinogenics of CR rather than the unknown of Iroko. I bet it doesn't taste as good either
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Re: Smoking Woods Reference Table

Postby awesselbaum » 22 Jun 2012, 11:22

Anybody know about pistachio shells ? I've got a load.
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