Cooking over a wood-burning fire is one of time’s oldest traditions. It offers a delicious, mouthwatering flavor that’s simply not found in the oven, microwave, stove, or even with charcoal fires. From steaks and pork chops to hamburgers, hot dogs, seafood and vegetables, you can cook just about any food over a wood-burning fire.

But are all cooking woods the same? Can you use green wood? Or seasoned wood? Or should you only use kiln dried cooking wood? You’ll want to consider this, because the type of wood definitely matters when you cook. In this article, we’ll explore whether or not seasoned wood is good for cooking.

What Is Seasoned Cooking Wood?

Seasoned cooking wood is any type of wood used for cooking (can be hardwood or softwood), that’s been dried through a process called seasoning. When wood is cut or falls from a tree, it’s moisture content is typically around 50%. We call this green wood, and it is not good for burning. As you probably know, moisture tends to kill fires, so using green wood means your fire will struggle to burn. Instead of burning the wood and producing flavorful smoke, you will first burn tons of steam that adds no flavor and lowers the temperature of your coals.

Seasoned firewood has been cut, chopped, and stacked so that it can air-dry. This process typically takes about a year. When done right, it can reduce the moisture content of wood from 50% down to 20-30%.

The problem is, many people do not season their wood properly. They chop it and then throw it into a big pile instead of stacking it to allow airflow. Or they might only season it for a few months. Or they might leave it to season in the rain or in the dirt. When you order seasoned wood, you really don’t know what kind of quality you’re going to get.

And so, seasoned cooking wood is better than green cooking wood, but it does present some problems.

Problems with using seasoned cooking wood for cooking

Seasoned cooking wood does have a lower moisture content than green wood, but the air drying process presents some challenges. Even when seasoned properly, the following issues can emerge:

Seasoned cooking wood is rotting: Wood decays over time, and wood with higher moisture contents can decay faster. Bugs can get into the wood when stored outside, especially when stored on the ground, and these bugs only contribute to the decaying process. Rotting wood is less dense, which means there is less wood to burn and your cooking wood will not last as long. It also gives a musty smell, which is not ideal for cooking!

Seasoned cooking wood typically has mold and fungus: As the wood decays, it is prone to growing mold or fungus in the wood. We don’t know about you, but cooking over mold sounds like a bad idea. Not only can it present health risks, but it tastes horrible.

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Seasoned cooking wood still has moisture: Seasoned wood does have less moisture than green wood, and therefore burns hotter. This is, of course, supposing you received quality seasoned firewood. Even still, seasoned wood will have more moisture than kiln dried firewood. This extra moisture will reduce the heat of your flame, delay the creation of flavorful smoke, and waste time.

The best cooking wood has been kiln dried

If you really want the best cooking experience, then you want kiln dried firewood for cooking. It doesn’t matter if you’re cooking with sticks, splits, or chunks, kiln dried wood can produce amazing results.

And of course, Cutting Edge Firewood offers only the best kiln dried cooking wood available. While many cooking wood providers kiln dry their wood at 175 degrees for 75 minutes, we go far beyond the USDA standards and dry our wood at 250 degrees for 48 hours.

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We don’t just want to kill the bugs, we want to kill the fungus and the mold. We want to remove as much moisture as possible. In fact, the moisture content of our cooking wood is 5-10%, much lower than green wood and even seasoned firewood. We also only kiln dry wood that has been freshly cut – this means you will always receive dense hardwoods from us that will burn for a longer amount of time and at a hotter temperature.

Other benefits include:

  • Our cooking wood is easier to light
  • Our cooking wood is hand selected for quality so you only get the best
  • We provide consistent quality every time – no more seasoned firewood roulette
  • We package it neatly, offering you a better experience
  • Better flavor with no musty aroma
  • Kiln dried cooking wood is safer – producing less soot-rich smoke and containing no mold or fungus

If you ever felt like getting the wood in your grill or smoker was a chore to light, then you need to try Cutting Edge Firewood. It truly makes a powerful difference and better flavor!

What kind of wood should I choose?

When it comes to smoking or grilling meat and veggies, the species of wood you choose matters. You might also want to know what size wood you need. When it comes to size, we offer three primary options:

1) Cooking Logs (aka Cooking Sticks): These are 16″ long pieces of firewood for full sized smokers.

2) Cooking Chunks: These are 2-3″ chunks and designed for ceramic grills like Kamado Joe, Big Green Egg, or Primos. Find out why we recommend cooking chunks over cooking chips.

3) Cooking Splits: These guys are 8″ long and skinny, perfect for offset smokers, vertical smokers, or oversized ceramic grills.

Do you have a wood fired pizza oven? Then make sure you try our pizza cut firewood as well!

When it comes to the species of wood, then it’s all about flavor. Each species has unique burn properties and flavors, so they’re all worth a try!

Variety of Wood Species

Pecan is our most popular wood for cooking. With just the right amount of classic flavor, this wood offers a smoky taste perfectly suited for meats such as ribs and poultry. Our quality pecan wood is popular amongst both restaurants and residential customers alike, and was even featured in Garden and Gun.

Hickory packs a powerful flavor punch, and when you bite into something cooked over it, the food bites back. It’s a classic choice and renowned around the world for its excellent flavor. Hickory goes well with venison and any larger cuts of meat.

Cherry: There is a reason George Washington cut down his father’s cherry tree: it makes for some incredible cooking wood! Cherry wood is a favorite for cooking because it provides a sweet flavor and rosy color to food like pork, chicken, or fish.

Oak is a timeless classic, and a popular hardwood firewood from one of America’s most iconic trees. Oak has a more subtle flavor than hickory or cherry. It’s a great choice for cooking high heat items like steak or pizza.

Become the Barbecue King of your neighborhood

Become the barbecue king of your neighborhood by using the right cooking wood. Cutting Edge Firewood offers the finest quality smoking chunks, cooking wood splits, and cooking wood logs for cooking. We even offer complimentary shipping nationwide for chunks and splits! View all products by visiting our online store, or shop our best sellers below:

  • 8″ Cherry Cooking Wood Splits – Standard Box

    $49.00

    How sweet it is – Cherry Cooking Wood Splits provide a wonderful fruit wood for grilling or smoking. Cherry is a popular cooking wood because of its sweet flavor and beautiful color, and there is no better source for cherry cooking wood than Cutting Edge Firewood.

    Cutting Edge Cooking Wood Splits are the perfect size for offset smokers, vertical smokers, or large kamado style smokers like the Primo XL400 or Big Green Egg. The Standard Box is 8.5” x 8.5” x 8.5” and stacked neatly with splits. Each split is 8″ long and 1-2″ wide. We also offer a Large Cherry Splits Box.

    Cherry Cooking Wood Splits receive complimentary shipping throughout the United States.

  • 8″ Cooking Wood Splits Variety Pack – Large Box

    $159.00

    Our Large sized cooking wood split variety pack includes 4 different types of splits. It’s the perfect gift for the smoking enthusiast in your life or a great way to experience a variety of flavors throughout the year.

    Our cooking wood splits are the perfect size for people looking to cook with miniature logs – each one is about 8 inches long and cut to fit into smaller smokers, vertical smokers, and offset smokers. You don’t want to settle for wood that can’t get hot enough or that will give your food a musty flavor, so choose the best. Choose Cutting Edge Firewood!

    Our large variety box is 17” x 17” x 8.5” and contains all 4 standard smaller boxes, one each of Pecan, Cherry, Hickory, and Oak. Individually those boxes have a value of $216, but when combined they are available for $159!

    Order today to receive complimentary shipping nationwide!

  • Hickory Cooking Wood Box

    $59.00

    If you love bold flavors that bite back, then you’ll love our hickory cooking wood. Used by competition BBQ teams and chefs around the country, this is the best hickory cooking wood available.

    Each box contains ultra kiln dried hickory – no bugs, no mold, no fungus, and barely any moisture. This is pure cooking wood at it’s finest and you will not be disappointed with the burn quality or flavor your food receives.

    We offer complimentary same day delivery in Atlanta and ship nationwide. Order today to give your food some incredible bold flavor.

  • Pecan Smoking Chunks

    $69.00$199.00

    Pecan is the most legendary cooking wood in the South, and Cutting Edge Firewood offers the best Pecan available. Maybe that’s why our Pecan Chunks were featured in Garden and Gun magazine.

    Pecan cooking wood chunks provide the perfect flavor for any smoking and barbecue enthusiasts. Pecan burns hotter and longer, and it ignites quickly and easily. The size of the Pecan Chunk cooking wood is the perfect solution to achieve delicious flavor in your grills or smokers like Primo, Big Green Egg, or Kamado Joe.

    The Standard Box is 8.5” x 8.5” x 8.5”, and has enough chunks for 8-12 meals. The Large Box is 19″ x 13.5″ x 13.5″, and has enough chunks for 40-55 meals. Chunks come in an assortment of sizes–approximately 1″ – 4″ diameter.

    Pecan Chunks receive complimentary shipping throughout the United States.

    To start your purchase, select your desired quantity below and then add to cart.

  • Pizza Cut Cooking Wood

    $89.00$399.00

    Want to make pizza in your backyard that gives your friends and family a true taste of Italy? Then make sure you use Cutting Edge Firewood’s premium pizza cut firewood.

    We partnered with professional pizza chefs to design the perfect wood for wood fired pizza ovens. All of our wood is perfectly dry, dense, and cut to enable a fast lighting fire that burns hotter and longer than anything else in the market. The incredibly clean oak flavor will give you the confidence of knowing that you’re making your best pizza.

    Boxes have enough wood for 20-30 pizzas and racks have enough for up to 200 pizzas.  Each piece of pizza cut wood is 16″ long and 1-2″ thick. We can ship or deliver inside our boxes or racks.  If you have a smaller pizza oven like the Ooni Pro or Ooni Karu, then make sure you check out our miniature pizza cut wood! 

    Pizza Cut Cooking Wood Box includes kindling and fire starters along with complimentary shipping.

    Choose your quantity of racks or boxes and then add to cart to begin your incredibly delicious pizza making experience.

  • Smoking Chunks Variety Pack

    $49.00

    Are you a backyard BBQ Master? Have you given your grill(s) their own special name? Then you need to try our premium smoking wood chunks. Our Variety Pack offers the perfect way to experience a variety of premium flavors and taste the difference for yourself. These boxes also make for the perfect gift for the smoking enthusiast in your life.

    Cutting Edge Firewood produces the best possible smoking chunks because the best food deserves the best flavor. Each variety pack contains 2-3 meals worth of Pecan, Cherry, Hickory, and Oak. The box itself is 8.5” x 8.5” x 8.5” and contains 4 smaller boxes, each with a different species of wood.

    If you’ve been thinking about trying our smoking wood chunks, then this is the best way to do it! You can also go big and try our large variety pack which is  4 times larger and costs $149.

    Complimentary Shipping across the United States.

  • Ultimate 16″ Bulk Firewood Package

    $1,699.00

    Looking for the best firewood available? Our Ultimate 16″ Bulk Firewood Package includes everything you need for a great season of memorable fires. This package includes 5 racks of firewood, and you get to choose which ones!

    Why is our firewood the best? It undergoes a rigorous drying process, spending 48 hours in a kiln at 250 degrees. This is 12 times longer than FDA requirements, and guarantees that our wood is extremely dry, has no bugs, mold, or fungus, is easier to light, and burns brightly with less smoke. You’ll see the difference from the first match.

    The Ultimate package includes more than just 5 racks of wood, however. Each package also includes…

    The Ultimate package contains up to a $2,000 retail value. Add it to your cart to reveal our special pricing for this amazing package. You can mix and match any of the following racks.

    If you’re interested in a smaller order, check out our firewood boxes for shipping.