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What Kind of Cooking Wood Should I Use? [Video]

The art of cooking with wood has been around for thousands of years. Although modern conveniences like microwaves and electric ovens have made cooking easier and quicker, they haven’t necessarily done us any favors when it comes to flavors.

Perhaps that is one of the reasons why cooking with wood has become so popular again. Not only does it connect us with the past through tradition, it also makes food taste better! Whether you choose to cook over wood in an open fire pit, a Big Green Egg, an offset smoker, a Pizza oven, or a full sized smoker we have the right type of cooking wood ready for you.

In this short video, we explain some of the most popular species of wood as well as introduce our different cuts of wood. Below, we’ll dive a bit deeper into the purpose of each wood.

What Size Wood do I need?

When it comes to the type of wood you cook with, size matters.

There are two primary concerns. First, you want to ensure there is enough wood to provide the heat and flavor required for cooking delicious food.  Second, you want to make sure you can fit the wood into whatever it is you’re cooking with. 16″ logs, for instance, won’t fit  into a smoker box that is  10″x10″x10.”

We offer several different sizes (or cuts) of wood, and each one has a special purpose.

Use Cooking Chunks For Charcoal Grills and Smokers

If you’re cooking with a Big Green Egg, Kamado Joe, Primo, Weber, or any  other  grill/smoker that typically  requires charcoal, then we recommend using cooking chunks. You can actually continue to use the charcoal as the primary heat source, but then add 2-3 wood chunks to produce wood flavor.

When do you add cooking chunks when smoking food?

Many people will attempt to use  cooking wood chips in this scenario, but we do not recommend this. Cooking chunks consistently produce better result than cooking chips. Chips are so small that they quickly turn to ash before they can provide much flavor. Chunks, on the other hand, can last for hours at a time.

Advanced cooks might choose to replace charcoal and cook with nothing but wood cooking chunks. This is certainly possible, our oak cooking  chunks can provide plenty  of heat and  replace charcoal. If you decide to  give this a try, we recommend using  oak chunks instead of charcoal, and then adding 2-3chunks of hickory or cherry or pecan to  add flavor to the cook.

  • Cherry Smoking Chunks

    $49.00$149.00

    How sweet it is – Cutting Edge Firewood’s Cherry Smoking Wood Chunks are a wonderful fruit wood for grilling or smoking. Cherry wood is a favorite for cooking because it provides a sweet flavor and rosy color to food. Cutting Edge smoking chunks are large and full of flavor, cut to the perfect size for backyard grills and smokers such as Primo grills, the Big Green Egg, or Kamado Joe.

    If you love your food and think it deserves only the best, then treat it tenderly by cooking it over Cutting Edge Firewood’s cherry cooking wood chunks.

    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” x 13”, and has enough chunks for 40-55 meals. Chunks come in an assortment of sizes–approximately 1″ – 4″ diameter.

    Cherry Chunks receive complimentary shipping throughout the United States.

    To purchase, select the quantity below and then add to cart.

  • Hickory Smoking Chunks

    $49.00$149.00

    Love bold flavors? Want to impress your friends and family when you cook in your own backyard? Then you need to try Cutting Edge Firewood’s Hickory Smoking Wood Chunks – the Mike Tyson of cooking woods. Our hickory packs a powerful flavor punch, and when you bite into something cooked over it, the food bites back.

    Cutting Edge smoking wood chunks are hand cut to be the perfect size for grills and smokers like the Primo grill, or the Big Green Egg, and the 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” x 13, and has enough chunks for 40-55 meals. Chunks come in an assortment of sizes–approximately 1″ – 4″ diameter.

     

    Hickory Chunks receive complimentary shipping throughout the United States.

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

  • 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.

  • The Smoking Chunks Variety Pack

    $49.00$159.00

    Are you a backyard BBQ Master? Have you given your grills their own special name? Then you need to try our world class cooking chunks. Our Variety Pack offers the perfect way to experience a variety of unmatched flavors. 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 a number of Pecan, Cherry, Hickory, and Oak chunks. We offer two sizes:

    • The Standard Box is 8.5” x 8.5” x 8.5” and has enough chunks for 8-12 meals.
    • Our large variety box contains 4 standard-sized boxes.

    This is an amazing way to enhance the flavor of your cooks. Order today to receive complimentary shipping nationwide!

Use Cooking Splits for Offset Smokers, Vertical smokers, and Large Kamado style grills

If you’re working with a smoker box that is too small for 16″ logs of cooking wood to fit, then you should try the cooking wood splits.  These  pieces of wood are “split” to be 8 inches long  and 1-2 inches  wide. These pieces of wood may look small, but they are dense hardwoods that can provide a lot of heat and burn time.

Similar to cooking chunks, you can mix splits with charcoal. Some professionals will get the fire going with charcoal, and then use nothing but splits once they start cooking the food. However, you can also cook an amazing meal using nothing but cooking splits!

  • 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!

  • 8″ Hickory Cooking Wood Splits

    $49.00$149.00

    Love bold flavors? Want to impress your friends and family when you cook in your own backyard? Then you need to try Cutting Edge Firewood’s Hickory Cooking Wood Splits – the Mike Tyson of cooking woods. Our hickory packs a powerful flavor punch, and when you bite into something cooked over it, the food bites back.

    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 wood is cut into 8″ long pieces and neatly stacked into our box. The Standard Box is 8.5” x 8.5” x 8.5” and weighs about 10 pounds, and the large box is 19″ x 14″ x 13″ and weighs about 45 pounds.

    Hickory Splits receive complimentary shipping throughout the United States.

  • 8″ Oak Cooking Wood Splits

    $49.00$149.00

    White Oak Cooking Splits are an awesome heat source for either grilling or smoking. It provides great heat and subtle flavors. Often, chefs like to mix Oak with other cooking wood. If you’re looking for the best oak cooking wood available, then look no further!

    Cutting Edge Oak 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 weighs about 10 pounds, while the Large Box is 19” x 14” x 13” and weighs about 45 pounds. Each split is 8″ long and 1-2″ wide.

    Oak Cooking Splits receive complimentary shipping throughout the United States.

  • 8″ Pecan Cooking Wood Splits

    $69.00$199.00

    Pecan cooking wood splits provides the perfect flavor for smoking and barbecue enthusiasts. Pecan burns hotter and longer, and it ignites quickly and easily. If you’re looking for the best pecan cooking wood available, then you need Cutting Edge Firewood. Our Pecan cooking wood was even featured in Garden and Gun magazine!

    Cutting Edge Cooking Splits are specifically designed for Vertical smokers, offset smokers, or even large kamado style smokers. The splits are like mini firewood logs – each one is cut down to 8″ in length and is split several times from an unsplit log. The Standard Box is 8.5″ x 8.5″ x 8.5″ and weighs 10 pounds, and the Large Box is 19″ x 13″ x 14″ and weighs about 40-45 pounds.

    Pecan Splits receive complimentary shipping throughout the United States.

Use Cooking Logs for Full Sized Smokers or Open Fire Cooking

If your smoker is so large you need a trailer, you probably need our 16″ firewood. If you plan to cook 20 racks of ribs at a time, then you probably need 16″ firewood. If you’re cooking over a grate and inside a fire pit, then you need our 16″ firewood.

All of our firewood receives the most rigorous drying process in the industry. That means it will come to you dry, clean, and ready to burn. No musty flavor from wood that is too moist, no mold or fungus cooked into your meal. Instead, you’ll cook over a fire that leads to incredible flavor!

Wood for Cooking over Fire

In order to get the fire lit for these large smokers, you should use some oak kindling and excelsior fire starters. They’re all-natural and will get the fire going really well without the risk of any fire starter chemicals that so many people use.

  • Cherry Cooking Wood Box

    $69.00

    There is a reason George Washington cut down his father’s cherry tree – he had a big cook planned and only wanted the best!

    For many competitive teams across America, cherry cooking wood is a favorite for use with nearly any grilled or smoked produce. Cherry provides a rosy color and a sweet, fruity flavor in vegetables, chicken, turkey, pork, seafood and more.

    Give your cooking a competitive edge by choosing the best Cherry cooking logs available. Each box has enough wood for 2-4 cooks. We also offer boxes of cherry smoking chunks and cooking splits.

    Available for complimentary same day delivery in Atlanta or we ship our boxes 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.

  • Oak Cooking Wood Box

    $59.00

    Popular amongst professional chefs and in many restaurants, Cutting Edge Oak Cooking wood is a cut above the rest. Oak wood is one of the most widely used hardwoods available and is known for its incredible heat and subtle smoky flavor. It creates perfect dishes without becoming too bold or overpowering, making it ideal for all types of red meat, pork, poultry or vegetables.

    Each box of oak cooking wood contains about 50 pounds of ultra dry oak cooking wood logs (less water weight and more wood for cooking) plus kindling and fire starters. It’s got everything you need for several amazing cooking experiences.

    Give your cooking a competitive edge and choose the best oak cooking wood available today. We also offer our oak cooking wood as chunks or splits.

    Boxes are eligible for complimentary same day delivery in Atlanta and ship nationwide.

  • 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.

Choose the Perfect Wood for your Pizza Oven

Wood fired pizza ovens have been growing in popularity. There is simply no better way to cook a pizza! The high heat allows the pizza to cook quickly, providing a crust that is perfectly crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

If you’re cooking inside a full sized pizza oven like the image above, then we recommend using our Pizza Cut firewood. These pieces of wood are 16″ long but cut thin to allow for better heat control and more consistent cooking. You won’t have any trouble getting it to light, and the clean wood will give your pizza  the  perfect taste!

If you’re cooking on a smaller pizza oven like the Ooni ProOoni  KaruBertollo Wood Fired Oven, or any other small, portable oven then we recommend our miniature pizza cut. These smaller pieces of wood are 6″ long and made from the same quality hardwood as our standard pizza cut. The dense wood will provide plenty of heat for making amazing pizzas wherever you make them!

  • Miniature Pizza Cut for Portable Ovens – Large Box

    $189.00

    Recent innovations in cooking technology means you can make incredible pizza without having a large, brick pizza oven installed in your backyard.

    If you’re looking for firewood for the Ooni Pro, Ooni  Karu, Bertollo Wood Fired Oven, and other similar pizza ovens then we have the perfect solution! Our miniature pizza cut firewood is 6″ long and fits nicely into these smaller, portable ovens. It’s cut from quality hardwoods and goes through the most rigorous kiln drying process in the industry. This means that, even though the wood cuts are small, it will still quickly create an incredibly hot fire that burns clean and provides amazing flavor to your pizza.

    Large box is good for 100-110 pizzas and holds 180-200 pieces.  19″ x 13″ x 13″ and weighs about 45 pounds.

    The Large Box of Miniature Pizza Cut for Portable Ovens includes a box of excelsior fire starters along with complimentary shipping throughout the United States.

  • Miniature Pizza Cut for Portable Ovens – Standard Box

    $69.00

    If you’re looking for firewood for the Ooni ProOoni  Karu, Gozney Roccbox, Gozney Dome, Bertollo Wood Fired Oven, and other smaller, portable pizza ovens, then we have the perfect solution! Our miniature pizza cut firewood for Ooni pizza ovens is 6″ long and fits perfectly. It’s cut from quality hardwoods and goes through the most rigorous kiln drying process in the industry. This means that, even though the wood cuts are small, it will still quickly create an incredibly hot fire that burns clean and provides amazing flavor to your pizza.

    Standard box is good for 20-30 pizzas and holds 55-60 pieces.   8.5″ x 8.5″ x 8.5″ and weighs about 10 pounds.

    This product receives complimentary shipping throughout the United States.

     

  • Pizza Cut Cooking Wood Box

    $89.00

    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.

    Designed specifically for wood fired ovens, our Pizza Cut wood gives you the hottest and longest burns. We partnered with professional pizza chefs to find the perfect way to cut the wood, and learned that the best pizza crust comes with properly managed burn temperatures.

    Temperature control in your oven is maximized by how hot you can get your flame. Our convenient pre-split wood eliminates all variables such as additional labor and drying, which gives you the confidence of knowing that you’re making your best pizza.

    Pizza cut wood is made from Oak, and each piece is approximately 16” in length. The box is 19″ x 13″ x 13″ and has enough wood for up to 20-30 pizzas. 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.

  • Pizza Cut Cooking Wood Rack

    $399.00

    Designed specifically for wood fired ovens, Pizza Cut gives you the hottest and longest burns. We partnered with professional pizza chefs and learned that the best pizza crust comes with properly managed burn temperatures. Temperature control in your oven is maximized by how hot you can get your flame. Our convenient pre-split wood eliminates all variables such as additional labor and drying, which gives you the confidence of knowing that you’re making your best pizza.

    Enough wood for up to 200 Pizzas.  Our patented metal racks are 2′ wide and  4′ tall with pizza cut oak wood, approximately 16” in length and  1-2″ in diameter. We loan our metal racks to local delivery customers and ship inside wooden racks to shipping customers. Get the best value for pizza wood by choosing our 16″ Ultimate Package.

    Firewood Rack Service

    Cutting Edge Firewood proudly offers firewood rack services nationwide. 

    • If you live within our “local delivery network” (Atlanta, Nashville, Charlotte, Chattanooga, Greenville and greater metro areas) you will receive a metal rack personally delivered by our Artisans.
    • If you live outside of our “local delivery network” across the United States, our rack products will be shipped via a freight company in a wooden rack to the end of your driveway.  Upgrade to Cutting Edge Firewood Metal Rack is available via phone.

What Species of Wood should I Cook With?

While there are many different species of wood that can make for great cooking, there are a few to avoid. First, we always recommend cooking with hardwoods instead of softwoods. Not only do hardwoods last longer and provide better heat, they also taste better. The problem with grilling or smoking foods with softwood cooking wood is that it exposes your foods to resin-saturated smoke, and resin does not taste good!

So stick with the following hardwoods and you will be in good shape!

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 any meat. Our quality pecan wood is popular amongst both restaurants and residential customers alike, and was even featured in Garden and Gun.
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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, burgers, steaks, and any larger cuts of meat.
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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.
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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.
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Maple is a sweet take on one of nature’s most beautiful trees. The same wood that creates syrup will add a sweet flavor to your food in a way that is delicious and memorable.
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Apple wood is as American as apple pie or Johnny Appleseed. It provides a sweet, apple smoked flavor to your food and is a crowd favorite when cooking pork, poultry, seafood, and lamb.
Shop Apple Cooking Wood Logs or Splits or Chunks

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