Woodcraft Bush Wisdom 🔥Unique, Hot, Lasting, Coals and Smoking Fuel🔥 👍👍👍

Woodcraft Bush Wisdom 🔥Unique, Hot, Lasting, Coals and Smoking Fuel🔥 👍👍👍

certain barks have some properties that make them very useful as a fuel for certain things for one thing they can have a very high fuel value it burns for a long time and it puts out a lot of heat over that time that it's burning it forms kind of a cast of ash over the outside so you know how BBQ briquettes pressed carbonized sawdust and coal or something they do this thing where as they burn they form this layer of thick thick ash that doesn't change shape and it just stays there and what that does is two things it slows the burning down so the heat lasts longer it spreads the heat out and it moderates the heat and makes an even heat rather than like you have a hot point here and a hot point here not only here the ash kind of makes it all a little bit more even and this does exactly that that this is like nature's charcoal briquette or you might say you know the opposite that charcoal briquettes are artificial bark so around here there's two barks that I know that are the best barks I've used different species of Oaks like for instance the tan of that I use for tanning a lot but it just isn't as good as this bark for instance which is black oak bark so California black oak quercus ecology I and Coast live oak quercus Agra folia and that one has the thickest heaviest consistently thickest heaviest bark I know like even a small tree will have this really thick bark on it and it's just awesome stuff I used to use that when I lived where it grew but it doesn't grow this far inland now I'm sure there's other oak barks that will work and I have used other ones but I can't really recall which ones but most of them are thin right so this is a problem the black oak trees are thick on a really big trees like this like this is just a limb off of a huge tree that's probably in the thickest area of that tree it's three and a half to four feet thick the bark on the base of that tree is probably you know an inch and a half thick or something so there's some interesting things I can tell you about this flavor-wise for barbecuing there it just has an excellent interesting unique flavor I know a guy I mean he's probably passed away by now if not he's well over a hundred those names ray harden from central California he came from an old ranching family I think at least three generations of ranchers down there in central California we were talking about it one day and he's like oh yeah that's all we use for barbecues so their family barbecue tradition is to use oak bark so I started smoking bacon with it and it works really really well for smoking bacon it has a low tendency to flare and catch on fire and you know because you don't want flames you just want to kind of burn real slow I smoked with a lot of different materials like a lot of different woods for smoking meat and they all have when it first comes off it just has this kind of harsh edgy taste over time it just mellows out and gets better and better for whatever reason this doesn't do that and it just has a nice mellow flavor right out of the gate so that's super cool too I've also ran across a couple of really interesting accounts from California Indians about using this you know every area of the world and every like traditional people have these cool little technologies and traditions and stuff that they do and this is one from California a lot of people probably do you know that Californian just cook in baskets you heat up rocks really hot you put the liquid in there and then you take the hot rocks out rinse them quickly drop them in and because of the basket is full of water it doesn't burn the basket like if you took a really red hot rock and just drop it straight in there and leave it that's probably not a great idea but what you do is you drop them in and use you just stir them you don't have to like panic stir them or anything like that it works its super cool and it boils very very fast but another way the baskets Rees for cooking was to toast things say if you were toasting seeds which is a real common food in California anyone that thinks that primitive people like that stupid paleo diet thing where like people didn't eat carbohydrates anyone who had access to any carbohydrate ate and and a lot of cases that was a lot of carbohydrate in California that was a staple the staples were acorns and seeds anyway so I had no rant so a way to a lot of the season need to be toasted either probably just for flavor but also to process so like if you have a grass seed with a hole it's like pretty firmly attached you need to like toast that and dry it or even burn it off so the way I do that in a basket is to take oak bark or other hot coals does it have to be oak bark it's just that they're really good because they hold together well and again they have a high fuel value and you take those you know knock the ash off toss them in a basket full of seeds like a flat tray and then you just work it and keep it moving constantly and if it moves constantly it just cooks and toasts the seeds without burning the basket you have to like be on top of it I mean you have to move it constantly another cool account I wrote it about was before going to sleep you'd make a small fire of oak bark at your feet and at your head and you'd sleep in between these two fires to stay warm because it burns for so long because of that ash cast the more ash it forms the slower it burns so it kind of burns quickly at first and then it just starts to slow down so every time a big tree like this falls down that has this nice thick bark I try to put up a tub or two of it to just have around just this limb alone has produced like you know there's like three big piles of bark here that I can make use of the ash is really useful I mean you can use it for tanning and soap making and I could scrub pots with it all kinds of stuff but it's great for agriculture to you I would guess that this has a much higher mineral content like useful mineral content than the wood itself and for instance I know that black oak leaves are supposed to contain a lot of calcium like especially high amount of calcium so I would guess that you know maybe the bark contains a lot of calcium but whatever the case any wood ash was useful in this environment where the soil is acidic like I can't imagine having too much ash to spread around my property and make it grow better and of course you can just use it as mulch and it's particularly useful for a mulch because it's already in flat sheets and plates so it helps to suppress weed growth and you can kind of like layer it in a thick layer or couple layers I mean I could really mulch tree really thickly with all of this bark and it would last for years and it's slowly feeding the soil over time and of course everyone's heard me talk about tanning with bark so with oak bark you know use it for tanning but you have to get it before it gets weather can rained on so you probably don't live in the same area that I live in have the same resources that I do but keep an eye on your different tree barks and just try burning them if you have some throw them in the fire and see what they do you might be surprised at how awesome they are I like really value this stuff highly it has very unique properties that no other wood stuff around here has and I put that to good use I think most people around here call these bark scorpions they live under bark in a log like this like it's predictable you're gonna find at least one they're actually pretty big this isn't a huge one here you just put my finger for size reference so this is most of the bark from this one large limb which is you know granted the size of a lot of medium-sized trees but it's a lot of arc you know everyone's into Hugo culture now so you need sources of carbon for that this would be great as I could use it to burn lime and I'll grade out like the heaviest densest least rotten in a tub to burn for barbecuing and foraging and stuff like that and the rest of it I'll probably put on some trees I'm starting a walnut tree from seed to try to grow like a new variety I think I'll mulch that with this stuff probably watch this [Applause]


  1. Thanks Steven for the knowledge gained by experience you share with us. Your videos are informative and enjoyable because they are authentic! All the best from Germany, Maximilian.

  2. I’ve been wondering if I could use something from my wooded property for my Traeger pellet grill/smoker as opposed to buying pellets. I do have some eastern black oak on the place, including some dead/dying ones that might have some easily harvestable bark.

    As long as bark is in small enough pieces to feed through the auger….I don’t know why it wouldn’t work. Might be more trouble than it’s worth, but I’ll probably try an experiment anyway. Hickory is the standard wood for smoking in my area and I have tons of those. Might try the same with hickory bark.

    Nice video.

  3. Bark from any species definitely has a much higher mineral content, you can tell by comparing the ash burned from an identical weight of bark and wood from the same species. I've played around with different ashes for nixtamalizing and ceramic/geopolymer experimenting. Its also something they talk about in the biomass fuel industry as they try and minimize the ash produced. Grasses and aquatic species also produce huge quantities of ash relative to quantity of fuel due to being very high in silica. In general bark is much higher in minerals like Ca, Fe, Na, Mg, K, and Si. Sodium and Potassium are volatile at high temperatures though so they often are lost in the fly ash.

  4. Yo Steven..I found one of your Ross sprayers. was gonna buy it but the won't ship to Australia. Thought you might wanna grab it if its the right type(looks like small holes) or anyone else who see's this and is keen..First in best dressed I guess.

  5. A very useful video Steven and I Thank You Kindly! The Chestnut or Rock Oak here in SE Pa. Was used for tanning and is a thick bark as well. Now I know what to do with some of the bark too weathered for tanning. I'll let you know how it goes for BBQing. And I'll be sending you some more sassafras root probably near fall. My friends placed some of the root from here in a blender and it did a great job shredding it into a nice tea size pieces. I love it in the summer cold as well. DaveyJO

  6. Paleo isn't about never eating carbs, seeds and nuts are part of the paleo diet, pretty sure acorns would fall into that category.

  7. Speaking of oak and acorns and whatnot, your video reminded me of neat bit of mountain wisdom. A friend of mine from down in the Carolina Blue Ridge recomended a way to prepare acorn meats without laborious leaching. Put the acorn meats on a mesh rack in a small still or old-style pressure cooker. Put just enough water to almost touch the acorns. The still method will yield acorn oil for salves, and acorn meats that are pretty tasty. All the best.

  8. That was a baby scorpion by Texas standards – we literally keep a long pair of pliers on the counter to catch the ones that come into the house.
    Question on toxicity of some barks when burning: I have heard all my life that some barks yield toxic elements when burning, so not use them for BBQ/smoking, true or false?

  9. I'm studying wood sciences as my major in forestry and what you said about high nutrient content in bark is 100% accurate. The ash produced is all the nonflamable minerals the tree takes up. Bark also has the highest content of lignin, which is the hottest burning compound produced by trees. Extremely interesting stuff. Despite the high BTU output most commercial wood pellet companies don't want it as all the ash tends to slow burn speed and can build up in the systems. For something a bit less low tech, where the ash can be used in a garden it's extremely beneficial.

  10. Great video to watch!
    packed with information as usual, thanks alot!I'll definately smoke with oak bark after watching this!

    Bark of trees is very interesting,made me remember that willow bark is a good painkiller that had its use in Europe, being called somewhat like nature's painkiller. Let it simmer in hot water for some time and then drink it.It's hardly morphine of course but its good to know!it did ease my arthritis for a while aswell.

    Best regards from Sweden,

  11. Awesome! Is that the same tree species you were talking about making a maul from? I really enjoy seeing your native species and their uses, its almost like a foreign country to me.

  12. Beech bark in the Uk can be quite thick and can even be used to tan leather a pink hue. Id guess English Oak (Quercus robur) might also have good calcium content due to its fairly deep roots.

  13. hello this might be a silly question but I've just been bitten by a tick for the first time am I going to get lymes disease 😯

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