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Pine Needles

Pine Needles

Every time I light my smoker, I kick myself for not stocking up on smoker fuel. Now I am turning over a new leaf.  I am filling several of the large paper yard waste bags with pine needles. I find the best place to pick them up is the side of the roadway where they collect in piles. Trying to pick them up off the lawn or in the woods to too time consuming. The Staghorn Sumac Blossoms are also widely available.

When I am ready to use the smoker, I start with a sevearl peices of torn up egg cartons. I light this and add some small twigs. Once I have a base burning nicely, I add a layer of mostly pine needles and a few leaves. A Sumac Blossom will burn and smolder for a long time. It has been reported that burning Sumac will help knock down mites. I don’t think the small amount of Sumac smoke reaching the mites is enough to control them.