Uses for Apple Wood

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Apple wood has many uses for the modern American builder and food critic. It is widely used for its fragrant timbers in wood-smoking grills tinging pork, beef, and another meats with its sweet aroma. Apple wood is also found as an accent timber used in creating doors, ornate handles, and small artisan projects such as dishware and jewelry.


Apple wood has long been used for its fragrant qualities in smoking meats. The wood is used as fuel for the smoking pit; it's believed the meat being cooked takes on the flavors from the wood's smoke. Apple wood-smoked bacon is a popular product and is often marketed as a higher end meat product in restaurant/fast-food commercials.


Apple wood is viewed as an accessory wood in the United States because the tree grows in a twisted fashion, which makes its grains uneven and therefore unsuitable in American eyes for structural building. It is most often found as ornate handles, cabinet doors, and dishware as it is a dense wood that resists wear. The price of apple wood is also more expensive than other domestic wood varietals, making it a less popular choice for full-on construction jobs.


Trees that grown old (more than 40 years) may not produce adequate fruit and are often turned into compost material. This is no less true of apple wood as it is often broken down into chips for either wood smoking as explained above or to act as compost for gardening. Apple wood chips are combined with soil to produce a nutrient rich feeder for existing plants. It also serves to protect plants, forming a small barrier around the base of the stem which prevents some garden predators from biting at them.


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