Sumac Berries for Smoker Fuel

Seems like ages ago when last year in August I harvested all those plump sumac berries from our Town’s Dump. I cut them up, then put them on screens in my storage attic, and forgot about them till last week. I went up there and brought the berries down.

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I was worried the berries weren’t dry enough, until I lit them in the smoker. They were easy to light with the help of some paper.

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With only a few puffs and no reloading, they smoldered and smoked for a good 30 minutes. The smoke also smelled great (better than burlap, my usual go-to fuel), and it was thick but cool.

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I’ll be harvesting more berries come Summer!

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