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Alder Wood

Alder Wood Chips

Alder Wood Chips
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Alder is a deciduous tree that grows in the Northern hemisphere. There are 15 species in North America, and 15 in Eurasia.

After being cut into chip, the wood turns light brown with yellow or reddish tinges. Some brands of chips are kiln dried, some are forced-air dried.

Alder Wood Chips for smoking food come in chunk sizes from 5 x 5 cm (2 x 2 inches) to 7.5 x 7.5 cm (3 x 3 inches.)

1 kg (2 lbs) of Alder Wood Chips will do 16 to 20 cooking sessions.

The wood also makes good charcoal.

In the Pacific Northwest, Alder Wood is used for smoking salmon, particularly the wood from the species of Alder tree called "Red alder A. rubra."

Cooking Tips

Soak chips in water for a minimum of 1 hour before use, then toss them on top of your coals.

Or, if using in a propane-type grill, put the soaked chips into a smoker box, and place the smoker box on top of your briquettes or rocks. Light the grill. When smoke begins to appear, start cooking.

Literature & Lore

There's a folk belief that burning Alder Wood attracts the supernatural, which in some places has morphed into a belief that it is hard to burn.


Alden, H. Hardwoods of North America. FPL-GTR-83. Madison, WI : U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory. 1995.


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Also called:

Alnus rubra (Scientific Name)


Oulton, Randal. "Alder Wood." CooksInfo.com. Published 06 December 2009; revised 17 March 2016. Web. Accessed 03/23/2018. <http://www.cooksinfo.com/alder-wood>.

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