Our wood pellets are made of just that—wood. It’s the only ingredient. Today, we’re going to talk about maple, a great wood for BBQ pellets and more….

Autumnal leaves on maple trees, Otsu, Shiga Prefecture, Japan


Sugar maple trees are neighbors to many of us

There are approximately 128 species, with the largest number native to Asia. Their habitat in North America spreads across the eastern part of Canada (starting in Manitoba) and the north-central US (from Minnesota eastward). A sugar maple typically grows to a height of 80 to 115 feet and can reach 148 feet. A healthy example might live to the age of 400 years, too.


Sugar maple wood is often known as “hard maple” and the tree’s timber has many uses.

The fine-grained wood of the maple is appreciated for the soft sheen it brings to flooring, furniture, and cabinetry. It’s the preferred wood for bowling pins, bowling alley lanes, pool cue shafts, and butcher’s blocks for kitchens.


The maple’s bright autumn foliage is so spectacular, it’s fueled tourism traditions in North America and across Asia.

Vermont is the nation’s leading producer of maple syrup. Producing nearly 2 million gallons of syrup in 2016, Vermont generates 47% of the country’s maple syrup.


And It’s not just for syrup!

Baked pork meat wrapped in bacon

Maple is a great wood for food flavor. Maple has long been popular for smoking foods. It adds its mellow sweetness and fine flavor to smoked and grilled foods. We proudly mix maple into two of our unique and delicious 100% wood blends – Competition and Fruitwood.


Get Cooking with Maple!

Try this Smoked Maple Chipotle Chicken Breast recipe from The Black Peppercorn. Have your own recipes? Tell us about them on our Facebook and Twitter!

Continue reading this series: Southern Smoke: Hickory



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