8-Inch Kiln-Dried Hickory Cooking Wood for Fire Pits, Smokers and More!
Are you ready to feel the heat and smoke some mouthwatering barbeque? Our hickory cooking wood splits will make the perfect addition to your next cookout or dinner party.
Known as the universal wood for barbequing and meat smoking, hickory firewood has never met a meat it didn’t pair well with. Its smoke provides a strong, bacon-like flavor that will take your meat of choice to the next level. But it’s especially good with bacon, pork and ribs. Its distinct meaty smoke also makes hickory wood great for pizza ovens.
And burning hickory wood in your fireplace is just as satisfying. The super dense wood produces incredible amounts of heat for longer than any other wood. The wood crackles a lot but doesn’t produce much smoke or sparks for a premium fire experience.
We’ve taken this classic wood and split it down to a compact 8-inch length and 1-2-inch diameter. These are just the right dimensions for popular wood-burning appliances like offset smokers, Solo Stove fire pits and the Ooni Karu 16 pizza oven. Just pop the tiny hickory pieces right in and be amazed at the flaming hot results!
On top of this, our hickory boxes only contain kiln-dried wood. Each 8-inch log spends 48 hours in a super-hot kiln, which dries away most of its moisture and eliminates any impurities, like insects or mold. The resulting splits are in the most pristine state possible for the longest, hottest and cleanest burns imaginable!
Once we’ve produced our hickory logs for smoking, we lovingly package them in one of our signature resealable boxes. You can get one of these boxes delivered to your door with free two-day shipping in the U.S. And we’ll plant one tree for every box you buy to keep the hickory goodness coming.
The Benefits of Our 8-Inch Hickory Cooking Wood
- Texas BBQ Flavor – Smoke your meat with hickory to imbue it with a classic, bacon-like BBQ flavor.
- Ultimate Heat – Settle for nothing less than the hottest burns for your fire pit or fireplace.
- Prolonged Smokes – The extremely dense wood is the best option for multiple hour smokes.
- Sized Right – Our 8-inch splits fit great in small-to-mid-size fire pits, fireplaces, pizza ovens and smokers.
- Dry Start – The wood’s moisture content of below 20% makes it easier to light than regular hickory wood.
- Pristine Burns – The wood contains no mold, insects or fungus and produces minimal smoke and creosote.
- Responsibly Harvested – All wood comes from forests that have the Forest Stewardship Council’s stamp of approval.
What’s in the Hickory Hot Box?
- Type of Wood – 100% pure hickory logs
- Size of Pieces – 8 inches long with a 1-2-inch diameter
- Amount of Wood – 1,300 cubic inches
- Type of Box – 100% reusable and recyclable box
- Shipping Details – Free two-day shipping anywhere in the United States
- Refund and Return Policy – All orders may be returned within 30 days of the date of purchase. For more details, please see our full refund and return policy.
Frequently Asked Questions About Our 8-Inch Hickory Logs
Is hickory a good firewood?
Hickory is a great firewood for a variety of uses. It’s great for home heating because it burns very hot for a long time. For outdoor fires like bonfires and fire pits, hickory burns hot and clean without too much smoke, helping keep you warm and without leaving behind a strong smoky smell.
Do 8-inch hickory logs work with offset smokers?
Yes, 8-inch logs are perfect for most offset smokers. This size wood is often called a “cooking split” because it works great in smokers and for wood-fired cooking on most wood-fired grills.
Can you cook over 8-inch hickory logs?
Hickory firewood is great to cook with and has a distinct southern Texas barbecue flavor. Hickory should be used with strong flavored, fatty meats like bacon, pork shoulder, brisket and ribs. Its flavor is reminiscent of bacon.
Use hickory wood sparingly because too much hickory smoke can give your food an unpleasant, bitter flavor. To avoid this, pair hickory wood with cherry wood, oak or sugar maple to balance it out. Oak is an especially good choice to maintain a nice, subtle smoky flavor with a hint of strong hickory flavor.
Where does hickory firewood grow?
Hickory trees grow in the eastern part of the United States, almost entirely to the eastern side of the Mississippi river.
Is hickory hard to ignite?
Like oak, hickory is very dense and contains a lot of stored energy. This makes it hard to ignite without a proper fire starter or kindling wood. Hot Box firewood is kiln-dried, which helps make it easier to light, but even kiln-dried hickory requires a hot fire to get ignited.
We recommend using a natural fire starter, a gas fire starter or a combination of kindling logs and a smaller fire to get hickory wood properly lit.
Do you recommend hickory wood logs for smoking?
Yes, hickory is great for smoking. The wood has a distinct, strong flavor, which is unique to Texas barbecue.
We recommend using hickory with strong flavored, fatty meats, such as bacon, pork shoulder, brisket and ribs. Hickory BBQ wood’s flavor is reminiscent of bacon.
Use hickory logs for smoking sparingly because it’s easy to overuse. If you use too much hickory, its smoke can impart a bitter, unpleasant flavor to you food. To avoid overpowering your food with hickory smoke, we recommend pairing it with oak, cherry or sugar maple wood.
Are 8-inch logs compatible with Solo Stove fire pits?
Yes. Hot Box’s 8-inch hickory logs are perfect for the Solo Stove Ranger fire pit. The splits also work well with with the Solo Stove Bonfire model and the Solo Stove Yukon fire pit.
Does hickory wood burn hot?
Yes! Hickory wood burns even hotter than oak firewood! Hickory has a heat content of 27.7 million BTUs (British Thermal Units) per cord but goes through that heat in a very hot fashion! Oak will burn longer and has a bit more heat to give (30.7 million BTUs per cord). But overall, when it comes to heat, hickory is king.
What does hickory smoke taste like?
Hickory smoke tastes kind of like bacon and is a flavor distinct to Texas-style barbecue.
Can I use 8-inch hickory wood for my fireplace?
Yes, the 8-inch size works in a fireplace. However, we recommend using our 16-inch kiln-dried firewood if you have a full-size fireplace.
Will 8-inch logs work with my wood-burning stove?
Yes, 8-inch hickory cooking wood works well in wood-burning stoves, especially smaller wood-burning stoves. However, larger wood-burning stoves tend to operate better with our full-size 16-inch hickory firewood.
Is hickory a softwood or a hardwood?
Hickory is a hardwood.