8-Inch Kiln-Dried Sugar Maple Wood for Smokers, Fire Pits and More
What’s better than perfectly smoked meat? How about perfectly smoked meat with a subtly sweet maple syrup taste added to it? If the thought makes your mouth water, then you need to try our sugar maple cooking splits.
Because sugar maple contains more sugar than regular maple wood, it burns with a sweet aroma that will remind you of a homemade breakfast. This maple-syrupy smoke kisses whatever it’s smoking with a hint of sugary goodness to delight the tastebuds. And because sugar maple has a very low smoke point, the wood is excellent for long, low-temperature smokes.
Our 8-inch sugar maple wood is also the ideal shape and size for vertical, offset or horizontal smokers. We hand-split every piece to a length of 8 inches and a diameter of 1-2 inches for the perfect fit. The 8-inch sugar maple logs are also a great choice for small fire pits, Solo Stove ovens and larger portable pizza ovens, like the Gozney Dome or Ooni Karu 16.
We’ve also enhanced the performance capability of our sugar maple wood by kiln-drying it. Sugar maple is a great wood to burn because of its low sap content. But by placing it in a kiln for 48 hours, we lower that sap content even more and remove most of the moisture from the wood. As a result, the wood is easy to ignite and burns clean with very little creosote or smoke.
This exceptional wood comes conveniently packaged in a resealable box. And it can be yours with free two-day shipping anywhere in the United States. Plus, we plant one sugar maple tree for each box we sell to protect the environment.
Benefits of Our 8-Inch Sugar Maple Wood
- Enjoyably Sweet – Delight your senses by adding the sweet smell and taste of maple syrup to your wood-fired cooking.
- Great for Cooking – Sugar maple is great for cooking pork, beef, poultry, vegetables, cheeses, pizza and more!
- Sized Right – 8 inches is the recommended size for offset smokers, Solo Stove fire pits and larger portable pizza ovens.
- Kiln-Dried to Perfection – The wood has less than 20% moisture, making it easy to ignite and burn for a long time.
- No Impurities – The kiln-drying process removes all insects, mold and fungus from the wood.
- Always Sustainable – We sustainably source our sugar maple wood from FSC-certified forests.
What’s in the Sugar Maple Hot Box?
- Type of Wood – 100% pure sugar maple wood
- 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 carrying case
- 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 Sugar Maple Firewood
Is sugar maple a good smoking wood?
Absolutely! Sugar maple is a great smoking wood with an extremely unique flavor.
What does sugar maple smoke taste like?
Sugar maple smoke tastes sweet with a mild “syrupy” flavor reminiscent of maple syrup. It works well with almost any food but goes especially well with bacon, chicken and vegetables!
Are 8-inch sugar maple logs compatible with Solo Stove fire pits?
Yes. Hot Box’s 8-inch sugar maple logs are perfect for the Solo Stove Ranger fire pit. The 8-inch logs are also compatible with the Solo Stove Bonfire model and the Solo Stove Yukon fire pit.
Does sugar maple burn hot?
Sugar maple burns hot and efficiently, even compared to other hardwoods. The firewood has a heat content of 24 million BTUs (British Thermal Units) per cord. This is less than oak at 30.7 million BTUs per cord, but surprisingly, sugar maple burns for almost as long as oak!
Is sugar maple a hardwood or a softwood?
Sugar maple is a hardwood.
Do 8-inch sugar maple logs work with offset smokers?
Yes, our sugar maple logs are perfect for most offset smokers. 8-inch logs are often called “cooking splits” because they’re the perfect size for smokers and wood-fire cooking on most wood-fire grills.
What does sugar maple firewood smell like?
Sugar maple firewood has a pleasant aroma that some people say smells subtly like maple syrup. Sugar maple specifically gets its name “sugar maple” because it has more sugar in the wood than other maple species (about 2% higher). This 2% makes a significant difference when it comes to smell, which is why we prefer sugar maple over regular maple every time.
Can I use 8-inch logs in my fireplace?
Yes, you can use 8-inch logs in your fireplace. However, we recommend using our 16-inch kiln-dried firewood if you have a full-size fireplace.
Is sugar maple hard to ignite?
Sugar maple is not as hard to ignite as oak firewood, but it is still a very dense wood. Hot Box’s firewood is easier to ignite than other hardwoods because it’s kiln-dried. However, it still requires a fire starter or kindling wood to get started easily.
Can you cook over 8-inch sugar maple logs?
Yes! These sugar maple logs are fantastic as cooking wood. Sugar maple’s sweet, syrup-like flavor pairs well with poultry and vegetables and especially well with anything pork. People describe maple’s smoke as a combination of apple wood and hickory wood.
Why is it called “sugar” maple?
Sugar maple is different than other kinds of maple wood because it has a higher percentage of sugars in it. This sugar is what gives the wood its unique syrupy smell and flavor.
Will 8-inch sugar maple wood work with my wood-burning stove?
Yes, 8-inch logs work well in wood-burning stoves, especially smaller wood-burning stoves. However, depending on the size of your wood-burning stove, you may find that 16-inch full-sized firewood works better.
Where do sugar maple trees grow?
Sugar maple trees grow in the central US, eastern US and southern Canada.