I have some dry wood from a camphor tree in my garden. Is the wood suitable for open fire barbecue?

  • Do you mean the camphor laurel tree?
    – CMB92
    Mar 10, 2017 at 15:35
  • Yes it is a camphor laurel tree. Mar 11, 2017 at 9:46

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It seems that the wood is fast burning, which may not be ideal for a barbecue. Additionally, the wood will probably burn smelling of camphor, which could (will) give your food some of that taste.

I can't find anything related to the safety aspect, but several sources say not to eat things with camphor in them, and that breathing it in large doses can be toxic.

I probably wouldn't use it for that purpose.

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