Red Oak wood is all over in the hills. Check this picture out:
I took this picture over in the Santa Maria area off of Hwy 135. Those are oaks in them there hills!!!
And those little dots are cattle.
That green patch in the middle is a vineyard. Santa Maria is located in what is call the Central Coast of California. This area is also known for their grape vineyards that produce award-winning quality wines.
Here is another view of the countryside showing the "scrub" red oaks and more vineyards.
Oakwood is a dense wood, burns hot and long and makes for some good coals that hold their shape.
Here are a few photos of the last time I was in Santa Maria, cutting oak wood for BBQ and firewood. I just want you all to know that my two uncles here are in their 70s. I had a hard time keeping up with these two.
We are pulling in to the site where we are going to cut some trees!!
My Uncle Johnny, who is closing in on 80 when this picture was taken, getting the gear ready.
He's got his working clothes on and he is gung-ho to go.
That pile of brush in the middle is all the small branches that we cut from the larger limbs. We pile it all to keep the debris in one place. Helps with fire control.
This shows the scale of the size of the oak trees in the area.
My Uncle Johnny has his system down pat. He is the "equipment man".
Once everything is ready, then my uncles start cutting.
Gentlemen, start your engines!!!
Just a couple of cranks should do it.
First the lower limbs are cut.
Thar' she goes!!!
Here's another angle on that same cut.
She's going down....Timberrrrr.....
Servicing the splitter before we take off.
And of course, after a full day of cutting red oak, it is time for a little vino.
Hope you enjoyed this little post about cutting the red oak that powers our traditional Santa Maria BBQs. Without the oakwood, it would be just another regular "run of the mill" que.
That's just how it is.
Here are a few web sites about the history of Santa Maria BBQ:
Until next time....