Our Story

Our Story

Carolina Cookwood began with a conversation between two friends over ten years ago when wood-fired cooking was on the rise. Bill Deal owns a sawmill close to Charlotte, NC. He asked his friend, Bud Williford what he thought about supplying cooking wood to local restaurants. Bud has a knack for coming up with innovative ideas. His desire was to create a “naturally cured - never kiln dried” product in a way that would keep the integrity of the wood flavor. They started with just a few customers, never expecting to become the largest supplier of restaurant cooking wood in the area. Since then, wood chunks, mini splits, pizza oven splits and crafted charcoal have been created for backyard cooking. Find these products here or at one of our many retailers.

Our "UNIQUE TECHNIQUE"

When wood is kiln-dried, it is exposed to very high temperatures, virtually cooking the natural flavor out of the wood. This is typically done by mass producers so that the wood dries faster and won’t mold in plastic packaging. All of our wood is naturally cured and our wood chunks are hand-packaged in organic, breathable burlap bags. If you use wood chunks for commercial cooking, we offer very competitive pricing. Please contact us at carolinacookwood@gmail.com.