Salmon has to be one of the most flavorful fish in the world. It is hardy and robust and will easily stand up to stronger seasonings and wood flavor. This offers the opportunity to have some real fun around your favorite pastime of outdoor cooking. The recommended wood to be used for salmon is alder which comes from the Pacific Northwest part of United States. You can obtain it in chips, chunks or logs with chips being the most popular and plentiful.
If you are unable to find alder you might also try the fruit wood such as cherry, peach, apple, etc. Another popular method for cooking salmon is the use of the cedar planks. The cedar plank is soaked in water for about an hour and then towel dried. The salmon is placed skin down on the cedar plank and then seasoned. The plank is then placed directly over the fire so as to be charred on the bottom during the cooking process. This charring produces wonderful flavor to add to the salmon.