Can I Turn a Cedar Tree Log Into Cedar Planks for Cooking?

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Q: I had a Cedrus deodara (Himalayan cedar) tree in my backyard which I had to cut down. I was looking at your post about buying cedar planks at the hardware store and I'm wondering, since I have the wood from my cedar tree available, can you tell me if Himalayan cedar is safe to make cedar planks for cooking?

Can you give me suggestions on how to prepare the planks after I cut the planks to size?

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Editor: Readers, do you have any advice for making your own cedar planks for cooking?

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