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I have some shitake going right now on oak sawdust and hickory chips. I'm not to fruiting yet, but I think it'll work. Hickory is just another hardwood, so I don't see why it wouldn't work. I am told that one can find oak chips at wineries. When a winery is finished with its oak barrels, they often chip them. Just call them and ask if you could buy some from the barrel chipping. Many wineries even sell to major wood mushroom farms.