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40 pounds of Cottonwood next to 40 pounds of Beech!

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by fire_man, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. fire_man

    fire_man Minister of Fire

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    I’ve been hauling in Cottonwood this shoulder season and didn’t realize how light that stuff was until it got cold and I needed some “real” wood. The Pictures show My son TJ standing on a scale holding 40 lbs of Beech and then 40 lbs of Cottonwood. The poor kid has to put up with a lot from me.

    They were all 16” splits and everything was seasoned 3 full years.

    It’s amazing how well that Cottonwood has heated my house with the Progress. One load per day is all I have needed so far, temps averaging mid 30’s. Now get those splits in the house TJ!

    TJ_Beach.jpeg TJ_CW.jpeg

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  2. TimJ

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    fire_main, that cottonwood has done the job for you so far. Please put it in the real wood category.
  3. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

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    Glad it's working out fire_man. This was our first year burning White Pine with some Hemlock, by the middle of this week we'll have burned 1.22 cord, next up is Cherry.

    zap
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  4. Machria

    Machria Minister of Fire

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    Fire man,
    How big is the room you have the PH installed in?
  5. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

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    That poor kid!
  6. fire_man

    fire_man Minister of Fire

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    The room with the Progress is 22' X 22' w/ a Cathedral ceiling and that room is completely open with the kitchen and flows well with the rest of the house. We got lucky with the floor plan of this house for burning wood.
  7. fire_man

    fire_man Minister of Fire

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    Steve, I have to agree, but he is a good sport!
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  8. Machria

    Machria Minister of Fire

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    Thanks... I'm just trying to ensure I'm not going to roast myself out of my room with a PH! My room is 25 x 40, with cathedral ceilings, a small loft on either side of the cathedral ceiling, and alot of windows.
  9. weatherguy

    weatherguy Minister of Fire

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    So whats heavier, the 40 lbs of cottonwood or the 40 lbs of beech?
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  10. cptoneleg

    cptoneleg Minister of Fire

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    Whats heavier 40 lbs of cottonwood or 40 lbs of feathers??
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  11. Lumber-Jack

    Lumber-Jack Minister of Fire

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    I'm glad he's a good sport, now tell him we want to see what 80 lbs of cottonwood looks like. ::-)
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  12. fire_man

    fire_man Minister of Fire

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    You should be fine with that room unless it's in Florida!
  13. WhitePine

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    Depends. Are they bullfeathers? If so, they are definitely heavier. !!!
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  14. Backwoods Savage

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    TJ is a fine young man even though he forgets to tie his shoes sometimes. Tony, that is a great pair of pictures and they do tell a good story.
  15. fire_man

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    Dennis: I'm happy when he even bothers to wear shoes, tied shoes are a bonus on that kid! But I think we will keep him anyway.

    I found this on Sweep's Library- Firewood BTU. Seems Cottonwood has about 1/2 the BTU's as Beech. Judging from TJ's load, looks like about twice the Cottonwood for the same weight.


    Cottonwood.jpg Beech.jpg


    Cottonwood (Balsam Poplar) Populus trichocarpa 2,040
  16. Backwoods Savage

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    Tony, if you need to get rid of him, he has a home here! He is one fine lad and both the wife and I wish we had one just like him.
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    Great job on helping out TJ making your dad proud!!! Just remember we have oh about 1 to 2 million people here a year come through
    next thing you know there going to want your autograph lol....
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  18. JOHN BOY

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    Thats good your son is helping you .. Its good for his developement and character. Almost looks like twice as much cottonwood in comparison.
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    Your son is learning the right things;)
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  20. fire_man

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    Yup, He's a great kid and likes the whole wood burning thing, too.

    I'm sadly down to my last 1/2 face cord of Cottonwood, but I'm not sure I'd want to pay for it again in a Grapple load. They delivered a 4' diameter monster that yielded 2+ cord. It strained the splitter more than any other wood and boy was it stringy.

    It makes a ton of fluffy ash, and leaves very few coals to start another fire.
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  21. BoilerMan

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    I'm just wondering if "TJ" is Tony Jr. We called our son "TJ" while still in womb rather than "kid".

    TS
  22. fire_man

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    One thing that amazes me about Cottonwood, it's got to be the heaviest wood when wet, (you can squeeze the water out). But dry it's almost as light as balsa wood.

    Tony Jr. is a good guess. Anything to tell us apart!
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  23. Backwoods Savage

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    You have perfectly described cottonwood.

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