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Anyone Burn Photinia Firewood?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Oregon Bigfoot, Jan 3, 2012.

  1. Oregon Bigfoot

    Oregon Bigfoot Feeling the Heat

    May 21, 2011
    Northwest Oregon
    I have an overgrown photinia tree on my property, and I think I will just cut it down. It's more nuisance than anything. Some of the lower limbs are 4-6" and the trunk is 8" give or take, and the tree is about 30 feet tall, most of which is small branches and massive amounts of evergreen leaves. It has massive amounts of flowers and bees in the growing season, and I'm just tired of it. I'm tired of trimming it every year away from brushing up against the house.

    Has anyone burned this wood? I'm wondering if I should put the firewood "free" on Craigslist for someone to "scrounge", kind of like "good karma", or if I should keep the wood and season for a couple years for the wood stove. There will not be that much wood from it. I'm guessing no more than 1/10 cord of burnable wood.

    Oregon Bigfoot

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  2. Wood Duck

    Wood Duck Minister of Fire

    Feb 26, 2009
    Central PA
    I have never burned photina, but I would keep the wood. All of the shrubs and small trees I have burned are at least mid-range in density and burn just fine.
  3. pdxdave

    pdxdave Member

    Aug 16, 2010
    Kirkland, WA
    I came across a small score of Photinia on CL so I went ahead and picked it up - not much 1/8 cord at most. But as soon as I handled it I was shocked at the weight, even small pieces almost felt like carrying concrete blocks.

    So being experimental in nature, once I got it home I split one of the larger pieces at about 6", it was the 3rd piece I tried the first 2 simply would not split. Came in the 22-26% range MC.

    Still wondering more about it, I weighed this same piece, then measured the volume (it sunk did not float), calculated density with MC corrected to 15% and it came out to a density of 54 lb/ft3 !!! Very high, by comparison White Oak is around 45 lb/ft3. I also erred all my measurements to the 'safe' side so it could easily be higher. By feel it is far and away the heaviest wood I've felt, noticeably more than Madrone.

    I don't have much, maybe enough to pack like 6 or 7 good loads, but I'm looking forward to trying it out. Some of the small pieces I'll try out this winter but really have to wait until next to load up the bigger pieces.

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