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Anyone burn sourwood?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Pagey, Nov 23, 2008.

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  1. Pagey

    Pagey Minister of Fire

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    I was splitting some red oak today, and there were a few pieces that were obviously splitting different than the rest - lighter in the center and very "stringy" when split. Relatively light, too, when compared to the oak. A friend suggested it was some type of gum, but dad informed me that it was sourwood.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sourwood

    Anyone here burn it? If so, what are your impressions? I may chuck a few pieces into the Endeavor tonight.

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  2. CowboyAndy

    CowboyAndy New Member

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    You shouldnt be using it tonight if you just split it!
  3. Pagey

    Pagey Minister of Fire

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    I should clarify: these are small limbs (2" to 4" diameter) which have been cut and in the dry since March. I just split some for giggles yesterday when I was splitting up the massive red oak. I think they're pretty dry.
  4. JeffRey30747

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    I'll burn it if I have to cut the tree down or push it over for some reason anyway. Once it dries, there isn't much left. They usually aren't very big around here, so the pieces make good filler once you already have some larger splits in the stove.
    I prefer good solid hickory or oak but I hate to see anything rot and go to waste so I usually end up burning a mixture that includes hickory, oak, maple, dogwood, poplar, cherry, sweetgum, sourwood, elm and beech (in order of preference).
  5. Tfin

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    If its wood.......I'll burn it.
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    you prefer poplar over cherry? oh, the humanity.
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    Not so much because of the way it burns but more due to the size of the trees that I can harvest. The poplars that came out where my driveway is now were 15-18" diameter. The cherries that I have here do well to make 6-8". Currently, though, my Dad and I are working up a blown down water oak that I would guess is 28-30" in diameter. We have moved about 1.5 cord out so far and have just gotten started on the trunk.
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    The cherrys where we cut average 10-20". We felled one that had a 36" base and split 3 ways, each was an easy 12-14". Got 1 1/2 cords out of it.
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    Lot of different species called "poplar" in different parts of the country.
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