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anyone burning sasafras?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by BucksCoBernie, Oct 13, 2008.

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  1. BucksCoBernie

    BucksCoBernie New Member

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    I thought I had White Ash in my yard but it turns out to be Sasafras. It smells like root beer when I run a chain saw thru it.

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  2. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    I have burnt it before it glows when buring and will bust like glass when you poke it!
  3. mbcijim

    mbcijim Member

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    If you have any friends who have a smokehouse, that is the number #1 smoking wood, around here anyway. They'll probably trade you some meat for your wood.

    The smokers only burn it green though. It has no smoking value dry.
  4. stejus

    stejus Minister of Fire

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    I just cut a few down on my property this past weekend. I noticed the scent right away and googled it to discover it is sasafras. It is really soft wood so I don't expect much burn time from these logs. It might have a plesent smell though!
  5. JustWood

    JustWood Minister of Fire

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    I break out in one hell of a rash if I handle it too much. People with sensitive skin should be ware!
  6. derecskey

    derecskey New Member

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    Rash? eesh. not me. I have several cords of it. It smells like rootbeer when cut, whether green or standing dead. But when burnt, I don't know, to me it almost smells rubbery? Just kind of a strange chemical-ish smell.

    Cracks and pops like crazy. Puts on a good show in the insert.
  7. Gark

    Gark Minister of Fire

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    Got some sassafras the first time last spring. Though the rings are close together,
    it was light as balsa-wood after drying. Didn't burn very long in the stove like more
    dense oak would have. Strange medicine smell to it.
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