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Ash ?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by learnin to burn, Jul 9, 2009.

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  1. learnin to burn

    learnin to burn Feeling the Heat

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    Had some one tell me the other day they were told to stay away from Ash wood because it produces a lot of ash. I thought I read on here somewhere that it was the bark that produced a lot of ash not the wood. I would like to know which is true or if both are true or not true so I can have informed conversations.

    No matter what the answer's are I'm still going to burn 3-4 cord of it this season.

    Thanks
    Still learnin

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  2. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa Minister of Fire

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    Never heard that one before. I burn Ash almost exclusively. It takes me about 4 days of 24/7 burning in the coldest weather to fill a coal hod with ashes.

    Aspen on the other hand produces terrible ash that is so light and fine that flies everywhere.
  3. SolarAndWood

    SolarAndWood Minister of Fire

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    With good reason, it splits easy and seasons nicely.
  4. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    All wood produces ash . . . I can't see any real change in the amount of ash produced when I use ash firewood vs. using other firewood. In truth, I love ash . . . seasons pretty quickly, gives good heat, splits like a dream (at least that is the case with white ash.) Honestly, if I had to limit myself to only one wood species it would probably be ash since it seems to be a good, all-around wood -- doesn't burn as hot or as long as some wood species, but it's other attributes are highly desirable to me.
  5. CowboyAndy

    CowboyAndy New Member

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    I have found that boxelder produces more ash than other types of wood... and i agree that aspen does too... but havent noticed any excess when burning ash...
  6. burntime

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    Ash is great hardwood and FAST seasoning! Take all you can get! I have 2 ash trees coming down in my yard and they will be split for next year!
  7. gzecc

    gzecc Minister of Fire

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    Tell him ash does suck. But you like it. Tell him to call you, when he sees some ash for free.
  8. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Try some black walnut some time. Armload in, bucket out.
  9. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    Ah, I could be wrong then . . . never burned black walnut . . . in fact I'm not really sure if we even have any black walnut around here.
  10. mayhem

    mayhem Minister of Fire

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    I burned a couple cords of hard maple last year...fantastic wood, lots of btu's...but it produced unbeleivable amounts of ash. Ash wood is fantastic...easy to work with, good heat, low residue. Take every scrap you can get your hands on.
  11. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    It makes better furniture than firewood. Its not bad, mind you. It will burn, but its in the middle of the pack for heat.
  12. kingfisher

    kingfisher New Member

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    I have 5 cords of ash and maple on the way Friday
  13. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Behold! 9 wonderful cords of white ash.

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  14. burntime

    burntime New Member

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    Dennis, that is truly a sickness that your piles can look that damn good! I am 39 and have been burning wood since I was about 14. I still can not get piles like that! I do split smaller though cause I only season 6-16 months. Nice!
  15. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Thanks burntime. Believe it or not, I had hesitated on posting those pictures a long time ago....because they weren't the best stacking job in the world for sure. But most seem to like them and they aren't falling over so I guess they aren't bad.
  16. chad3

    chad3 Feeling the Heat

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    Last ash I got I got wood!!! No really, went to take a downed limb and got to take a 24" tree. I was very happy.
    Take as much as you can.
    Chad
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