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bark what to do

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by loneeagle15, Aug 12, 2008.

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  1. loneeagle15

    loneeagle15 New Member

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    Ok I am in the process of splitting elm and I have chunks of bark coming off of the wood 1" thick 4-8" wide and 16" lpus in length what does everyone do with it?

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  2. PitPat

    PitPat New Member

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    I've just been using it to mulch a path to my wood pile
    There is probably something more useful that can be done with it
  3. savageactor7

    savageactor7 Minister of Fire

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    That's just good for nothing trash jd...use it in your camp fire.
  4. woodconvert

    woodconvert Minister of Fire

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    I debark all my firewood...I just throw it between all my wood rows to keep the weeds down and it also doesn't get muddy/snotty in wet weather.

    OR, you could do what my son does...he takes it to build bark bridges through mud puddles....so there's that.
  5. Tfin

    Tfin New Member

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    It gets burnt in my firepit.
  6. billb3

    billb3 Minister of Fire

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    Mulch.
    I don't like the smoke and ash for very little heat so I don't throw it in the stove.
    I don't strip splits and rounds. But what falls off stays outside.
    It actually does make pretty good mulch especially if you keep walking on it to break the size down.
  7. ScottF

    ScottF New Member

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    I throw it around my wood stacking area. It makes a nice mulchbed after it all gets broken up and keeps the weeds and mud out. It also stops all the mud from splashing on my wood piles.
  8. RedRanger

    RedRanger New Member

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    Bark,specially with a bit of pitch in it makes an excellent fire-starter.
  9. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    If they're big slabs I use them as roof tiles on top of the wood stack. But generally, if it burns, I use it in the stove. Once the coal bed is established, I toss in some bark with the wood, especially during the fall when I don't need a boatload of heat.
  10. Henz

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    sounds like great kindling
  11. Byron

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    I thought I read on this site somewhere that locust bark is high in BTUs. Is this true? I generally use non-locust bark for mulch, but only if it falls off.
  12. SlyFerret

    SlyFerret Minister of Fire

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    I shovel mine into the back of my truck and take it to the local organics place. They grind it up and turn it into mulch and resell it.

    -SF
  13. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Like others, we use it for mulch and also have used quite a bit along our paths that go through the woods. Makes it better than walking in mud. But a lot just stays by the wood pile. It does work good to keep weeds down and we even use some around fruit trees.
  14. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    I beat it down to the base fiber and knit clothes for the poor naked squirrels. They're too proud to accept a handout, however, and I am bit several times a year trying to put the little sweaters on these critters before they freeze to death.
  15. woodconvert

    woodconvert Minister of Fire

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    :lol: Gives me an idear for some shag carpeting between my stacks!
  16. Highbeam

    Highbeam Minister of Fire

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    I just had a bark fire last night, and the night before. The stuff on really old doug fir is inches thick and pops off when dry. It ignites well and smokes only a little. Seems to turn into a huge mass of red hot ash like a cigarrete burning. It puts out quite a bit of heat but I am not holding back with the fuel load either. I think it would burn too fast for the stove and be messy to handle in the house.
  17. Wet1

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    I throw it in the chipper/shredder and use it for mulch.
  18. fossil

    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    Oh, I think you're just spinnin' a yarn here. %-P Rick
  19. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    hey- stop needling me
  20. Vic99

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    Dry bark is a good firestarter. Put in cardboard boxes for easy use.

    Maybe giving the squirrels bark clothes would lower the population by reducing all the hot treetop action. Or maybe it would be worse because they'd just be more intrigued by what's covered.
  21. Beanscoot

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    I burn bark in the stove in the daytime when I can add it frequently. It does seem to make more ash than wood but there is pretty well the same amount of heat per pound in bark as in wood. Also I live in the city with limited space so can't just dump all the wood debris in the back forty. I cut and split all my wood in the driveway so as to not chew up the lawn, then sweep up all the little stuff and burn it more or less immediately in the stove, since our rulers outlawed all outdoor burning a couple years ago.

    I actually like ash, I mix it with the compost and consider it a desireable resource.
  22. SlyFerret

    SlyFerret Minister of Fire

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    Did anyone else make the connection that the guy with Bob Ross as his avatar is going out of his way to take care of squirrels?

    -SF
  23. bcnu

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    Let see, bark is wood and I burn wood so a lot of it ends up in the stove - especially the thick fir bark. The thin stuff, ok I admit, some of it goes in too. I will be seeking counseling soon.
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    myzamboni Minister of Fire

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    I have a bunch of fir/pine bark that is 1-2 inches thick. Like BG, I burn it just to help keep the coal bed going , but only when I burn on weekends.
  25. stanleyjohn

    stanleyjohn Feeling the Heat

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    I throw my bark into the mulch pile.I use a small piece of a fire starter brick to start my fires!dad gave me a few boxes of it.Anyone think using that stuff is a bad idea??
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