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Beech tree wood How does it do?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by CHeath, Feb 25, 2013.

  1. CHeath

    CHeath Member

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    I have 6 huge beech trees in the yard. 40 feet tall. I'm going to have all 6 thinned out and topped but I may cut one down. How do these babies do seasoned?

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  2. BobUrban

    BobUrban Minister of Fire

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    Very good firewood - in the class of oak and takes less time to season. Not much around my place but plenty here in Michigan. I would like to have some in my stacks!!
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  3. Jon1270

    Jon1270 Minister of Fire

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    I've seen comments that it rots easily if allowed to stay wet, so proper shelter is important if you'll keep it for a number of years. Otherwise excellent.
  4. Thistle

    Thistle Minister of Fire

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    Wish I had some around here.Would be nice to have alongside the various Oaks,Hickories & scattered other species.
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  5. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

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    In the proper spot it takes one year for seasoning, the chit will rock in the coldest temps, we burned it when we had all the cold weather, -35 (that's with the windchill) was our coldest temp.

    I would take it over Oak, only because it seasons quicker.
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  6. peakbagger

    peakbagger Minister of Fire

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    Takes 2 full years to dry and is not very good to hand split
  7. ScotO

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    Beech is one of those woods that impresses me. When you cut it green, it literally OOZES water....unreal how wet it looks. But get it split and stacked, and like Zap said it's usually ready in a year or so. Great BTU's, lasts quite a while in the stove too! The only downside to beech, IMO, is if left to the weather the bark will get funky, leaving a rotten layer just under the bark (slip). If you keep it top-covered, you will not have that issue.....

    So get all of it you can, you'll be wanting more of it, I will tell you that!
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  8. ohlongarm

    ohlongarm Minister of Fire

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    I have some that was cut 2 years ago,facing north gets little direct sunlight top covered it's now at 18% but burns great when it fires up it will light your house up with how bright it burns great firewood lots of heat,needs to be off the ground and covered after split. When the bark peels off in big pieces it's primo.
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  9. MarylandGuy

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    You might consider doing a little research before topping those trees. From what I have read on the arborist site, the tree experts say it's not a good idea to top a tree. If I remember correctly, it weakens the tree and makes is susceptible to disease. I realize it's done all the time, but I figured I would let you know.
  10. Paulywalnut

    Paulywalnut Minister of Fire

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    What I like is the 4 and 5 inch rounds. They dry in a year or so and burn hot.
    Throw a bunch in and they burn for a good afternoon. Like Scotty said
    keep them covered.

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