1. Welcome Hearth.com Guests and Visitors - Please enjoy our forums!
    Hearth.com GOLD Sponsors who help bring the site content to you:
    Hearthstone Soapstone and Cast-Iron stoves( Wood, Gas or Pellet Stoves and Inserts)

Bradford pear

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by krex1010, Oct 8, 2010.

  1. krex1010

    krex1010 Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2010
    Messages:
    661
    Loc:
    southeast pa
    My tree guy friend just dropped me a load of Bradford pear, maybe half a cord, anyone have an experience with this species? It seems pretty heavy and dense. I know free wood is free wood and I don't turn down anything but I have no experience burning this wood and I know someone here does! Oh and this wood is gong into next years wood pile.

    Helpful Sponsor Ads!





  2. FLINT

    FLINT Feeling the Heat

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2008
    Messages:
    490
    Loc:
    Western VA Mtns.
    Pear is related to apple and I know apple is very good firewood.

    although I know that a living bradford pear tree isn't worth a darn once it gets any snow or ice on it - they will just snap in half all over the place.

    I'd be pleased with that wood.
  3. billb3

    billb3 Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2007
    Messages:
    3,523
    Loc:
    SE Mass
    If it's not pine it's fine.
    :)


    I burned some a very long time ago.
    I had mostly branches and a very short trunk section , so smaller stuff.
    Too long ago but I don't remember anything remarkable / unremarkable about it.
  4. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2008
    Messages:
    15,666
    Loc:
    Unity/Bangor, Maine
    Never burned pear, but the general consensus seems to be that fruit trees usually are excellent for burning . . . and for smelling when splitting . . . i.e. apple, cherry, etc.
  5. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2009
    Messages:
    10,825
    Apple Malus domestica 4,100 26.5 / btu's


    http://www.chimneysweeponline.com/howood.htm


    zap
  6. 3fordasho

    3fordasho Feeling the Heat

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2007
    Messages:
    470
    Loc:
    South Central Minnesota
    Set some aside for smoking. I've never had any pear but when ever I get fruit wood I save a 18 gallon tote full for smoking meats, or if I just want a good smelling outdoor fire. Apple, cherry smell great on the grill too! Even better if you can save pieces without bark. My last score included almost a full cord of black cherry... mmmm.... smells good cutting, splitting, for months around the stacks,, and finally when I burn it!
  7. jghall

    jghall Member

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2008
    Messages:
    66
    Loc:
    Metro Atlanta
    We had a large Bradford in our yard split a few years ago... I dropped it, bucked and split it... Let it dry and used it last year... It was great stuff I'd like to have more, very dense and heavy even when dried... And as someone else mentioned, save some for the smoker ;-)...
  8. krex1010

    krex1010 Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2010
    Messages:
    661
    Loc:
    southeast pa
    Nice! I figured it was good wood and I am glad to hear it works well in a smoker, which makes sense, I love apple and cherry in my smoker, looking forward to some ribs , brisket, and pulled pork!
  9. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2007
    Messages:
    27,815
    Loc:
    Michigan
    Firewood is the absolutely best way to use any pear tree. The fruit is worthless in my book. Nasty stuff. I got some from a neighbor one time and threw it out for the deer. They wouldn't even eat the stuff.
  10. krex1010

    krex1010 Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2010
    Messages:
    661
    Loc:
    southeast pa
    Really? We have some pear and apple trees up at our cabin and the deer will walk right past the apples to get the pears.
  11. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2007
    Messages:
    27,815
    Loc:
    Michigan
    Your deer have weird taste.
  12. heatwise

    heatwise Feeling the Heat

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2009
    Messages:
    414
    Loc:
    ohio
    That wood is fine.had some a couple years ago. It split oddly from what I remember.maybe due to the pieces being mainly branch and not completely straight. If I would come across some again I'd gather it up. Pete
  13. krex1010

    krex1010 Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2010
    Messages:
    661
    Loc:
    southeast pa
    I don't know, they taste fine to me.
  14. Wood Duck

    Wood Duck Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2009
    Messages:
    4,174
    Loc:
    Central PA
    I have a bunch of Bradford Pear in my woodpile - they are common in yards here and took a beating last fall when the snow hit while they still had leaves. it was OK to process, considering all the crotches and knots, and seems fairly dense. i haven't burned any yet.
  15. gpcollen1

    gpcollen1 Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2007
    Messages:
    2,026
    Loc:
    Western CT
    Bradford Callery Pear is not a true fruit tree/Pear. It as a propagated horticultural variety. While being a decent harder wood, it is really not a candidate for your smoker. I believe that this tree was originally from Asia somewhere...
  16. WoodPorn

    WoodPorn Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2009
    Messages:
    1,497
    Loc:
    South of the beloved Patriots
    PINE CAUSES CANCER!
  17. PA. Woodsman

    PA. Woodsman Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2007
    Messages:
    1,177
    Loc:
    Emmaus, Pennsylvania
    I love it as fuelwood and for cooking as was mentioned earlier; it dries rapidly and burns nicely. I have a cemetary not far from me and I have free access to clean up whenever one or more of them cracks and falls. I usually don't get a whole lot of wood from it-it's mostly branches-but it adds up and I don't have to dispose of the branches, so I do it for goodwill; you never know what they might tell you you can have for wood. Enjoy....
  18. rdust

    rdust Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2009
    Messages:
    3,878
    Loc:
    Michigan
    x2, I lost a nice one this year in a wind storm. I burned most of it in the outdoor pit. I can't see it being really hard since it grows at a rapid pace, I'll take a picture of the growth rings when I get a minute.
  19. Captain Hornet

    Captain Hornet Member

    Joined:
    Nov 27, 2008
    Messages:
    163
    Loc:
    Upstate South Carolina
    We have had several Bradford Pears in our yard that were planted by the former owner. They were a messy tree that made a mess in the yard. They finely fell down in a little ice storm we had two years ago. They are not at all weather tolerant and I was glad to just get rid of them. They grow fairly fast so I thought the wood might not be any good. Dried a year it was fine and I'm finishing burning the last of it this year. It burns like ash and I would say there are more BTU's than popular. It's good free heat but worthless in the BBQ. They had a pear every year that was the size of a air rifle BB. Wife was glad to see them go because every spring they had a white flower that smelled like a messy diaper. David
  20. wood-fan-atic

    wood-fan-atic New Member

    Joined:
    Oct 4, 2010
    Messages:
    870
    Loc:
    Long Island, NY
    They are the new curb tree of choice here on L.I. for about 10 years or so. Theyre EVERYWHERE!. Just got a load the other day from neighbor down the block. They took it down live, fresh ,and green. So dense and heavy, I couldnt split it worth a damn unless the rounds were below 14"! Anything longer , the maul BOUNCED! Will be NICE next year. SMELLS like candy.
  21. krex1010

    krex1010 Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2010
    Messages:
    661
    Loc:
    southeast pa
    So it sounds like it burns well and I can't beat the price or the fact that it gets delivered. I just got another load so I will probably end up with about a cord of it going I to next years pile

Share This Page