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Burning Basswood???

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by lab17, Jan 26, 2013.

  1. lab17

    lab17 New Member

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    Anyone have experience burning basswood? I know its a soft hardwood species but one came down across the access where I cut some of my wood.

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  2. chazcarr

    chazcarr Feeling the Heat

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    If it is easy to get, I go for it. It is easy to process and season, and makes good shoulder wood. I have heard it is better for carving though. I burned some last year and it did fine considering I didn't pay for it.
  3. JP11

    JP11 Minister of Fire

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    Cut it, split it, let it dry.. and burn it!

    Not great, but not bad. I wouldn't go after it on purpose.. but it's taking up nutrients from your soil. Cut it and hope something better moves in.

    JP
  4. ScotO

    ScotO Guest

    Good for the shoulder season, but it stinks when burning, makes a lot of ash, and doesn't last very long in the stove.
    If it's free and you have the space to store it, go for it.....
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  5. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    Shoulder season and kindling . . . mostly kindling for me.

    One good thing . . . you can really feel like a he-man when you start lifting huge rounds as it looks impressive as they are rather light compared to other wood species of the same size.
  6. lab17

    lab17 New Member

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    Thanks guys, good call on the kindling, I need some more anyway probably will take a few rounds and convert to kindling. I cut some of it today, but my real goal was to get the 20" burr Oak that has been standing dead for 10 years and finally came down this winter so I got that out of the woods today. Was not sure it would be solid still but hard as a rock in the center, made me happy.
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  7. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    We got some 10 year old white oak this year and it is fine. This oak was all on the ground too.

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