Burning pine

Ashful Posted By Ashful, Apr 22, 2012 at 9:35 AM

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  1. Puffins

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    I have a few dead pitch pines I took down this year. They are already hardened, hollow sounding and dry. I have every intention to burn them up in the shoulder seasons. No problem with pine, especially in today's EPA stoves and inserts.
     
  2. Seasoned Oak

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    I burn about 70% pine, year in and year out. I do have seasoned oak, but so much pine i dont know what to do with it, so i turn it into BTUs. Great for shoulder season
     
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  3. clemsonfor

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    dont they use pine in the EPA tests?
     
  4. onetracker

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    been burning mostly pine this fall, about 1 cord, dropped 2 years ago, bucked, split and piled (not stacked) on pallets in june. covered it in the occasional rains we had this summer. i don't know the moisture content, but its mighty low. the splits are feather-light.

    burns plenty hot. zero tar on the glass. meanwhile, it feels real good to not be burning ANY primo 2 year seasoned hardwood. it does pop alot so it's important to not leave the door open. i can live with that.

    so i guess it's official. i'm a convert
     
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  5. Jack Straw

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    I've been a wood snob for years now. I am gonna start processing Hemlock and who knows maybe some popple.
     
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  6. TimJ

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    Jack, I wouldn't waste the space for any of the chit :)
     
  7. Monosperma

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    If anyone out there has a few truck loads of clean pine they don't want to burn, whether logs or cut to length, you can always bring it to me and I'll take it off your hands.
     
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  8. Ashful

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    I'd never cut a pine for the purpose of burning, as we have ample hardwoods from which to choose. But it has shown up on my doorstep for free, delivered! After starting and reading this thread last summer, I have no problem taking it, if I don't have to move it.
     
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  9. TimJ

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    Sounds like something a pine snob would say :)
     
  10. fossil

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  11. bryan

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    The person who wrote that article works at Argonne National labs. While I've been there and run experiments there I doubt they know much about about burning wood. I must have missed the part where they power their particle accelerators using hardwood.

    http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/scicorps/suermann_j.htm
     
  12. James02

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    I burned some pine last week...Got it in March maybe, split it about the same time....19% on a freshly split split for the mm to read....i still had some oozing on the ends....I'm not real worried, as I'm diligent about sweeping....Is this normal?
     
  13. onetracker

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    no oozing here. no smoked glass. just clean heat.
     
  14. Bacffin

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    I have been burning it all month. Seasoned 1 year, but it was standing dead when I cut it down.
     
  15. Backwoods Savage

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    You should have been here last year when we cut many thousands:

    Chipper-1.JPG Dave's saw.JPG Day 2.JPG
     
  16. JOHN BOY

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    Burning pine, you'll do fine.
    If you dry it in due time !;)

    Burning wet. You'll regret
    Cause it'll clog your Duravent.:(

    Pine burns hot and really fast.
    We all know it just dont last.:(

    Pine gives heat.
    Thats for sure !
    So get out there and get a Score ;)
     
  17. Realstone

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    Did you just come up with that?
     
  18. eclecticcottage

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    If you were anywhere near us, I'd have been all over that. As it is, we've been scrounging it from a local source, standing dead beetle kill. Probably over 100 trees so far-glad for the wood, sucks that it's beetle kill.
     
  19. Agent

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    Back in my day* we had to drive an hour uphill both ways just to cut our own pine, and we were dern glad for it!


    *Last year, this year, more years to come.
     
  20. Realstone

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    Luxury!
     
  21. Seanm

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    Lots of people here seem to like pine, im one of them. My wood pile is 80% Lodgepole pine and 20% Larch (Tamarack) I picked up a 1/2 cord of larch within a 5 minute drive from my house today after work (next year or late winters wood). The pine was taken from the park land behind my house. Birch is the only good hard wood around here that I know about but I would burn up lots of gas in my truck just to find a bit. Larch has about the same BTUs as my larch according to the wood btu charts. Funny though.... if you look at 5 different charts you get different results, I dont know why this is. I would think there would be a national standard of wood btu. Ive split a bit of Birch in the past and it seems a lot harder to split compared to my lodgepole.
     
  22. Seanm

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    Jeesh! I meant birch has about the same BTUs as my Larch:rolleyes:
     
  23. Lumber-Jack

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    I'm a lodgepole pine fan too. It has lot of good qualities for me, it's abundant around here, it sits high on the BTU chart, it splits easy, and because of the pine beetle and the way the trees die they dry very well standing up and seasoning time is rarely necessary.
     
  24. onetracker

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    good point tim. it wouldn't make sense to go out of your way to scrounge pine, or to store it in lieu of hardwood if you have limited space. unless of course you live in some parts of the west where that's all they burn.

    for me its just that there is tons of it fallen in the forest, or dropped widowmakers near the house. i'd have to cut it and haul it off anyway. so, as has been already said here....

    'why not turn it into BTU's' !
     
  25. Ashful

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    It does seem to burn, and if it's all you got, then I guess that's what you use. Around here, I'm surrounded by walnuts, ash, and oak, so there's no way I'm wasting any time on felling or scrounging pine.

    The pine I have been given (two occasions this summer) is so sappy it sometimes has baseball size globs of sap hanging from the rounds. It's also not particularly easy to split, being so soft the maul almost bounces off the end. Splitting and handling pine is drudgery compared to ash or walnut, the latter two being a pleasure to split, and putting off many more BTU's!
     
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