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Burning Spruce

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by jj54, Dec 2, 2008.

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  1. jj54

    jj54 New Member

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    Hey guys, I have a large Spruce tree in my yard that's too close to the house, and am probably going to have it taken down. I know it's near the bottom in heat output, (I Think)....but I hate to waste it....anybody here have any experience burning spruce...

    Using an older Dutchwest 2183 from around 1991.

    Thanks for the info.

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  2. CowboyAndy

    CowboyAndy New Member

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    if its wood, burn it. Make sure its seasoned. It will burn hot and fast, so dont use it for an overnight burn. I use alot of pine and other soft woods for getting it going in the morning. Its good for getting it up to temp fast.
  3. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    I've been burning some standing dead spruce and fir this year . . . like most other softwoods, it will burn fast and hot providing it has been seasoned. Good for early season burning or to get the woodstove up and running in short order. The one thing I've learned in the short time I've been a member here is that wood is wood and all wood burns if seasoned.
  4. CowboyAndy

    CowboyAndy New Member

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    ha, beat you to it! :p
  5. jj54

    jj54 New Member

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    Ok guys.. Thanks for the info.
  6. fugazi42

    fugazi42 New Member

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    I burn a LOT of spruce and I love it. I have an uncle who builds guitars and sells tone wood for a living- he cuts dozens of spruce logs every year and I get all of the scraps and offcuts, which there is a lot of. I burn primarily spruce in the late fall and early spring for quick, hot fires. In the winter I use spruce as kindling and to get the fire going again in the morning. It splits beautifully so you can get really small pieces for kinding. I don't know what I'd do without my supply of spruce! It also dries pretty quick, BTW.

    Josh
  7. CowboyAndy

    CowboyAndy New Member

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    right now my morning ritual is laying down 2 thin spruce N-S, then 3-4 small pine kindlind pieces E-W across them. Gets me a nice hot fire to help warm up the house. After 20 min or so, I throw some hard wood on to last till my wife can get down there.
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