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Fresh Birch

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by pistonslap, Mar 19, 2009.

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  1. pistonslap

    pistonslap Burning Hunk

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    I got a few freshly cut white birch trees from craiglist. Is birch harder to split when it's just cut ? I was just wondering because my electric splitter has gone through seasoned birch easily but won't hardly make a dent in the new stuff.

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  2. savageactor7

    savageactor7 Minister of Fire

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    Wait a few days...Pistol if I were you I wouldn't split it until the week before I burned it. ps I wouldn't advise putting too much time in scoring white birch...there's many better varieties of wood out there.
  3. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    I usually split the stuff green and have no problem. Some folks live birch and it is great in a fireplace; pretty flame and low in ashes. Not all that bad for heat but burns rather fast. I haven't burned any in our new stove. Heck, I gave away a whole cord of it.
  4. daveswoodhauler

    daveswoodhauler Minister of Fire

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    Just split a ton of birch today by handand it was real easy....kinda like maple.
    You shouldn't have any problems,
  5. peakbagger

    peakbagger Minister of Fire

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    A hint with white birch is before you buck it into lengths, run a saw down the length of the tree cutting through the inner and outer bark. The bark is quite strong and acts like a hoop around the wood which makes it harder to split. Once the "hoop" is cut, its a lot easier. I hand split with a maul and it makes all the difference. If I forgot to do it, then I split a small slab off of one side of the round initially rather than trying to split it down the middle. Once the slab is off, that breaks the bark and the rest of round splits real easy.
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