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How does balsm/fir or douglas fir burn?

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by minesmoria, Mar 14, 2006.

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  1. minesmoria

    minesmoria New Member

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    Is balsm a fir balsm/fir burn like or is it douglas fir which one?

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  2. roac

    roac New Member

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    Balsam? Balsam fir is way way way way way way way way way down on the BTU list (11.3). It is one of the lowest heat producing trees. All of the pine family is better and that's not saying much...
  3. MountainStoveGuy

    MountainStoveGuy New Member

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    Hey take it easy on us pine burners. I smell hardwood elitist in the midst. LMAO :p , but i was going to say the same. Balsam makes good R/C airplanes! not fires!
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    pinetop New Member

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    its great for campfires tho
  5. roac

    roac New Member

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    I wish!! :lol: The closest I get to hardwood is Western Larch or Douglas Fir. Idaho doesn't have anything better than Colorado.
  6. wg_bent

    wg_bent Minister of Fire

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    Hehe... :lol: Mmmmm, Red Oak, Elm, Apple, Cherry, Maple, Ash...Sure is a big pile of all that in my yard right now. Oh and uhhhh, well, some pine.
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    Mike Wilson New Member

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    I have been burning through a 12' by 4' pile of douglas fir dimensional lumber these past few weeks... throw it in with some regular splits and the stuff works wonders! Too bad all my wood isn't kiln dried ;-) (yeah I know, I'm keeping an eye on the temps, and only throw 1 or 2 pieces in with 2 or 3 splits). It is great just to throw a few pieces on the coals when I want to warm the stove up quickly.

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  8. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Douglas fir is an ok firewood. I've gone an entire season on it. But it burns hot and fast mostly due to the trapped oils in it. When a pocket of pitch catches fire, it can really take off. I like to mix doug fir with local maple (soft), alder or cherry.

    Do you perhaps mean Balsa?

    http://www.treehugger.com/files/balsa-trees1.jpg
  9. MountainStoveGuy

    MountainStoveGuy New Member

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    that would be correct, i love to show my ignorance whenever possible.
  10. roac

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    Douglas Fir clocks in at 20.7 on the BTU scale.
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    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Common mistake. Balsam firs do make very nice smelling Christmas trees though.
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