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if u had only 2 woods to burn the rest of ur life?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by steeltowninwv, May 15, 2013.

  1. MrWhoopee

    MrWhoopee Minister of Fire

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    +1 on the Doug Fir, just finished putting in about 3 cords, looking for more

    Black Oak or Almond

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  2. Joful

    Joful Minister of Fire

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    Yeah... 9:30am I posted that... so I can't even blame it on drinking. That wasn't oak, but now I can't remember what it was! There was a bunch of ash in that pile, so perhaps it was ash?
  3. Woody Stover

    Woody Stover Minister of Fire

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    Mountains of it... :)

    What, no Bodark? ==c

    That's three... ==c

    Ignorance is bliss. ;lol
    Got a point, though; You about gotta burn one of your choices on a little bit of killer starter wood...Cedar, Pine etc. Poll should really be "what starter wood, and two other types?"


    Me? I haven't decided yet...tough choices. >>

    I'm thinking:
    -little bit of starter
    -mid-output
    -high-output
    ....like lots of others picked.
  4. StihlHead

    StihlHead Guest

    As my dear grandmother used to say, "If wishes were horses, beggars would ride."
  5. loadstarken

    loadstarken Member

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    Madrone and Dogwood please!
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  6. StihlHead

    StihlHead Guest

    Now you are talking! I mean, Doug fir and cedar are OK, but... there are better choices in the PNW.
  7. Bigg_Redd

    Bigg_Redd Minister of Fire

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    Not really


    I know we have higher BTU species, but when I add it up - heat, burn time, ash, ease of processing, quick drying - I'll take Doug Fir every day.
  8. gmule

    gmule Feeling the Heat

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    I'm no wood snob
    Dry and free
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  9. lowroadacres

    lowroadacres Minister of Fire

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    I might be swimming upstream here but poplar because it dries quickly and is great shoulder season wood and then as my main firewood Ash as it has what I consider the best labor/drying time to btu ratio.
  10. Hickorynut

    Hickorynut Burning Hunk

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    Of the wood that is conveniently obtainable in this area I will go with 30% black cherry and 70% locust.
  11. Seasoned Oak

    Seasoned Oak Minister of Fire

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    I could be happy with just one"seasoned oak"
  12. loadstarken

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    This was a "dream wood thread" so I had to go big but I totally agree that Doug Fir is one of my favorites.
    When I get Madrone or Dogwood I tend to stack them to the side for the special times or one of the rare day/nights that it is super cold here in the PNW.

    My tree service buddy called last week and said he had 15+ Doug Fir for me but I had to turn it away because both of my trucks are crapped out.
    I have parts on the way so I can get them back in working order and when I was out in the driveway working on one he pulled up and dropped off a load of rounds!
    He's an awesome guy!

    The only wood i'll turn away is Cottonwood.
  13. StihlHead

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    Well, I have burned a lot of Doug in my lifetime... over 50 cords? Including burning slash, it would be several hundred cords. I do not rate it at the top of my list as firewood for several reasons. It can be sappy, and resin up the saws and maul handle, gloves and tuck, and even the cat when processing. But the main reason I rate it lower is that it does not coal up. I used to fill the OWB at my ex's at night and then the ex would complain in the morning that there were no coals to start a fire with.

    Anyway, the pellet pigs love DF because of the heat by weight and low ash. I burned a cord here last winter and it indeed has little ash. But my list has a quite a few woods ahead of Doug fir. Those woods that I have burned a lot of from my favorite to least favorite: California live oak, Pacific Madrone, eucalyptus, almond, Oregon white oak, California black oak, black locust, dogwood, apple, tanoak, California bay/Oregon myrtle, larch/tamarack, Doug fir, golden chinquapin, vine maple, big leaf maple, walnut (black and white), liquid amber, Japanese maple, red and white alder, cherry/plum, elm, western hemlock, Oregon ash, box elder maple, Pacific silver fir, white fir, red fir, Monterey cypress, western juniper, Leyland cypress, Port Orford cedar, incense cedar, birch spp., laurel, Monterey pine, Bishop pine, knobcone pine, Japanese black pine, western red cedar, Sitka spruce, coastal redwood, English hawthorn, sycamore, grand fir, western white pine, willow spp., aspen, poplar, cottonwood.

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