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If you could only have one wood

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by etiger2007, Jan 17, 2014.

  1. etiger2007

    etiger2007 Minister of Fire

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    what would it be and why?

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  2. gzecc

    gzecc Minister of Fire

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    Black locust. Highest BTU's in my area, fastest seasoning.
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  3. razerface

    razerface Minister of Fire

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    Not even a contest,,,,, red oak
    Burns good, splits good, sells good, although I have customers who walk by the oak and want ash.
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  4. Ralphie Boy

    Ralphie Boy Minister of Fire

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    White oak. Best burning, longest lasting wood I've ever burned in my stove, well insert actually.
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  5. Richie

    Richie Member

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    Black birch. Burns hotter than anything I've burnt, leaves a medium size coal bed, seasons in 18 months, smells fantastic when cutting, smells great when burning, and excellent burn times.
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  6. paul bunion

    paul bunion Minister of Fire

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    It would be delivered-for-free wood. :cool:
  7. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Shagbark Hickory.
    Excellent heat, coals great, long burning, doesn't take 4 score and 7 years to season and it works great to cook over.
    Lights easy, splits easy and minimal ash.
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  8. Ralphie Boy

    Ralphie Boy Minister of Fire

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    That's one that grows all around me but I've yet to get any of it.;hm
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  9. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Try it, you'll like it.
    I would give away every stick of my white oak if it was replaced with shaggy.
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  10. Jon1270

    Jon1270 Minister of Fire

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    Ash. Not the best BTU values perhaps, but it has a low moisture content when green so it's relatively light when splitting and stacking, splits easily, splinters aren't too nasty, has no offensive smells and it dries quickly. I live on a small urban lot, and there's nowhere to store three years worth of wood of a single species, so many of the higher-BTU woods are out.
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  11. PA. Woodsman

    PA. Woodsman Minister of Fire

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    Probably the best all-around "utility" wood, too; works as kindling, quarter-splits and larger pieces.......

    I would choose Maple for the same reasons stated above, and if it was the only wood that I had it wouldn't roast me out of the house if it was shoulder season like some others but it also would be decent in real cold weather.

    My other "smart ass" answer would've been "dry"......::-) :p
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  12. etiger2007

    etiger2007 Minister of Fire

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    I need to try some hickory , I have some shag bark in the woods but have yet to burn it .
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  13. Wood Duck

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    Sequoia. Because it is bigger than the other woods.
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  14. jackatc1

    jackatc1 Burning Hunk

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    White Ash.
    Small crown, easy to fell. Will not hang up like the Oak's, Hickory's,and Maple's
    Split's easy. season's quickly, burns clean and hot.
    Downside bark is messy.
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  15. bag of hammers

    bag of hammers Minister of Fire

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    If I could only have one wood, my wife would leave me.

    :p

    tgif....
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  16. Ralphie Boy

    Ralphie Boy Minister of Fire

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    I've only got two shags on my land so I like to keep them for a while. Kinda like having money in a mason jar buried in the back yard. But when the time's right it's, timberrrrrrr!
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  17. Craig S.

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    Black Locust ... nuff said.
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  18. rrguy

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    I'd narrow it down to any wood like cherry or walnut where you could sell the big pieces and enjoy/ burn the rest. :)
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    adrpga498 Minister of Fire

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    Ditto
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  20. lindnova

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    Based on my experience I have to go with bur oak. Cuts and splits ok and burns long.

    Hard maple is a close second. I haven't burned much of it as it is scarce here, but it splits easier and burns good.

    Green ash would be 3rd as it dries fast, burns good, but splits a little hard sometimes.
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  21. Paulywalnut

    Paulywalnut Minister of Fire

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    I like black locust. I might go with red oak though because it can burn very nicely by itself. Strictly locust,
    Not as good.
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  22. ClintonH

    ClintonH New Member

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    Bur oak: incredibly hot, good coals, splits nicely. The logs also make good furniture, too!
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  23. PA. Woodsman

    PA. Woodsman Minister of Fire

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    As long as you have a supply of your beloved Cherry wood those Hickory's have nothing to worry about....;lol :cool:
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  24. PA. Woodsman

    PA. Woodsman Minister of Fire

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    From reading posts on here and where some of you fellas are located it sounds like you almost already only have one wood to burn-Pine! Wish I could ship some nice hardwoods to you all so you could experience how they burn.
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  25. ailanthus

    ailanthus Feeling the Heat

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    Red oak, with black locust a close second. The tiebreaker being smell.

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