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Is it worth $40 extra for all hickory?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by jrob, Dec 3, 2008.

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  1. jrob

    jrob New Member

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    saw this ad:

    Seasoned split hardwood mostly oak 1/2 cord $65, 1 cord $120 Delivered, Kindling $5 a bundle. All Hickory 1/2 cord $85, 1 cord $160 Delivered

    Would it be worth it to get all hickory, compared to mixed hardwood/mostly oak?
    I've been burning all oak so far, in an open fireplace.

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  2. SteveT

    SteveT Feeling the Heat

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    If you are burning in an open fireplace you are after the ambiance and not the heat. So there's no reason to pay more for the hickory.
  3. jrob

    jrob New Member

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    hey I still get radiant heat :p

    That's kind of along the lines I was thinking, though, that it wouldn't make much of a difference.

    Now, with a stove or insert, would it make a difference then?
  4. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    Hickory gives some more heat, but I wouldn't pay 33% more for it than oak.
  5. MishMouse

    MishMouse Minister of Fire

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    That would depend on what your using the wood for.
    If your using it for heat I would say go with the oak, if you are using it in your smokehouse I would go with the hickory.
    Hickory Smoke + ribs = Good Eats
  6. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    not if the the other chose is oak!
  7. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Hickory will give more heat than oak, but not that much! Sad that you don't know what the other wood is besides the "mostly oak."
  8. Valhalla

    Valhalla Minister of Fire

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    It is not worth the added high percentage at all!

    Oak, and other hardwoods are just fine. Actually, mixed hardwoods will help you.
  9. SteveT

    SteveT Feeling the Heat

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    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Especially when considered that it will be burned in a 5-10% efficient appliance (open fireplace).
  11. WOODBUTCHER

    WOODBUTCHER Minister of Fire

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    If it was swamp maple vs hickory in my Oslo, I'd probably pay more. But oak is just as nice........in an open fireplace it doesn't matter, lots of heat loss anyways.


    WoodButcher
  12. Stevebass4

    Stevebass4 Minister of Fire

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    :cry: i would love to pay 120 a cord csd

    heck i am paying 80 a cord now for log length
  13. Jersey Fire Bug

    Jersey Fire Bug New Member

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    200 a cord in N.J. Split and delivered. This wood insert was sort of a last minute
    thing with me so I am stuck having to buy some. Luckily I had about a cord and 1/2 I had
    cut up for my fireplace.
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