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Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by ScotO, Feb 4, 2012.

  1. ScotO

    ScotO Guest

    ok so the past several days I have been out splitting and stacking what wood I had laying near my stacks (there was a couple piles down there which amounted to almost two cord and it was just too swampy all fall to get at it). So as I am stacking I started thinking, wondering what kinds of different wood I have in my stacks. Wow, I have quite the variety! Here's what I figure that I have in the stacks, in order from greatest to least amount:

    White Ash
    Honey Locust
    Black Locust
    Silver Maple
    White Oak
    Red Oak
    Red Maple
    Hard Maple
    White Beech
    Norway Maple
    Black Cherry
    Apple
    Blue Spruce (newly added!)
    Lilac (you wouldn't believe the size of the monster lilacs we cut down last summer, 12" trunks!)
    Tulip Poplar

    This about sums up what is in my 20+ cords of C/S/S firewood. Now how about yours? %-P

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  2. Wood Duck

    Wood Duck Minister of Fire

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    I am not too far away from you but I have a few trees you don't have. In general order of how much wood i have:

    Black Oak
    White Oak
    Chestnut Oak
    Red maple
    Black Walnut
    Red Cedar
    Scots Pine
    Black Locust
    Black Cherry
    Norway Maple
    White Ash
    Weeping Willow
    Red Oak
    Bradford Pear
    Sugar Maple
    Honey Locust
    Shagbark Hickory
    Pignut Hickory
    Pin Oak
    White Pine
    American Elm
    White Birch
    Bigtooth Aspen
    Russian Olive
    Ironwood (Eastern Hop Hornbeam)
    Paulownia (?)
    Sassafras
    Japanese Zelkovia

    My total is about 12 cords.
  3. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Looks like you could experiment with several load & burn recipes.
    The perfect mix for every 10° weather change :)

    20 cords..... Sweet
    I have birch & spruce :)
  4. ScotO

    ScotO Guest

    Nice cache, woodduck. I realized I have a wee little bit of Katalpa and some Shagbark Hickory, maybe a couple wheelbarrows of each, leftovers from two years ago that were thrown back into the pile.....lol.....
  5. ScotO

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    :)
    BD it amazes me how you guys can go through those brutal winters with those relatively soft woods. I have tried many different recipies but it mostly boils down to this for me on any given cold day in the winter:

    morning kindle (6:00am) consists of a couple of ash/maple branches (2" to 3", I have them all through my stacks) and a couple of ash/maple splits on top of them.

    midmorning we pull the coals to the front and its a couple of ash/maple splits (unless wifey has to work, then its a couple of oak splits to last the day)

    after work (3:00pm), a couple ash/maple splits

    mid evening (8:00-9:00pm) one or two small ash or maple splits

    bedtime (11:00pm) again, pull the coals to the front, three or four white oak/locust splits. Wake up at 5:30am and start it over again!

    seems to work great if I can stay on this routine. If we are away for the evening or even a whole day, the stove gets stuffed with locust, and it's good for 12-13hrs (since I fixed my draft issue) :)
  6. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    We were looking at our wood stacks today. We saw ash, ash, white ash, ash, white ash and some ash. There is a little bit of soft maple and a little elm. Also some pin oak. Then there are the stacks with some ash in. Then there are some more ash stacks. Have I mentioned we have cut quite a bit of ash? Next week we plan on cutting some ash...
  7. BobUrban

    BobUrban Minister of Fire

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    It's a Michigan(or maybe mid-west) thing Dennis. I just picked up my buddies 35ton today and will be splitting in the evenings all next week. Then probably some more next weekend. Of all the wood I have bucked so far this winter it has to be 90% Ash with a little maple, cherry and elm in the mix. Did I mention I have a whole lot more ash to cut?? Lots of dead standing ash here and more to come. I will post picks of my work when I get the chance but have to coach wrestling all day tomorrow - between that and the Superbowl I am not sure it will get touched until Monday.
  8. Locust Post

    Locust Post Minister of Fire

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    Here's my breakdown in approximate order of the most to least.

    Locust
    Cherry
    Sugar Maple
    Beech
    American Elm
    Pig Nut Hickory
    White Oak
    Ash
    Black Walnut
    Soft Maple
    Apple
    Pine
    Aspen
    Cedar
    About 10 cords css
    Guessing 7-8 cords to split
    About 1 cord of slab cut and stacked and 1.5 cord yet to be cut and stacked
  9. Thistle

    Thistle Minister of Fire

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    Here in town about 3 cords total
    Red Oak
    Black Oak
    White Oak
    Bur Oak
    Black Walnut
    Mulberry
    Red Elm
    Shagbark Hickory
    Norway Maple
    Silver Maple
    American or White Elm
    Eastern Red Cedar
    Eastern Hophornbeam/Ironwood

    At parents acreage about 12 cords total
    Red Oak
    Black Oak (between these two its about 60% of what I cut every year)
    White Oak
    Bur Oak
    Shagbark Hickory
    Red Elm
    American or White Elm
    Mulberry
    Eastern Hophornbeam/Ironwood
  10. JoeyD

    JoeyD Minister of Fire

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    I stick with the reds, blacks and whites. Red, black and white oak, black cherry and black locust. Oh, and a splash of mulberry from last years scrounge. Pretty narrow range compared to most people here.
  11. Hickorynut

    Hickorynut Burning Hunk

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    We don't have near as much ash here in western ky. , at least around me. And none of it is dying, thank goodness..........elm on the other hand. Anyway, mostly what I get is black and red oak, black cherry, black locust, soft maple and elm when I want to fool with it. I have also gotten hedge, black walnut, pignut hickory, white oak, persimmon, ash and sassafras in lesser amounts. By the way, I am a trunk man, anything 18 inches to 2ft. is extra beautiful;);).
  12. ScotO

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    Dennis I didn't realize you had any ash at all... :p
  13. scroungerjeff

    scroungerjeff Burning Hunk

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    First post but been lurking around for a while.
    I had an old zc removed and put the northstar in back in November. Love it and it heats the whole house with ease. Not saying much this winter though.
    Have been scrounging and stacking wood for years and have the following in order of quantity:

    Black Locust
    White Oak
    N Red Oak
    Silver Maple
    S Red Oak
    Norway Maple
    Black Cherry
    Red Maple
    Sassafras
    Mockernut Hickory
    Sweet Gum
    Pitch Pine
  14. Locust Post

    Locust Post Minister of Fire

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    Welcome aboard Jeff,
    Sounds like you've got a nice selection there.
  15. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa Minister of Fire

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    Sounds like Dennis is up to his ash in Ash.

    Did I ever mention Ash is my fav? Around here it's mostly Black Ash.
  16. Locust Post

    Locust Post Minister of Fire

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    Yep nothing like a little ash to get the house heated up. ;-)
  17. Wood Duck

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    That mulberry is probably White Mulberry, the most common type of mulberry.
  18. rottiman

    rottiman Minister of Fire

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    you must get tired of "HAULIN' ASH"...............LOL
  19. ScotO

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    I've got lots of ash too.....and the wife ain't crazy about me playing with anyone's ash but hers. ;-P She really gets mad when I hug her while looking out the back window and whisper in her ear "honey you have some nice ash..." :lol:
  20. ScotO

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    Nice cache Thistle! you got a great selection. I keep some of mine up at the inlaws place, we have a log landing up in a hollow by his house and it is a great place for the overrun. Me, my father-in-law, and my best buddy all heat our houses with wood. My buddy and I cut as a side job and we get a pile of wood over the year, so whatever extra we cannot put at our houses goes up there, and when we need we can go and get it (I have at least 15 cord out back of my house so I shouldn't need it for a while). I probably have 5 to 7 cord that is mine up at the inlaws, maybe more. If the FIL needs any of it hes welcome to have it (theres probably around 15 cord between all of us up there too.) If there's one thing I learned on this site over the years (I just joined in the fall but have been creeping on here for a couple years) it is to be way ahead on your wood to make sure it is seasoned. Esp. when you rely in it as your primary heat source like we do here.
  21. ScotO

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    JoeyD, you have some of the best stuff in your pile. Do you stay way ahead on your oak, as I know it takes it quite longer to season (at least in my experiences with it). I really like the oaks because they burn down to a good coal bed and eventually to total powder (alot like locust).
  22. ScotO

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    Hickory I like it all, but I agree about the trunks. I like the REALLY big trunks. Nothing like getting twenty to thirty splits from one round! ;-)
  23. ScotO

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    Scrounger welcome to your newest addiction, Hearth.com! You are now on yer way to becoming a master of the flame, this is a great place to get ideas, put in yer ideas, and do a little ball-bustin once in a while. you got a great selection, you should have no problem working some different burns with that cache of wood.....
  24. Locust Post

    Locust Post Minister of Fire

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    My point exactly.
  25. NH_Wood

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    My breakdown from most to least is approximately:

    red oak
    white ash
    red maple
    beech
    sugar maple
    white birch
    yellow birch
    black cherry
    black birch
    Norway maple
    plum
    American elm

    Adds to just over 20 cord I think - lots more to cut - should have 25 cord c/s/s by end of this coming fall

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