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

  1. ScotO

    ScotO Guest

    NICE! I'd be saving that plum for cooking on the fire pit and smoking! That's what I use my apple for, I have that stacked in a separate pile!

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  2. scroungerjeff

    scroungerjeff Burning Hunk

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    Thanks Scotty, the addiction is well under way, just ask my wife and daughter. They love the 75 degree living room and I like keeping the propane man at bay. With this extended mild streak I have been burning pine for start-up and maple and cherry for the long burns. Cherry leaves really nice coals and smells pretty good as well. Saving the loc and oak for cold spells. I am very impressed with all the great advice dispensed here.
  3. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    I didn't realize how many puns that post would cause on this forum. :lol:
  4. ScotO

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    All in good, clean fun my friend!! ;-)
  5. Locust Post

    Locust Post Minister of Fire

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    Yea what he said....Thou shalt not covet your neighbor's ash
  6. ScotO

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    Dangit....I'm busted...... :red:
  7. midwestcoast

    midwestcoast Minister of Fire

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    I don't get too much variety in my scrounges. My stash goes about like this:

    Red Oak
    Mulberry
    Red Elm
    Silver Maple
    Basswood
    Cedar fence pickets
    Norway spruce (if you count the christmas tree ;)

    Around 4 1/2 cords.

    Scotty, save those Lilac rounds for overnight burns & you'll be amazed! It it the longest burning stuff I have ever burned! Better than Ironwood IMO. Smells good too.
  8. timusp40

    timusp40 Feeling the Heat

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    What is in my stacks? Whatever I can get for free. Don't have treed property or access to friends or family. I just keep an eye out for oppertunities.
  9. ScotO

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    yes it does last! I have it stacked with the black locust and honey locust. Its buried in the stack or else I'd get some pics of it. They were HUGE lilacs, probably every bit of 60 to 65 yrs old.......maybe older! At least 12" rounds at the main trunks, super dense and heavy even after seasoning. I ended up with a HEAPING truckload at that job.....I hope to get more someday!
  10. ScotO

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    timus you'll be amazed at what that stack will evolve into, in time you'll gain a lot of knowledge of the different varieties and you'll have quite the selection. When I started I only had some oak and maple, now I can't believe all the different species that I have in that mountain of BTU's .... keep up with the wood scrounging!
  11. Woody Stover

    Woody Stover Minister of Fire

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    Unfortunately, more than half of this is yet to be split and stacked, so maybe it doesn't qualify. :-S Been busy cutting, and refilling the processing area. It might get cold (though it doesn't really look like it, the way it's going) and I would rather be splitting, where I can run in the house to warm up if need be. It'll all be in the stacks soon, to get a long season of drying under way.

    Black Locust- 3 cords at least, when I get done with the current score.
    White Ash- 2 cords
    Black/Red Oak- 2 cords
    Black Cherry- 1.5 cords
    Pignut- 1.5 cord
    White Oak- 1 cord
    Sugar Maple- 1 cord
    Red/Silver Maple- 1 cord
    Red Elm- Two thirds cord
    Pin Oak- Two thirds cord, with a couple of cords yet to be bucked and hauled home.
    A smattering of Dogwood, Persimmon, Red Mulberry.



    Ashes to ashes,
    Dust to dust.
    When the EAB gets here,
    burn Ash we must.

    That SOB is almost here... :long:
  12. ScotO

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    Yeah Woody I feel yer pain. It hasn't affected us directly yet but the little purple boxes they have scattered around during the summer have shown evidence in neighboring counties that they are slowly migrating to central PA. I can't understand why modern science is more worried about cloning and a lot of other things when we have a major pest epidemic underway (Lyme ticks, stinkbugs, Emerald ash borer, maple borer, blight, gypsy moth, etc). We are going to have a devastating consequences if they don't soon get some of these problems under control.
  13. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    What I've been burning this year . . . in no particular order.

    Oak (red or white . . . not sure which . . . just burned a couple splits to test them out)
    White ash
    Green ash
    Red maple (burning up lots of this -- there was a lot of this that I cleared to make room for the fire pond at the firehouse a few summers ago)
    American elm (I get some of this every year as the elms continue to die around my house)
    White birch (My wife likes this -- says it is always nice when doing a reload since it has its own "built in fire starter."
    Eastern white pine . . . usually from some branches that come down during the winter storms -- not much of this has come down this winter though
    Black cherry


    In two years I'll be pretty stoked . . . I'll be burning up a lot more oak, black locust, beech and yellow birch.
  14. clemsonfor

    clemsonfor Minister of Fire

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    Im sure i have...

    White Oak
    N. Red Oak
    S. Red Oak
    Black Jack Oak
    Water Oak
    Post Oak
    Black Cherry
    Elm
    R. Maple
    Sweetgum
    Hackberry
    Southern Yellow Pine (either shortleaf or Loblolly, didnt pay that much attention to it)
    E. Red Cedar (maybe a piece or 2 kicking around)

    I think i have all of these one of the oaks maybe not, sometimes i cut them in such a dead state the leaves are way gone, and i dont care enough to determine the exact species.
  15. RORY12553

    RORY12553 Minister of Fire

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    You guys are a bunch of addicts! LOL i have mostly oak and some maple...found a guy that rents a house that wants all the split wood off his property which will add about 4 cords already split of oak and ash..almost feel bad taking it being it isn't so much work!
  16. ScotO

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    what the heck are ya waitin for? Get yer butt over there and get that stuff! :cheese:
  17. clemsonfor

    clemsonfor Minister of Fire

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    Cherry smell good? You must have something other than black cherry, that stuff stinks!! Not paid attention to the smoke but cutting it and or smelling it its just nasty!
  18. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    That's odd . . . I cut black cherry and it smells great . . . a hint of sweet-ness to it. In fact when I process cherry I usually go a bit slower since inevitably I will be splitting up some and will stop once in a while to sniff it. Are you sure your black cherry is in fact black cherry?
  19. clemsonfor

    clemsonfor Minister of Fire

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    YEs, are you sure your talking about "Prunus serotina" commen name black cherry? There can be many local or common names for a particular tree many are not actually correct but are accepted locally? "serotina" Which is the species means basically fragrant or sented, but does not necisarily mean good.

    And i know i am talking about black cherry, i am a forester by profession.
  20. Wood Duck

    Wood Duck Minister of Fire

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    I agree with Clem - Black Cherry smells bad. I have never liked the smell, and yes I am talking about Prunus serotina, generally known as Black Cherry. I have heard the smell is from a small amount of cyanide in the bark. I don't know that it smells much different from other woods when it is burned (and I couldn't smell it inside the house even if it did) but when processing the wood and especially when cutting fresh Black Cherry, there is a smell. I think we are all probably talking about the same smell but we have different opinions on it.
  21. black locust

    black locust New Member

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    I've cut, split, and burned alot of cherry trees. While it is a pretty decent firewood, I have never understood the smells good thoughts either. Has a smell while splitting, better than some oaks but not necessary pleasing. Not much smell from burning either, just my observations and opinion ;);).
  22. oldspark

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    Only cut a small amount of "black cherry" here but I thought it had a mild pleasant smell, not strong at all.
  23. Woody Stover

    Woody Stover Minister of Fire

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    Have you got a pic of this "Black Cherry?" Either that's not BC or you need to have your nose checked. :lol:
  24. clemsonfor

    clemsonfor Minister of Fire

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    Google Prunus serotina, or Black cherry. I dont have a pic, dang it, im gonna link to a link of it.

    Here is the Silvics of North America link to it

    http://www.na.fs.fed.us/pubs/silvics_manual/volume_2/prunus/serotina.htm

    Pic here (pull down to the Roseacea Genus)

    http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl...ry&um=1&hl=en&sa=N&gbv=2&tbm=isch&um=1&itbs=1
  25. ScotO

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    I agree Spark. I cut a PILE of it over the years and I think it smells great when burning. I when like the way it smells when splitting it, almost has a fruit smell to it.

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