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Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by efoyt, Oct 13, 2009.

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  1. moosetrek

    moosetrek New Member

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    Favorite: Dry Pine
    Least Favorite: Wet Pine

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  2. madrone

    madrone Minister of Fire

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    x2

    I like Dogwood, too. Cottonwood's not all bad, just the last on the list.
  3. Slow1

    Slow1 Minister of Fire

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    I can second that one!

    But looking at the question in a more traditional way...

    Favorites: Hickory (fun to split - but only did some seasoned rounds, love the sound it made, and it burns so nice); Oak

    Least: Whatever that stringy stuff was I picked up on the curb (I think it was some sort of willow) thank goodness there wasn't more of it or I might have seriously considered returning it to the curb. Anything that goes "Splat" when I hit it.
  4. WoodPorn

    WoodPorn Minister of Fire

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    Love; Hickory, Red & White Oak

    No love; White/Yellow Pine
  5. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    My favorite is whatever is in my woodpile and ready to burn.

    There are some junk in our woods that we just cut around or cut down; popple, willow and cottonwood for example. We don't need it so why mess with it?
  6. TreePapa

    TreePapa Minister of Fire

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    Most Favourite: Bottle Brush (yeah, not much wood there, but burns well, smells great, and splits nice (when big enough to split).

    Most AND Least Favourite: Eukie (eucalyptus) ... great to burn, h*ll to split.

    Gawd Awful, won't take it: Some non-native ornamental, don't know what it's called, but it smell like insecticide. Not like it was sprayed with insecticide, but like the wood was impregnated w/ insecticide. It was the most awful smelling wood I've ever enountered. I don't know why, but I actually loaded it in the truck, took it home and stacked it before I realized the smell was not just passing. I stacked it on the curb in front of my house w/ a FREE sign on it and some fool took it.

    Peace,
    - Sequoia
  7. WOODBUTCHER

    WOODBUTCHER Minister of Fire

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    The selection I've had the last 8 years living here in CT..........in order of preference

    Pignut & Shagbark Hickory
    White Oak
    Sugar Maple
    Black Birch
    Pin Oak
    Red Oak
    White Ash
    Copper Beech
    Black Cherry
    SweetGum
    Silver Maple
    Elm
    Red Maple (Balsam Swamp Wood)
    Hemlock

    WoodButcher
  8. JustWood

    JustWood Minister of Fire

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    FAV: white oak, hard maple,& beech
    LEAST FAV: everything else
    Ja,,,, I can be picky ,I'm a wood jockey by trade!!!!!!!!
  9. waynek

    waynek Member

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    Favorite - Black locust

    Least favorite - Box Elder
  10. wendell

    wendell Minister of Fire

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    Favorite: Elm (because you gotta dance with the one that brung ya. In other words, it's mostly what I got until 2011/12<G>). Real favorites, locust, oak and hickory

    Least: Cottonwood. Especially my neighbor's which is perpetually dropping stuff on my house, in my gutters and on my yard!
  11. Birdman1

    Birdman1 New Member

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    Favorites= FREE White & Red oak, Maple, White ash, Pine, Black walnut

    Least favorite= Not free
  12. Bigg_Redd

    Bigg_Redd Minister of Fire

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    I've never paid for firewood so I don't know how well not free firewood burns.

    Also, I hate cottonwood so much that I wouldn't take it if some offered to cut, split, and deliver it for free.
  13. gzecc

    gzecc Minister of Fire

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    Black locust, White ash, Hickory, Apple, Sugar Maple. Highest btu's/ least seasoning times
  14. d.n.f.

    d.n.f. New Member

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    Most = tamarack
    Least = cottonwood (soaks you when you split it and makes lots of ash when you burn it)
  15. CTburning

    CTburning New Member

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    The name of my neighboorhood is Oakdale Manor for good reason. I have a couple Cherry, Hickory and Ash trees but 90% is Red/White Oak and some kind of soft maple, (silver?). My favorite to burn is good dry Oak. My least favorite, wet oak. It takes forever to get hot, sizzles and stinks. The inside pipe was installed upside down on my old stove and creosote used to drip down the sides, lovely. Maple is in the middle. It seasons very fast which was great because it showed me what seasoned wood was but it doesn't last nearly as long. When I got low on maple last winter I threw some questionable red oak on the fire. After it sizzled for half and hour before producing any real heat I reserved the stove for when I had company over. I paid the oil man and will never burn wet again!
  16. WoodPorn

    WoodPorn Minister of Fire

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    What is BottleBrush?
  17. TreePapa

    TreePapa Minister of Fire

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    See here:

    http://floridagardener.com/pom/Callistemon.htm

    and here:

    http://www.cnr.vt.edu/DENDRO/DENDROLOGY/syllabus/factsheet.cfm?ID=468

    Most of the websites list it as 10 to 12 ft., but I've seen specimens here in So. Calif. up to 20 ft.

    As I said, it does not yield a whole bunch of wood, and I'd never cut one down just for firewood (they're too purty), but it has a nice spicey smell when burned, burns hot, and 'cuz it's so small, mostly don't need splittin', but that which does (i.e., trunk of larger trees) seems to split okay.

    Peace,
    - Sequoia
  18. WoodPorn

    WoodPorn Minister of Fire

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    very cool looking tree!
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