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  1. Applesister

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    Personally I think Black birch can hold its own next to black locust. But have never done a comparison. I overfired my woodstove once on a straight run of locust. So now I mix it with cherry. I swear my stove was designed for black cherry.
     

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  2. Richie

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    Applesister, I loaded up on black birch cause I saw the charts and it looks comparable as far as BTUs and dry weight of a cord. Lifting the black birch at 18% moisture, it is still really heavy. I am lucky enough to have a fireplace xtrordinair elite 44 with a 4.3 cubic foot fire box. With the locust that came with the house I was able to fit 6-7 splits 24"X8". Toward the front half of the insert you can fit 32 " logs so I cut a bunch of my wood into ten inch pieces and filled it along the sides. The insert was literally packed. When the weather was 30 degrees and above outside, I was getting 24 hour burns with the insert damped down all the way. House temp was 70 and when I woke up in the morning house temp was 65. It would literally take the locust 45 minutes just to catch on a nice bed of coals and then about another hour till the cat lit off. When it gets below 30 I would have to load the insert about every 15 hours. There was a little cherry around and was lucky to get 9 hours. I hope black birch is better then cherry because this locust really spoiled me.
     
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    Solid black birch is every bit as good as oak/locust for heat output. It will burn a lot longer than cherry. The only problem with birch is it rots so damn quick. Unless you cut it green it probably has some degree of rot. I got a bunch of it last spring, one guy gave me some green logs, other guy dropped off some standing dead. The standing dead was punky to a certain degree. Anyway If it gets wet and stays wet in your stacks forget about it. White birch wastes quicker and yellow is no better in that respect.
     
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