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Question about cherry and sycamore

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by wahoowad, Mar 5, 2006.

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  1. wahoowad

    wahoowad Minister of Fire

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    I was eyeing a downed hickory tree but the owner said she was going to keep it. This was going to round out my wood being split and seasoned for next year. I know of a tall cherry tree I am sure I can get but wondering if cherry is a wood for filling a firebox or just to add a piece here and there? It's a big tree (for a cherry) so will be a large portion of next year's wood. Should I put the time into the cherry or go find something better?

    Sycamore - I don't see sycamore listed on the "btu" list recently posted. I split up a dozen or so logs and wondering how good a wood it is, comparatively speaking? It is unseasoned right now but seems like it might end up being a fairly light wood.

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  2. bruce

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    take it!! i burn about 50% cherry all good here long burn times lots of heat!
  3. TheFlame

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    Sycamore is probably on the same order as poplar. It is a pretty light wood. It burns just fine, but produces a lot of coals.

    I burned about a cord total of it this season, and there's nothing wrong with it. There are better woods out there in terms of BTU, but nothing should stop you from burning sycamore if you have it available.
  4. elkimmeg

    elkimmeg Guest

    Cherry is a medium grade hardwood. I burn a lot of it, little better than birch, pleasent arroma and decent to burn
    not too bad to split if straight grain.
  5. wahoowad

    wahoowad Minister of Fire

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    People keep commenting on the aroma of various woods (cherry, cedar, others) but I never catch a whiff when I burn cedar. Are you burning with your door open? All my smoke gets vented up the chimney....how are you guys savoring the smell of aromatic woods?
  6. elkimmeg

    elkimmeg Guest

    down wind outside

    BTW explain that fish I see you holding
  7. wahoowad

    wahoowad Minister of Fire

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    Ahhh, outside....that explains it.

    Thats a catfish, Elk. We grow them big around here.
  8. fbelec

    fbelec Minister of Fire

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    easy way to smell it indoors


    open the door to your stove real fast about 2 minutes after loading it:)

    works every time
  9. MountainStoveGuy

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    you guys are spoiled out east.
  10. elkimmeg

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    open the door to your stove real fast about 2 minutes after loading itsmile

    works every time

    My wife ususlly pipes up I smell smoke, then you get the look, daggers in the eyes. Next thing you know I am reminded about dusting.

    MSG I offered to send some cherry your way chain saw cuttings chunks for grilling let me know before I burn it all
  11. MountainStoveGuy

    MountainStoveGuy New Member

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    I would take you up on your offer, i dont think shipping would be cost effective LOL. I should just get a semi and a flat bed trailer and head out east for all these exotic woods that you guys burn. Im going to have to work a little harder this year to get enough wood. I am one of those guys thats waits untill august to start getting ready. I have plenty of dry wood but its in the standing dead position.
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