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Still cleaning up from Sandy

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by mcollect, Oct 17, 2013.

  1. mcollect

    mcollect Member

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    We are CSS a lot of wood but recently found a lot of what we call river birch, when split it is very red and almost wet. How long until it is ready to burn moisture over 30%. Still have wood for this year ready, will it be ready for next year or should I put on the stacks for 2015/2016?

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  2. JOHN BOY

    JOHN BOY Minister of Fire

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    Birch is some good stuff , its a medium hardwood . Kinda ranks with cherry and softmaple . C/S/S and ready for next season .
  3. Ram 1500 with an axe...

    Ram 1500 with an axe... Minister of Fire

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    Single stack it in the sun and wind, it will be ready next year, I bet...
  4. STIHLY DAN

    STIHLY DAN Minister of Fire

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    Sounds like black birch, premium fire wood. Keep it off the ground and top covered. preferably with an air gap between the wood and the cover.
  5. avalondouglas

    avalondouglas New Member

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    I've done a lot of research on this, but I'm also no expert (I just had a cord of River Birch dropped today). River Birch and Sweet Birch are both referred to as Black Birch. Sweet Birch (Betula Lenta) is an amazing hardwood, smells sweet like mint, seasons quickly (1 year), and has the same BTU output as White Oak: 24-26 range depending on chart. River Birch (Betula Nigra) is a soft hardwood, and from what I can gather has a more consistent BTU output as White Birch: 19-20 range depending on chart.
  6. Paulywalnut

    Paulywalnut Minister of Fire

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    You're right about the black birch. When splitting it, it has a nice chewing gum aroma.:)
  7. Knots

    Knots Feeling the Heat

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    Keep birch off the ground or it becomes the ground rather quickly!

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