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Sycamore has spots?

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  1. paulgp602

    paulgp602 Member

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    Hi, is Sycamore the wood with white spots on it? My firewood guy said it burns well. He brought some more wood by and there was some mixed in with the maple.


    Sidenote- The price was $50 per delivered pickup truck load, split. Which usually stacks to over a half cord. Seems like firewood is staying low this year for some reason. Oil is at $2.25 per gallon in my area.

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  2. adrpga498

    adrpga498 Minister of Fire

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    NOt a bad price for split sycamore. Personnely, I pass on trying to split that by hand. If I get any rounds free on the scrounge I would use splitter on sycomore. And yes fuel oil seems to be comming down. I don't have to "lock in until"November so I hope it keeps dropping pd $2.55 per gallon last year. Burnd only 225 gallons 2005-06 season.
  3. paulgp602

    paulgp602 Member

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    No, it was split maple, there was just a couple pieces (about 5) of Sycamore. I always wondered what kind of tree that was as there are a ton of those around my area. The ones growing in my neighborhood are GIANT at the base and well over 80 feet tall.Must be OLD~~~
  4. ourhouse

    ourhouse Minister of Fire

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    Yes sycamore and london plain trees have spots. They burn a little better than red maple.
  5. paulgp602

    paulgp602 Member

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    There was only a few pieces of Sycamore in the load. The load was all Maple, not the red maple, just regular 'ol Connecticut maple, which is all over the place in CT. I have a few Japanese maple trees in my yard. They are nice red leaves on them. Believe me I have though of turning them into firewood, but can't bear to cut them down.

    I am in Milford, CT
  6. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Well damn. Now I have to send my wood in for DNA testing before I gas up the chainsaw.
  7. wahoowad

    wahoowad Minister of Fire

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    I cut some Sycamore up last Spring having scrounged the bucked logs from a construction site. It was a royal PITA to split and 7 months later it feels like a light, punky piece of wood with no btu's. I haven't burnt it yet, not even sure if it is ready. It feels like it is holding some humidity - just feels weird. Although.....now that I think about it, I vividly recall struggling to split it and can't wait to stuff it in a roaring fire. I have been restacking some wood inside my garage and playing close attention to how well various tree types have seasoned...this sycamore by far is the most questionable stuff I find.
  8. Roospike

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    Sounds like "cottonwood" Kinda hard , heavy, splits like hard wood then when dry its lite & is like rolled up paper when burning, no BTU's .
  9. wahoowad

    wahoowad Minister of Fire

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    nah, it is Sycamore. I saw the whole tree before ti weas cut up. Sycamore is pretty easy to identify. Oh well, I don't have a lot if it.
  10. Roospike

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    Sorry , I ment the Sycamore sounds a lot like cottonwood.
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