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What is the best Oak to burn?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by RayBurner, Mar 23, 2013.

  1. RayBurner

    RayBurner New Member

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    Red, White or Black ?

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  2. Pallet Pete

    Pallet Pete Guest

    Love all Oak its the drying time that sucks.

    Pete
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  3. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Dry oak is the best to burn, be it black or red, pin or white.
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  4. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Whichever red or white oak tree on my place that blows down or dies.

    But red is my favorite. Not because of how it burns but how it splits.
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  5. Beetle-Kill

    Beetle-Kill Minister of Fire

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    Oh Lord, I really, really, really wish I could lend some input on this one.<>
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  6. Thistle

    Thistle Minister of Fire

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    White Oak.Sometimes Bur Oak (in the White Oak group) is a bit denser,so that can vary a little.

    Roughly 90% of the wood I cut year round is standing dead & deadfall.Of that amount,easily 60% is Red or Black Oak.Remainder is 30% mixed White/Bur Oak,Shagbark Hickory,Mulberry,Elm etc.
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  7. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

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    White burns best. Red splits best and dries slowest. Black is basically red.
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  8. tfdchief

    tfdchief Minister of Fire

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    White Oak is my favorite
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  9. ddddddden

    ddddddden Minister of Fire

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    +1
    Un/fortunately (depending on your perspective) oak, in it's infinite variety, seems to be the dominant hardwood around here. No ash. No hard maple. No osage.

    If I were in your neck of the woods, I'd be looking for some of that dead ash.
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  10. red oak

    red oak Minister of Fire

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    The BTU charts say white oak is a bit denser, but I prefer red because it splits easier, and I haven't noticed much difference in the heat output.
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  11. Pallet Pete

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    Red Oak likes Red Oak ! lol

    Pete
  12. Locust Post

    Locust Post Minister of Fire

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    Red oak likes Red Oak but Red Oak also likes dead Oak. Say that 10 times fast.
  13. Thistle

    Thistle Minister of Fire

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    ;lol
  14. ScotO

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    I love all oak, but I'm partial to white. Smells great when C/S/S'ing and burning.....
    Most of the white oaks I get have big straight trunks....which is great for splitting and making the cross-tied ends when stacking. And I usually get at least ONE good saw log out of those trees.......got one this weekend!!

    There were three nice saw logs on the tree. Two of them turned into benches around the firepit at our Scout camp!

    http://www.hearth.com/talk/threads/weekend-outing-with-the-kids.108027/#post-1415336

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  15. Pallet Pete

    Pallet Pete Guest

    i think i blew a blood vessel in my eye tryin that one ouch !

    Pete
  16. Foragefarmer

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    You forgot no locust. i have a huge osage on my place but it would have to die for me to turn it into firewood.
  17. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    I like both white and red but we have mostly red and pin oak on our place. Drying time is not a concern here. I'll give it 10 years to dry if it needs it. ;lol
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  18. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    Red oak likes Red Oak but Red Oak also likes dead Oak.
    Red oak likes Red Oak but Red Oak also likes dead Oak.
    Red oak likes Red Oak but Red Oak also likes dead Oak.
    Red oak likes Red Oak but Red Oak also likes dead Oak.
    Red oak likes Red Oak but Red Oak also likes dead Oak.
    Red oak likes Red Oak but Red Oak also likes dead Oak.
    Red oak likes Red Oak but Red Oak also likes dead Oak.
    Red oak likes Red Oak but Red Oak also likes dead Oak.
    Red oak likes Red Oak but Red Oak also likes dead Oak.

    Red rum. Red rum. Red rum. Red rum. Red rum.
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  19. fabsroman

    fabsroman Minister of Fire

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    And that is exactly what I was going to say.
  20. gmule

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    he. he. we pine burners can only dream about burning the holy grail of wood.
    Of course after spending years of learning how to get the longest burns from pine we may not be able to burn oak. ;em
  21. ohlongarm

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    Any oak as long as it's got 3 years drying time on it.
  22. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

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    I checked some of my 2.5 year oak this weekend. Based on how it was burning I thought it would ready fairly high on the FH MM...but it came in at 15%. I checked a freshly cut, freshly split oak and it read "OL". Yes, I resplit both.

    I was surprised to see 15%...thought it would be higher based on how long it takes to get up to temp in the stove...but I guess I'm spoiled with the stuff I have burned the past couple winters (cut standing dead, darn near petrified, stacked in wood shed for 2 years, black locust, red elm, and hedge).
  23. jdp1152

    jdp1152 Minister of Fire

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    The free kind is the best kind
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    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    +1 :)

    I think "dry oak" was the best answer so far ;)
  25. Paulywalnut

    Paulywalnut Minister of Fire

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    The best oak; 3 Years c/s/s.

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