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what type of wood do you burn?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by iceman, Sep 14, 2010.

  1. 3fordasho

    3fordasho Feeling the Heat

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    Loc:
    South Central Minnesota
    Most to least desirable:

    white oak, honey locust, apple, red oak, white ash, sugar maple, hackberry, red elm, black cherry, blackwalnut, green ash, siberian elm, american elm, buckthorn, silver maple, boxelder, cottonwood

    firepit wood- pine, cedar, cottonwood, uglies of anything else.

    wood I wish I could burn- hedge, hickory, black locust

    Pretty lucky to have the variety that I do. Don't go out of my way for boxelder or cottonwood.
    We've got black locust around here, just not lucky enough to score any yet. Hickory should be in this area, just
    have not found any yet.

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  2. JBinKC

    JBinKC Feeling the Heat

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    Since I have been burning typically 50-75% of some variety of oak with the balance being pretty much anything else.

    I would estimate that 50-60% of the volume I usually burn is deadfall/trimmings from tops of trees.
  3. trailmaker

    trailmaker Member

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    In order of preference: Madrone, Shreve Oak, Coast Live Oak. I burn some Doug Fir, less BTU but a breeze to process.
  4. Wood Duck

    Wood Duck Minister of Fire

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    Anything I scrounge, and it seems to vary year to year. My first year I got about half Black Walnut with a mix of other woods making up the other half. Last year it was almost all oak - Black, Red, White, Chestnut - since an early fall snowstorm knocked down oaks more than other trees. This year I have lined up a bunch of Red Maple to cut. If it grows here in PA, I probably have some, but since we have as many oaks as other trees combined, I think I have about half oak overall.
  5. catjax7071

    catjax7071 New Member

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    I use Maple,Oak and some Pine, and also oak blocks not treated from my local pallet yard, they give them out for free!!
  6. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    80% yellow or red birch, 20% spruce.
    The only choice here.
  7. rphurley

    rphurley Feeling the Heat

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    Central/Eastern CT
    I burn mostly White Oak and Shagbark Hickory, because that what is dominant on my property. I love Ash and a nice hard Maple, and burn some White Pine and Hornbeam when it's available. With Oak as my staple, I really enjoy burning the Maple, Pine and Hornbeam that give me extra heat on a cold day.
  8. Tony H

    Tony H New Member

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    I burn alot of silver maple, box elder , elm, ash,burr oak, mullberry , cherry, apple, peach, birch, honey locust, pine, and anything else I come across. Like the saying it all burns
  9. Diesel73

    Diesel73 New Member

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    I'm buring whatever hard woods I can find for free so far.

    Been scrounging off my parents farm and have Oak, hickory, black locust, cherry, ash, maple, walnut, mullberry, birch.
    Also buring scrap wood from work which is a variety of hard woods.
  10. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

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    I my stacks now, in order of qty:

    1.) Red Elm
    2.) Black Cherry
    3.) Yellow Poplar
    4.) Black Walnut
    5.) Chinese Elm
    6.) White Ash
    7.) Red Oak

    Colorful wood it seems.
  11. Wood Duck

    Wood Duck Minister of Fire

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    Dave,
    I was aware of only one species of birch in Alaska - I called it simply 'birch' when I lived there, but the proper name is Paper Birch or White Birch as far as I know. I am wondering what you mean by yellow or red birch? Maybe you have more species in the MatSu Valley than we had up in Fairbanks?
  12. fyrwoodguy

    fyrwoodguy Feeling the Heat

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    i'm through with the beech,birch routine.
    OAK IS WHERE ITS AT NOW & FOREVER.

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  13. gzecc

    gzecc Minister of Fire

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    I seek out black locust, White ash, Hickories, hard maples, cherries, Beech, etc. I will take old dead oak but won't kill myself for it. Takes too long to season.
  14. Gunks

    Gunks Member

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    I burn oak, maple, box elder , elm, ash, birch, locust, pine (2 x 4s) and anything else I can scrounge.
  15. twitch

    twitch Member

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    Tires, pressure treaded wood and garbage, Just kidding!! I burn a pretty much equal mix of beech, maple, ash and oak. It's what I have on my property, mostly oak, but that stuff takes a LOOOOOONG time to season.
  16. elijah

    elijah Member

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    Whatever I find for free. What I'll have for the next 3 years or so is poplar, siberian elm, pine, and willow. Beggars can't be choosers, right?
  17. toqua

    toqua Member

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    All I have burned in the past five years is black locust


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  18. logger

    logger Minister of Fire

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    I burn FREE wood. Mostly consists of white oak, maple, and locust. Usually come across some ash, hickory, cherry, and poplar at times too.
  19. raven

    raven New Member

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    Ah Shnozberry, when i was younger i would burn that stuff yr round. we would gather round the fire and light a big ol round up and we were just as happy fun lovin as could be. It musta put off good heat cause we were always a takin our clothes off.Ah but these days i like to burn any dry wood , i just mix and match to season
  20. myzamboni

    myzamboni Minister of Fire

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    Black Locust, Madrone, Shreve Oak, Coast Live Oak, Pine, Cedar, Spruce, Carob, Redwoood and whatever else I can scrounge.

    My favorite is whatever is currently in the stove (have about 4 weeks before the first fire).
  21. Cudos

    Cudos Member

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    Damn , some of you have some nice choices when it comes to wood. Here in Alberta, birch & spruce, some Tamarack is the flavor of the day.

    I'm envious of all the hard wood many of you have access to.
  22. CALJREICH

    CALJREICH New Member

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    I burn oak , cherry , hickory , locust , hemlock , pine and anything else I find to cut that is dead , down , or crooked.
  23. ash burn

    ash burn Member

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    wellington, oh
    ash, elm, little poplar, osage orange and little black walnut...
  24. geoxman

    geoxman Feeling the Heat

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    I burn anything that is dry. I have tree guys drop stuff year round so it can be any type of wood. This year was a good year for ash, mulberry, elm and silver maple, but I probably have twenty different types of wood out back. I am not picky
  25. moosetrek

    moosetrek New Member

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    WY - East of Cheyenne
    Pine, aspen, and a little elm. Mostly pine. Occasionally some ash or oak if I can find it.

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