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What wood species haven't you burned but would like to?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by PA. Woodsman, Nov 1, 2008.

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  1. PA. Woodsman

    PA. Woodsman Minister of Fire

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    If you were able to get your hands on any wood species that you don't have in your area, what would it be? I'm very blessed that here in PA. we have so many different species of hardwoods, but one that I wish I had some of would be Yellow Birch; don't have it around my area and only burned it once (actually brought a round home from vacation in Vermont a few years ago).


    What would you choose?

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  2. Jake

    Jake Member

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    cumaru... I burn all the flooring scraps i can get... Sooo hot sooo dense
    jatoba (brazilian cherry) would be another nice wood in log form
  3. bruce56bb

    bruce56bb New Member

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    i'd like to try some shag bark hickory and maybe some rock elm if someone else will split it:)
  4. RedRanger

    RedRanger New Member

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    Any hardwoods at all. We don`t have hardly any out here cept maybe a little arbutus.
  5. chad3

    chad3 Feeling the Heat

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    I'm eying a tree right now that is hanging over the road that the power company has to come and cut because it is going to hit the lines. I really would like to see how this stuff burns (without the smell I've heard about). I have plenty of oak, both white and red, but I've heard that this is even better.
    Only time will tell.
    Chad
  6. Elderthewelder

    Elderthewelder Minister of Fire

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    any hard wood grown in the northeastern U.S.
  7. chad3

    chad3 Feeling the Heat

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    Nope, none. I've only gotten about 25 cords in the past 6 months of just about all oak from one lot that I have gotten to cut. Few maple and birch, could almost not cut them and still be OK.
    Chad
  8. branchburner

    branchburner Minister of Fire

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    I want hedge. Will swap as much shag bark hickory as you'd like, and I'll split it, but you pay shipping. Actually, my sister may be driving back east from Iowa next year. Hmmmm... if she leaves the kids behind...
  9. bruce56bb

    bruce56bb New Member

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    branch

    thanks for the offer. i would gladly trade hedge for hickory.

    in my opinion, hedge is overrated. yes it does have incredible btu's, but they are earned.

    hedge is short, crooked, thorny and throws a BUNCH of sparks. it also does not stack well.

    i'm just not that big of a fan of it with all the hassles involved in burning it.

    bruce
  10. cannonballcobb

    cannonballcobb Member

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    I can't complain as I have a ton of Oak, all hand split which is easy for me to do.

    I would really like to try Hickory; is it difficult to hand split?
  11. crazy_dan

    crazy_dan New Member

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    oh i don't know some south American super rare rain-forest hardwood , as I have burnt most of the readily available north American hardwoods.
    Zebra wood sounds exotic.
  12. billb3

    billb3 Minister of Fire

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    anything from the French Faux Forest.
  13. fossil

    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    I'd like to get my hands on a few cords of Madrone, but it's all a few hundred miles away and nobody brings it over the mountains to us out here in the high desert. Rick
  14. branchburner

    branchburner Minister of Fire

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    I haven't split any since I was was a kid - I recall it being a bit stringy, but not too bad until you hit some knots, like maple.
    I have a bunch of it, but kind of back deep in my lot so I've been too lazy to tackle any, but it's on the shopping list for this winter.
  15. Bigg_Redd

    Bigg_Redd Minister of Fire

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    Ive never given it any thought. And I think I won't start now.
  16. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    SISTER! lol plenty of hedge aroud here!
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