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Which wood???

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by neumsky, Dec 9, 2012.

  1. neumsky

    neumsky Minister of Fire

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    Ok...If you had the choice...which one would YOU buy? Oak...Pecan...or whatever??? I want long burn times!!! Thanx...

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  2. ddddddden

    ddddddden Minister of Fire

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    Oak, if it's dry, but oak never is. Hickory maybe? People report very good results with locust, osage, black birch. . .I think it's going to depend on what's available in your area.

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  3. Hickorynut

    Hickorynut Burning Hunk

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    Don't know what available in Oklahoma. Black locust, hedge, oak, hickory/pecan are all good for long burn times.
  4. brian89gp

    brian89gp Feeling the Heat

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    Osage orange. Should be a decent amount in your area and it is very easy to ID and also to see how long it has been split (bright yellow/orange until exposed to air for at least a year, then it turns a dark orange'ish brown).

    The stuff burns long and hot, just usually need another species of wood to get the stove going as osage orange is somewhat hard to light on fire by itself.
  5. neumsky

    neumsky Minister of Fire

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  6. Gasifier

    Gasifier Minister of Fire

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    Do you have time for the Oak to dry? Most say two years at least, three is better. Most other wood will be good to go if split and stacked after one full year outside. Hopefully in a place with good air flow. Some wind and some sun. What type of woods are prevalent in your area?
  7. JOHN BOY

    JOHN BOY Minister of Fire

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    Long burn times are not always achieved with just burning hardwoods. Try using some rather large splits of Soft maple and pine like 8 inch diameter splits or rounds i have an old grandma bear fisher with a baffle in it and can get up to 7 hour burn times with a mix of different sized splits. Yes hardwoods tend to burn longer , but so do larger rounds of completely seasoned soft woods ,works for me. The trick is allso to really no your woodstove and how to reach these longer burn times thru trial and era. ;)
  8. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Hickory is my favorite. High BTU, multiple uses. ;)
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  9. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Certainly nothing wrong with oak if you have the time to dry it. Pecan should also be very good. If that is what is in your area, you are blessed.
  10. ddddddden

    ddddddden Minister of Fire

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    Just post good pics before you buy, and the wood nuts, er, I mean enthusiasts will ID it for you in about 10 seconds. ;)

    Or to keep it simple, you could set up a transaction for a particular species and then learn to ID it by looking at a few threads, so you can confirm.

    Osage orange/hedge sounds like a good bet for your region.

    http://www.hearth.com/talk/threads/load-of-hedge-osage.77738/

    http://www.hearth.com/talk/threads/osage-orange.77460/

    For general knowledge, read "Wood ID" threads.

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