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Willow-can you burn it?

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by brider, Jun 21, 2008.

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  1. brider

    brider Member

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    I had (2) big willow trees fall over this spring, not weeping willow, but very tall, knotty, nasty willow none the less.

    Seems a shame to just cut it up and haul it to the landfill; is it burn-able, or is it to be avoided, like pine?

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  2. savageactor7

    savageactor7 Minister of Fire

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    I've burned tons of it over the years...burns hot leaves no coals to speak of. Good shoulder season wood. If you want to burn it to save money just use the willow for when you're up and about to tend the fire...cause you'll be doing that frequently. And save your harder woods for keeping a fire overnight.

    Once split and kept in a sunny location it will dry well enough to burn this winter...if your start soon.
  3. cmonSTART

    cmonSTART Minister of Fire

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    If it fits in the stove, burn it.
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    wg_bent Minister of Fire

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    I have yet to find a wood not worth burning. I've burned tons of pine, cedar, sumac, and other "junk" wood. I love it... people want to give it to me free because they don't want it. It heats my home and my Osburn burns clean enough that the chimney never has more than a few cups of fly ask in it. Burn away my friend!!!!

    Warren
  5. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    However, you have found wood not worth splitting if I remember. Can we say ... ELM?
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    Oh, brider...don't get me started. Just send me all your Pine, and I'll stack it up with all the rest of my Pine. Rick
  7. FatttFire

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    Along with Pine and Willow not to mention other kinds of wood, my Uncle always told me it wasn't worth it b/c it doesn't burn good! He had a " fireplace " and I have a woodstove, and yes I am sure other people will contest, everything burns different in stove compared to a fireplace! So as long as it is free, and I season it right, I burn burn baby burn!
  8. Highbeam

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    Too many people are burdened with what the grand daddy told them. I burned many codrds of cottonwood this year which is very similar to willow. I have cut and split willow this year along with the alder and other junk in my woods that blew down. I have a rural piece of property that has a bunch of these deciduous trees. I don't like leaves so am selectively killing them off.
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    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    Arboreal Cleansing?! Wait until the UN gets a whiff of what you're doing. :bug: Rick
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    Elderthewelder Minister of Fire

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    here is a link to a pretty user friendly btu chart from Tom ( chimneysweep)
    I am happy to see the Douglass Fir a little higher up on the chart than I was thinking it would be, that's great as it is probably the most common wood available to me, that and Alder
    http://chimneysweeponline.com/howood.htm
  11. Highbeam

    Highbeam Minister of Fire

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    Funny that the chart put up by a western washington business has Kentucky Coffeetree but not madrona or western red cedar which we have coming out of our ears.
  12. Elderthewelder

    Elderthewelder Minister of Fire

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    I don't think I have ever even seen a Madrona tree, let alone burn the wood. Maybe I have seen 1 but just did not realise it.
    If you have Madrona coming out your ears invite me over and I will take as much as you want to give away, I'll go rent me a big A$$ dump truck
  13. gyrfalcon

    gyrfalcon Minister of Fire

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    Sumac? No kidding? That's one thing I've got a lot of. I guess it's staghorn sumac, with the big spikes of red berries in winter.

    I'm always desperately short of medium-to-large kindling and end up having to buy bags of lumber ends at the hardware. Sumac burns well enough to use for kindling?
  14. begreen

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    Madrona is a magnificent, beautiful tree. It's especially appreciated because it keeps its leaves in winter. We're fortunate that it like our soil and have several young trees thriving on our property. It grows quite quickly and reminds us of ballet dancers with its shapely form. Great tree and one of my favorites.

    If you're in Seattle, head out to Lincoln Park and take a walk in the madrona grove there. It's magical.

    http://picasaweb.google.com/rolf.neugebauer/Nature/photo#5191455707601225938


    http://www.seattle.gov/parks/_images/parks/lincoln/path.jpg

    http://www.northwestarborist.com/madrona.htm
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    I don't have nearly as many madrona coming out of my ears as I do red cedar. My woodlot was allowed to naturally regenerate itself from windborn seeds and other natural processes some 30 years ago. Lots of red cedar came up in the wetter areas along with maple. Some madrona, fir, alder, and willow. The red cedar isn't very windfirm so when we have the big storms I usually have some cedar fall down.

    Madrona is a pretty messy tree. It rains these little bell flowers on your head, sheds its paper like bark, and even drops leaves. A very cool tree though. They always seem to lean one way or the other, you won't find a vertical madrona very often.
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