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Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by jnthuskers, Feb 8, 2009.

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  1. jnthuskers

    jnthuskers New Member

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    I have access to all different types of wood. Do I, pick the hardwoods and leave the softwoods like cottonwoods, or just stick to the Elms, Oaks and Walnuts, or do I take wharever I can get?

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  2. raybonz

    raybonz Minister of Fire

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    If it was my choice I would take the hardwoods for sure.. For the same amount of effort you'll get more btu's.. I would save the lesser woods for campfires and maybe some kindling.. Around here we have lots of oak so softwood is not even a thought.. Am I a woodsnob? I guess you could say that but I have better options available.. Maybe you should take some lower btu wood for the milder part of the heat season..

    Ray
  3. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    When there is more than you need, take the best and leave the rest. If you can use it though, just take it all.
  4. jnthuskers

    jnthuskers New Member

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    I was planning on using whatever I could get. I know it gonna be a mix of the different woods. I am kinda greetyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy.
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    Duetech Minister of Fire

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    It depends on your tastes and what you are looking for. Copy and past this link to your browser and it will give you a variety of woods with their btu ratings and weight. Personally I would go for the hard woods for the best out put but some people prefer the softer woods. http://www.chimneysweeponline.com/howood.htm
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    myzamboni Minister of Fire

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    Softwoods for quick startup and shoulder season. Hardwoods for the colder days

    It's funny, I just hit some oak in my pile (which is rare) and I think I still like burning pine better. Pine does not leave a heaping pile of coals and I can heat the house up from cold start faster (this is a big plus since I do not burn 24/7).
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    I appreciate all the come backs. This whole site is wealth of knowledge, and I thank everyone who contributes. Even those who are smart A@#$%^.
  8. bsruther

    bsruther Minister of Fire

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    Leave the cottonwood.
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    Bubbavh Feeling the Heat

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    Me too!! I like to mix it with a split or 2 of hardwood. Pine seems to burn and help everything else burn more completely. Much less ash with it!


    Back to the OP take it all but start with the dense heavy stuff.
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