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You are now only allowed two types of wood - pick them..

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by CarbonNeutral, Dec 18, 2009.

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  1. CarbonNeutral

    CarbonNeutral Minister of Fire

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    I have a reasonably good range of species to burn - it got me thinking, if I only was 'allowed' two, for whatever reason - what would they be?

    From my experiences so far (which are limited) I think I would go for hemlock - low ash, quick to get fire up to temperature, good to build base for my next choice: Locust - low moisture to begin with, long overnight burn, easy to split.

    I've been burning a lot of maple, but far too much ash to make it to my choice of two..

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  2. boostnut

    boostnut Member

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    Locust and ash.
  3. jdscj8

    jdscj8 Member

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    Out of all mine i would say hedge (burns real hot and for a long,long time) and ash (ashs great and calms the hedge down). JD
  4. ROBERT F

    ROBERT F Minister of Fire

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    My two kinds would have to be "free" and "dry" :cheese:
  5. CarbonNeutral

    CarbonNeutral Minister of Fire

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    Ah, but you're screwed now - I'm counting those as separate species, so you have free wood that's wet, and dry wood you paid for. And because it's 'my' thread, I saying the free wood will never dry. So there.. :)
  6. basswidow

    basswidow Minister of Fire

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    here in northern jersey, seems to be alot of cherry. I like it. Seasons well and burns well.

    !) Oak
    2) Cherry
  7. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Hickory and maple.
    or
    White Oak and Ash
    or
    Osage and maple.
  8. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    ash and beech
  9. Stevebass4

    Stevebass4 Minister of Fire

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    ash and oak
  10. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa Minister of Fire

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    Is this based on fantasy or on what is easily obtainable? Based on availability, I choose Ash first and Birch second. If fantasy, dunno...
  11. rdust

    rdust Minister of Fire

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    Ash and any Oak
  12. CarbonNeutral

    CarbonNeutral Minister of Fire

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    I picked two that I have in my pile, but yes, if fantasy, I don't know what I should choose - ash by the looks of the results so far.. Maybe a 'coal tree'
  13. Danno77

    Danno77 Minister of Fire

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    Black locust and black walnut.
    once you go black, you never go back.
  14. CarbonNeutral

    CarbonNeutral Minister of Fire

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    I admit it, I chortled.
  15. billb3

    billb3 Minister of Fire

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    Until this year I never kept mine seperate beyond hardwood and </<white pine>>.
    So a little of this and a little of that is what I've always burned. If it was dry and fit it went in. (except for those that were too long and came back out)


    I've burned pine seperate. Pine ash seems a bit <<fluffier>>.



    Never really mattered to me which wood had a bit more ash. Had to be shovelled out regardless.
    Usually sometime before there was more ash in there than firewood. :)
  16. Bigg_Redd

    Bigg_Redd Minister of Fire

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    Doug Fir and Western Red Cedar (for kindling)
  17. ikessky

    ikessky Minister of Fire

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  18. backpack09

    backpack09 Minister of Fire

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    pine and spruce.
  19. peterc38

    peterc38 Feeling the Heat

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    Based on local availability here I'd say:

    1.) Sugar maple
    2.) Red Oak
  20. JustWood

    JustWood Minister of Fire

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    Hard Maple
    White Oak
    Been burning about 90% beech for the last 6-8 years but only because it's plentiful and easy pickens. Does make great heat but I prefer H Maple and W Oak.
  21. daveswoodhauler

    daveswoodhauler Minister of Fire

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    Maple and oak for me.....maples splits real easy and lights up fast. (Don't have too much Ash around here)
    Oak is nice..takes longer to season, but I got time.
    A runner up would be beech
  22. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    Ash and sugar maple
  23. quads

    quads Minister of Fire

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    Someday maybe I'll burn something I like even better, but so far my two favorite wood types list is: Choke Cherry and Bur Oak.
  24. CowboyAndy

    CowboyAndy New Member

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    in fantasy land i would go with hickory and sugar maple.

    in the real world, based upon avalibility, abundance, ease of splitting and burning uses i would go with sugar maple and pine or possibly ash.
  25. joshlaugh

    joshlaugh New Member

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    ash and bitternut hickory
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