Best and worst firewood for campground and outside fires

coutufr Posted By coutufr, Aug 2, 2019 at 12:39 PM

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  1. coutufr

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    Please share your best and worst firewood for outdoor fires.
     
  2. paulnlee

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    When we were into camping there was nothing to compare to the aroma of cherry.
     
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  3. mass_burner

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    Cedar will pop and maybe land in someone's lap.

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  4. SpaceBus

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    I find the pops and cinders to be exciting.
     
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  5. begreen

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    The worst wood is wet wood. If it's nice and dry almost anything will work. For the quickest starting fire, a softwood like pine will take off faster.
     
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  6. mass_burner

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    just get waivers beforehand.

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  7. EatenByLimestone

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    Best is free. Worst us stuff you have to pay for.
     
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  8. firefighterjake

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    I pretty much burn my chunks, punks and uglies . . . with a heavy preference on the pine, poplar, cedar, etc.
     
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  9. walhondingnashua

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    Same here. As I'm splitting and stacking, I throw anything that I don't want to burn in the house off to the side and burn it up in my fire pit.
     
  10. mellow

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    Pine works great for me, can get it for free as people view it as junk wood around here and it burns hot and doesn't need seasoning if bark is falling off.
     
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  11. EatenByLimestone

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    Pine is wonderful. I burn all I can get ahold of. Of course, all the wood I get ahold of is eventually burnt.
     
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  12. xman23

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    I burn everything that is to punkey to go into the wood pile. Never split any of it, When it's hot a 12 inch round burns fine.
     
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  13. semipro

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    I find that they put holes in my plastic clothing, sleeping bags, tents, etc. which does excite me greatly.
    Big bonfires are a major social event where we live so I always wear cotton-based clothes like Carhartt to those now.
     
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  14. EatenByLimestone

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    What kind of plastic clothing do you wear?
     
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  15. semipro

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    Nylon, polyester, Goretex, acrylic, PVC. Most clothes, and especially outerwear, contain some plastics.
     
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  16. semipro

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    My immediate idea for a response to your question though was more like this:
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  17. EatenByLimestone

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    Lol. Was trying to get the mental image burned into my brain of Saran wrap clothing out.
     
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  18. semipro

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    That's limited to the solstice and equinox bonfires.
     
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  19. EatenByLimestone

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    Lol
     
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