Buzzing sound in firewood

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Wildflush

Feeling the Heat
Dec 27, 2022
470
MA
In February I was doing my typical top down fire with two small chunks N/S as sleepers and two larger splits E/W. Three smaller diagonal splits on top with some kindling and pinecones to get things started. After if got going a bit I heard buzzing in the wood from one of the larger splits. I shut the door. I was surprised since I thought it sounded like a bee or carpenter bee and could it be wintering over. Never heard that sound before even in the stoves we had in my folks house.
 

Wildflush

Feeling the Heat
Dec 27, 2022
470
MA
aliens,bees who knows could be the hot air vibrating some bark ,like when you blow through a leaf,or maybe wood had gas
You are hilarious should do stand up :rolleyes:
 

Isaac Carlson

Minister of Fire
Nov 19, 2012
1,131
NW Wisconsin
We get bugs once in a while. My wife found a pretty moth last month when starting the fire. It died from smoke before she could grab it.
We get the occasional bee or bettle.
 

Woody Stover

Minister of Fire
Dec 25, 2010
13,121
Southern IN
Yeah, I've heard that noise before when processing wood. Never did find out what bug was in there, though..
 

stoveliker

Minister of Fire
Nov 17, 2019
7,261
Long Island NY
That's a cross between cicada and katydid?
 
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gthomas785

Minister of Fire
Feb 8, 2020
1,091
Central MA
Sometimes as the wood heats up it will offgas and make weird noises as the pressure escapes through the wood grain. I've heard whistling, screeching, buzzing, hissing, and of course the familiar crackling/popping noises to mention a few.
 

EatenByLimestone

Moderator
Staff member
Carpenter bees lay their eggs soon. They hatch out in fall and then find a spot to overwinter. I wouldn’t be surprised if 1 chose firewood. Being inside and warming up could wake it.
 

Wildflush

Feeling the Heat
Dec 27, 2022
470
MA
Carpenter bees lay their eggs soon. They hatch out in fall and then find a spot to overwinter. I wouldn’t be surprised if 1 chose firewood. Being inside and warming up could wake it.
That’s it. I see carpenter bees going into some of my splits with holes on the end. It was definitely a bee sound not off gassing. Thanks
 

Woody Stover

Minister of Fire
Dec 25, 2010
13,121
Southern IN
That’s it. I see carpenter bees going into some of my splits with holes on the end. It was definitely a bee sound not off gassing. Thanks
I don't recall seeing a hole that big in any wood where I heard the buzzing, so it might be something else in my case..