Favorite Wood

woodsHAM Posted By woodsHAM, Nov 15, 2015 at 1:41 PM

  1. woodsHAM

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    Just curious to see what other's favorite type of wood is. My own would have to be beech , it's plentiful where I live, burns hot and clean , lives little to no mess from the bark and seasons quickly. Hard maple is right up there as well for me.
     
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  2. claydogg84

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    Sugar Maple.
     
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  3. TheAardvark

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  4. HisTreeNut

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    The world may end by me writing this, but I have some seasoned pine that I am liking a lot right now, Burns clean, hot, and lasted a surprisingly long time on a half load.
    I have some black birch that was smelling nice the other night when I got home from work.
    That being said, maple or applewood would be the absolute favorite...
     
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  5. Knots

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    I like oak when it's dry, but I'm liking beech more and more. The oak on my wood lot has commercial value, but the beech really doesn't. I like the thin bark. The only thing I don't like is all the branches that have to be trimmed off the trunk.
     
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  6. Starstuff

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    Good question, and I think people should take into account all factors and not just the burn quality/seasoning time: ease of splitting, average trunk thickness (you can have too much of a good thing), etc., ease of processing from alive and standing to stacked in the pile.

    For me, I like Ash. The trunks are tall and straight and don't get to an unmanageable size. Not a lot of limbs or knots. Doesn't tend to be too heavy and has a relatively low moisture content. Splits ridiculously easy and seasons fast. Burns great and lots of BTUs.
     
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  7. woodsHAM

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    Ash is another favorite and also thick in the woods in my area
     
  8. Rebelduckman

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    White oak
    Red oak
    Cherry
     
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  9. Beer Belly

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    Definitely Ash.....Cherry and Maple too
     
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  10. BIGDADDY

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    Oak also locust
     
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  11. PA. Woodsman

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    Free and dry is at the top of my list ;lol :cool: :p

    Hard to pick a favorite, so many good ones here in Eastern PA., very fortunate and blessed with a great variety.
     
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  12. ohiojoe13

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    I'm new to burning but I like cherry and ash.
     
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  13. xman23

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    Oak, it's most of what I burn.
     
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  14. BamaScroungr

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    applewood, persimmon and osage (I enjoy the fireworks)
     
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  15. Cburke

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    I'd have to say beech and oak are my too 2.
     
  16. drz1050

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    I've been splitting a bunch of beech lately.. splitting it kinda on the small side - 4" or so to hopefully have it ready by next winter. Haven't burned it yet, but all these posts about it being a favorite make me happy. :)
     
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  17. woodsHAM

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    Beech bark disease is killing alot of the beech around me, i cut a fair amount of dead standing from it. Its a shame though, Theres fewer things more beautiful than walking through a beech flat during hunting season but no need to let such a great source of heat lay and rot !
     
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  18. firefighterjake

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    Seasoned.

    As for picking a favorite . . . that's like asking a father to choose his favorite child -- they're all special and great . . . just in different ways . . . even that red headed step child named Pine. ;)
     
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  19. TedyOH

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    I love beech, I get a lot of nice secondary colors from it, easy to split and burns hot, what more could you want?!
     
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  20. splions

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    Black Birch
     
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  21. littleuing

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    Really liked the little bit of apple i had.. But my normal is mix of cherry and black locust.
     
  22. iluvjazznjava

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    Western Larch - best non-hardwood firewood and plentiful where I live.
     
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  23. mwhitnee

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    I haven't burned many varieties but I'm really liking the cherry I'm burning now.
     
  24. Iatrapper

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    White or Burr oak for its burning quality, some can be a pain splitting and the bark can be messy. We got a Lota hickory around too. Do love the smell of cherry the most though
     
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  25. Paulywalnut

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    I could burn locust and ash or hard maple combo forever.
     
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