Sassafras more than root beer?

Jamison

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Jan 1, 2011
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Outside of Philly
Hi everyone, I have 2 large sassafras trees that are pretty much dead-- need to cut them down, and I'm thinking might make good wood to split and use in my wood stoves. From what I've read on line, it's not the best wood for heat value. Anyone have any experience with sassafras? Thanks much guys and gals
 
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Tar12

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Dec 9, 2016
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Indiana
No its not the best btu firewood...but it will indeed burn and make good shoulder season wood...if I put a saw to its getting burned either by its self or mixed...I also burn less than ideal stuff on the weekends when I am home to conserve my good stuff.
 
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hickoryhoarder

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Apr 5, 2013
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Indiana
I'd like to try it some time. Around here it has the reputation of being a chimney cleaner -- burns real hot. It is not real highly rated in BTUs.
 

woodisfun

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Mar 25, 2021
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Virginia
It sure is nice smelling to cut! So-so at best for heat, easy splitting, and light. Mine seemed to pop and toss sparks a good bit if that matters to you. It can be used to make some nice kitchen utensils.
 

stoveliker

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Nov 17, 2019
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Eastern Long Island NY
I like it. Burned half a face cord this season. Goes a bit fast, but nice and hot. Good for burning down coals or helping light up a load that won't light easily.
 

Jamison

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Jan 1, 2011
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Thanks to everyone for their input. Based on all your recommendations, I'll give it a try! Unfortunately, I'm in eastern PA and today the temp will be in the 70's! Thanks again everyone
 

patrickk222

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Mar 28, 2021
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alderson wv
from what ive always been told is that when dry burns kinda like paper and splits pretty easy to id figure that prob lasts a little longer than poplar
 

stoveliker

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Nov 17, 2019
696
Eastern Long Island NY
from what ive always been told is that when dry burns kinda like paper and splits pretty easy to id figure that prob lasts a little longer than poplar
Yes, splits the easiest from any and all wood I've ever split. In my 2.9 cu ft fire box I get overnight burns of 12-15 hrs if I run it (cat stove) low. Not too shabby for a light wood.
 
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Caw

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May 26, 2020
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Massachusetts
Yes, splits the easiest from any and all wood I've ever split. In my 2.9 cu ft fire box I get overnight burns of 12-15 hrs if I run it (car stove) low. Not too shabby for a light wood.
Oooooh a car stove that sounds fun. What model did you choose?

;lol
 

stoveliker

Minister of Fire
Nov 17, 2019
696
Eastern Long Island NY
Oooooh a car stove that sounds fun. What model did you choose?

;lol
D*mn autocorrect... (or big fingers...?)
And there I am trying to avoid mentioning the model lest @Caw accuses me of being a fanboy - but then he is asking for it....

But the point is that when the stove allows good control, one can burn it slow and then the duration of the fire/load is only dependent on the weight out in the box, not the wood species.

Splits easy, dries fast. Good wood in my book.
 
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TradEddie

Minister of Fire
Jan 24, 2012
928
SE PA
The wood is also extremely rot resistant and long straight branches are excellent for laying as runners under a woodstack.
In case you don't already know, homemade sassafras extracts are carcinogenic, commercial products have the carcinogen removed.

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