Show Us Your Uglies!

Caw

Member
May 26, 2020
77
Massachusetts
It's that time of year....ugly time! I dragged in a couple bags of poplar/butternut uglies this morning. What are you burning this shoulder season?

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Caw

Member
May 26, 2020
77
Massachusetts
Thats not ugly, that what I normally burn ;)
Sane for me. Looks like a regular stack.
Hmm not the best picture I guess lol. Most of these pieces are either way too short, have a strange knot, or are curved.

I try to use whatever softwood/weird stuff I have gathered this time of year. Usually poplar. The logs are so light I feel like I could chuck one over them mountains. ==c
 

Isaac Carlson

Feeling the Heat
Nov 19, 2012
433
NW Wisconsin
I don't end up with many pieces that won't stack. The ones that are odd get burned first or used in the outdoor fire.
 

fbelec

Minister of Fire
Nov 23, 2005
2,888
Massachusetts
montanalocal that's more like a ugly pile. that's what i have been burning for about a week. i'm lucky i have a huge firebox i just thru in 4 pieces like that plus 2 regular size. those ugly pieces burn long. i thru them in at 12:30 and the stove will be hot at 7:00 tomorrow
 

Woody5506

Minister of Fire
Feb 14, 2017
814
Rochester NY
I've learned to just throw them in the camp fire stack. I hate trying to keep regular rows neat and tidy if theres a bunch of knotty, twisty or short uglies mixed in.
 

peakbagger

Minister of Fire
Jul 11, 2008
5,633
Northern NH
Since I switched over to Beech for my wood supply, I have gotten use to stacking and burning more uglies. Beech stems are usually good straight wood but a fair share of crotches and the crowns are usually full of kinks and twists. My rule is is gets cut if its 2" of over.
 

johneh

Minister of Fire
Dec 19, 2009
3,125
Eastern Ontario
I guess every year for the last 41 all I have ever had is ugly wood
according to the OPs photo.
The only good thing is they have never failed to heat my home
I guess he prefers designer splits. Guess I was never a firewood snob (LOL):)
 
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Caw

Member
May 26, 2020
77
Massachusetts
Haha. I suppose so, Gucci splits. I had a good spring of hardwood splitting so those are my uglies. All the truly gnarly stuff goes in the fire pit. Only brand name splits for my baby.

The one downside to all this poplar is it burns faaaaast. 3-4 hrs max when fully shut down. It was free though so it works out well for shoulder season.

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Air fully shut down poplar inferno! :ZZZ
 
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peakbagger

Minister of Fire
Jul 11, 2008
5,633
Northern NH
I knew an old timer that made some bucks caretaking a rich couples camp in Maine years ago. It was an old camp and the only one on a small pond. The owners might visit 2 weeks a year but they paid him to keep it stocked and ready in case they wanted to come up from Philadelphia. They had wood stove and wood cook stove and they paid him to stock the wood boxes with perfect dry uniform wood. It had to be split and have a trace of bark on it but it had to be uniform size and length. They didnt want the wood to get old, so they paid him to replace the wood in the spring with new seasoned wood. It was cash and they paid well so he put up with their idiosyncrasies. The wife made the requests and the husband paid for it.
 
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Montanalocal

Feeling the Heat
Dec 22, 2014
403
Helena MT
These are true "uglies" . . . but they'll still keep you toasty warm at night, right?
Yes they most certainly will. We do not have any native hardwoods around here, so the urban boulevard planted Green Ash are the only hardwoods we have. I have an agreement with a local tree trimmer to call me when he has a Green Ash to cut. Unfortunately, because someone else is cutting it up, there are a lot of shorts and uglies. However, that really does not matter a whole lot to me. I will take what I can get, and save it for cold overnight burns.
 
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andym

Member
Feb 6, 2020
233
Hicksville, Ohio
Here's what I'm throwing in the wood furnace tonight. I suspect it's ash, but really can't tell anymore! I had about 1/4-1/2 cord of this stuff. I'm actually surprised at how much heat it provides. Even keeps coals longer than I expected. Works nice for this warmer weather. But indeed it is kinda ugly!
 

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begreen

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Staff member
Nov 18, 2005
85,094
South Puget Sound, WA
We've pretty much burned up all our uglies for this season. Now we're into good firewood.
 

MoDoug

Burning Hunk
Feb 3, 2018
138
NE Missouri
Does ugly on the inside count? I cut down what I thought was going to be a good oak, my first clue was when the saw cut through it way too fast. It was hollow for about 12 feet..... I felt jipped.. on the plus side I enjoy burning hollow logs inside out in the outdoor fire pit.
 

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