So I had to have some trees taken down to run power lines to the building site for my new house. One evening my uncle and cousin came out to get a few loads of wood. While I was talking to them, they shared that they plan on burning the wood this season. My uncle has an old coal furnace he uses and my cousin an outdoor boiler. When I tried to tell them why this is not a good idea, they laughed and told me, "You take this wood thing way too serious". My uncle then went on to say that as long as you don't burn pine or bird cherry, you'll be fine. He points to a yellow birch tree and calls it bird cherry. He then said, "Bird cherry will put a fire out!" The next day, I was busy hauling what I had cut when I hear the sound of rounds hitting the bed of a pickup--not mine though. When the guy loading his pickup sees me, he drives up and asked if he could have some of the wood. He said that he just wanted a truck load for this winter, and would take anything as long as it was not pine! I was at such a loss for words, I just offered to help the guy load his truck. I did say that I appreciated him asking, even if he had already started to help himself. I'm still at a bit of a loss. I think I'll have a drink, burn some pine, then put the fire out with some bird cherry, and finally figure out why I helped a wood thief load his truck with my wood.