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Dmitry

Minister of Fire
Oct 4, 2014
985
CT
Ever source dropped it. What is it ?

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Lakeside

Minister of Fire
Feb 6, 2009
590
Mike's World
Yellow Birch, never used it for firewood yet. Get it split and stacked ASAP.
 

Dmitry

Minister of Fire
Oct 4, 2014
985
CT
Is it good to burn? Can’t find BTU info ?
 

Dmitry

Minister of Fire
Oct 4, 2014
985
CT
Hm , like red oak , doesn’t feel that hard when cutting . Doing it now
 

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Dmitry

Minister of Fire
Oct 4, 2014
985
CT
Can it be something else ? Cutting is way too easy . Or may be I finally learn how to sharpen the chain
 

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hickoryhoarder

Minister of Fire
Apr 5, 2013
602
Indiana
Those are good photos. So I have a kind of clear opinion -- yellow birch.

I love yellow birch, as did the beavers who lived near my cabin the UP, when I did some work for the University of Michigan.

I would not expect it to feel real tough to cut. On the other hand, my intuition is it'd make pretty good firewood.
 
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peakbagger

Minister of Fire
Jul 11, 2008
6,218
Northern NH
Yellow Birch can sometimes smell like peppermint when green and being cut. Great wood.
 

CincyBurner

Minister of Fire
Mar 10, 2015
580
SW Ohio
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Dmitry

Minister of Fire
Oct 4, 2014
985
CT
Not yet. I have kinetic super split. Should be ok with storage wood
 
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MongoMongoson

Member
Feb 6, 2021
86
Wisconsin
I was hiking last weekend in the UP, looking at some monster yellow birches in the Sylvania Wilderness.

I have observed, at least with my saw, that some of the best wood which is really hard and dense can be easier to cut than softer wood so you can't use the relative ease of cutting to judge the wood's potential as firewood.

I can whip through a 20" green hickory but if I cut some stringy old dry (but solid) ash, it takes a lot more effort.
Cutting anything green is generally easier.
 
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hawkeye4771

Member
Dec 3, 2009
40
western NY
Yellow Birch is a real good firewood plus it smells soooooo goooood as it's burning! Quite often in the winter I'll make a cup of hot chocolate or hot cider and go sit on the patio bundled up just to smell that Yellow birch burning and I sip my hot drink. About the time I'm done with my drink the cold will be setting in and it'll be time to go back inside but for that 20-30 minutes it's one of lifes little pleasures. Cold damp dreary days is when the smoke will drift back down to the ground so that's when it's best to smell whatever wood you have burning inside.
 

PA. Woodsman

Minister of Fire
Feb 26, 2007
2,195
Emmaus, Pennsylvania
Many years ago we were on vacation in Vermont and behind a motel they had cut up a Yellow Birch into rounds. I have never seen it here in PA. so I asked the motel manager if it would be possible to take a round home so I could experience what it was like, and they said "yes, okay". That burned really well, nice wood and I hardly ever see it yet here in PA.

I had the wife's Rav 4 and put the round in the back, and we could hear it rolling around and she said "if that breaks any of the gifts that I bought I'll pound you!" but I got lucky it didn't do any harm lol!!!