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Re: Whats Your Big 3 of Firewood?
« Reply #140 on: March 13, 2021, 11:32:11 AM »
My big three for firewood is Hedge, Hedge and of course more Hedge  {Osage Orange}
I suppose you have rows, rows, & of course more rows of Hedge.
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Re: Whats Your Big 3 of Firewood?
« Reply #141 on: March 14, 2021, 07:27:36 AM »
Ash, hickory and red oak. I also like beech and black birch.

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Re: Whats Your Big 3 of Firewood?
« Reply #142 on: March 14, 2021, 10:07:22 AM »
Larch, Doug fir and lodgepole.  its not much, but its what i have.

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Re: Whats Your Big 3 of Firewood?
« Reply #143 on: March 14, 2021, 04:15:50 PM »
I'll say Honey Locust, Hophornbeam and mulberry. Realisticly, any decent BTU value wood. Any wood gets a better rating as it gets closer to the stove. My stove is in a large basement and I'll bring green wood in in October and November; I can burn it by mid-late winter. So if it's inside by December it's all good, just some better'n others. I've cut many spruce and pine by my house. Dropped one just out the sliding glass doors to a walk-in basement. Where do you think that wood ended up?

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Re: Whats Your Big 3 of Firewood?
« Reply #144 on: March 14, 2021, 08:13:31 PM »
I can only choose 3???  

I guess my favorite was sugar maple, but only in a large butt log that's easy to split.  Burning the rounds and knot pieces wasn't super fun in my small stove.

#2 Has to be black cherry.  Somewhat fast burning, but it makes the outside smell so nice and makes such a nice bed of coals.

#3 Is Red Oak.  Good all around wood that's easy to split, not too hard to light.  I hate the smell though.  Need to burn it hot to mitigate that aspect.

Close 4th would be any of Walnut, Yellow Birch, G/W/B Ash, White Oak, Red Elm, Honey locust (the urban thornless cultivar), and strangely Black Spruce.  ( like the way it pops and burns with a bright yellow/white flame to light up the sauna).  Everything else is just mutt wood filler, and unfortunately mostly what I end up burning here on the edge of the prairie since "my" woodlot decided to grow a subdivision instead of saw timber and BTUS.  So bad some years even Box elder makes the wood pile as I'm forced to scrounge what I can get instead of picking the logging leftovers and doing TSI thinning for free firewood.
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Re: Whats Your Big 3 of Firewood?
« Reply #145 on: March 14, 2021, 09:19:21 PM »
I grew up feeding cows corn silage and Red Oak reminds me of that smell, not offensive. It's one of those odors that smell bad if you don't know what it is, but not offensive when you do.

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Re: Whats Your Big 3 of Firewood?
« Reply #146 on: March 15, 2021, 12:43:17 PM »
It's not the smell of red oak wood.  It kind of reminds me of crabapple mash from making wine :laugh:.  It's the acrid smoke I don't like.  As prevailing winds carry it into my wood processing area when I'm cooking maple sap and processing next year's firewood, I tend not to use any of it for the syrup boiler.  Burns nice in the sauna though, especially split small and well dried.  I usually put next sauna's wood on the top bench and let it kiln dry a little bit as the sauna dries out after use, then burn it when things are almost up to operating temperature to drive in and maintain that good 190F+ temp.
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Re: Whats Your Big 3 of Firewood?
« Reply #147 on: March 15, 2021, 02:13:50 PM »
Best Firewoods

1. Ash (most available heat for free right now)
2. Cherry (best heat for the money around my parts)
3. Beech (splits easy nice big logs good heat)

Not a fan:  Yellow Birch - rots too fast in the pile with a ton of ashes when burning.
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Re: Whats Your Big 3 of Firewood?
« Reply #148 on: March 17, 2021, 06:33:47 AM »
Mulberry is a second cousin to hedge ,it burns good .However the female plants when they berry out seems to be a favorite of starlings .Those pests gorge themselves on ripe berrys then make practice bombing runs on your freshly washed automobile with very good accuracy .--choot em 'lizbeth . :D

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Re: Whats Your Big 3 of Firewood?
« Reply #149 on: March 17, 2021, 06:42:53 AM »
I'm not sure about red oak but the saw dust from a table saw causes me to get in a sneezing fit, eyes water etc .You can cut into a creosote treated railroad tie that laid under a track for 40 years and still smell  it .

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Re: Whats Your Big 3 of Firewood?
« Reply #150 on: March 17, 2021, 08:20:16 AM »
Oak is so plentiful around here and have to factor in the split. 
Red Oak
Chestnut Oak
White Oak.

If I was buying and had choice ?
Black Locust 
Shagbark Hickory 
White Oak.

I've burnt plenty of Hedge but it's not worth mentioning due to harvest time.....yes it's hot.

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Re: Whats Your Big 3 of Firewood?
« Reply #151 on: March 17, 2021, 03:04:52 PM »
Red oak smells like vomit when it's being processed.  IMHO  ;D :) :)
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Re: Whats Your Big 3 of Firewood?
« Reply #152 on: March 17, 2021, 06:53:51 PM »
It reminds of hog manure but not quite as pungent .Kind of a parfum -de- swine .Reeks a little bit more if it's wet from rain .
Speaking of red I'm afraid I'm going to need to slice a big log because it's going to degrade before I get it milled ,I had good intentions but it didn't happen . 

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Re: Whats Your Big 3 of Firewood?
« Reply #153 on: March 18, 2021, 05:21:45 AM »
I've switched my mix to aspen, maple, and fir, since I have 40 ac of it to thin and the thinnings are going in the stove. I've got the first 4 ac done now. Should be done in 15 years to sell mature wood for real $$.  ;D

Maple left for a few months smells like cow manure, that nice fermented smell. ;D
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Re: Whats Your Big 3 of Firewood?
« Reply #154 on: March 18, 2021, 10:16:11 AM »
Elm and sumac have an unpleasant odor as well. 

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Re: Whats Your Big 3 of Firewood?
« Reply #155 on: March 18, 2021, 11:26:16 AM »
Maybe somebody already said it but my three favorite are Dry, Dry, and Dry.

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Re: Whats Your Big 3 of Firewood?
« Reply #156 on: March 18, 2021, 12:20:21 PM »
Black locust and white ash because they're plentiful here and can burn almost immediately. And for a third id have to say ironwood just because of the BTU's. Looking at what people burn in other areas I feel blessed lol.
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Re: Whats Your Big 3 of Firewood?
« Reply #157 on: March 19, 2021, 07:06:19 AM »
 Looking at what people burn in other areas I feel blessed 
Yes, I feel the same way. The Northeast US has many different species of hardwood trees. In fact, it is one of the most diverse areas in the world.

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Re: Whats Your Big 3 of Firewood?
« Reply #158 on: March 19, 2021, 12:04:18 PM »
Larch, Doug fir and lodgepole.  its not much, but its what i have.
At least you get Larch :D I am up to my ears in Lodgepole, and I have access to Doug Fir. I got to burn some white oak this year when I acquired some Oak cribbing and that stuff is great! But, I have thousands of cords of dead, dry, and decent Lodgepole.
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Re: Whats Your Big 3 of Firewood?
« Reply #159 on: March 20, 2021, 10:03:27 PM »
Al Smith, About the Mulberry and starlings, yeah that's bad. It ain't pretty when they've been eating buckthorn berries or grapes either.


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