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Re: Whats Your Big 3 of Firewood?
« Reply #40 on: January 29, 2014, 05:05:10 PM »
There are lots of BTU/species lists out there, but that ChimneySweeponline is one of the better ones.  Some lists are compiled form a bunch of different sources. The problem is, most don't even bother to check the conditions under which the sources were rated (moisture content, for example). ChimneySweep did some extensive checking and adjusting to compensate for different sources using different testing conditions.
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Re: Whats Your Big 3 of Firewood?
« Reply #41 on: January 29, 2014, 06:36:18 PM »
That's an awesome chart beenthere. ;D I see my ironwood (O. virginiana) is right up near the top.  8)
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Re: Whats Your Big 3 of Firewood?
« Reply #42 on: January 29, 2014, 08:02:08 PM »
Amongst the New Zealand natives, Puriri is super hot and very long lasting but hard to find a good supply.  Rata is the same sort of thing, most common good firewood is Manuka or Kanuka.

In the non native category, I like Tasmanian Blackwood and some of the eucalypts
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Re: Whats Your Big 3 of Firewood?
« Reply #43 on: January 29, 2014, 09:24:30 PM »
1. Dry 2. Wet 3. Punky- My OWB is not at all picky, neither am I as long as it burns all night and still has some coals when I load it up in the morning. I usually just grab firewood every night when I get done with work. Right now I am burning green Red Maple, Paper Birch and a little Green Ash. Dead standing Jack Pine and Black Spruce are a couple I like to burn, they make way less ash than the hardwoods. Tamarack is good too, but it needs to dry a year. This is all for an OWB, things would change for a woodstove or fireplace.
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Re: Whats Your Big 3 of Firewood?
« Reply #44 on: January 30, 2014, 09:00:18 PM »
Along with anything dry, Black birch has become one of my favorites. burns long in my OWB and burns hot.

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Re: Whats Your Big 3 of Firewood?
« Reply #45 on: January 30, 2014, 11:00:44 PM »
beech, hickory and maple. most anything that's a hardwood and already dead on the ground will do for me. I even like a little bit of popple for my cook stove... nice fast hot fire

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Re: Whats Your Big 3 of Firewood?
« Reply #46 on: January 31, 2014, 05:30:50 AM »
Mom's uncle would burn popple (aspen) in his kitchen stove. Had a woodshed stuffed with it and lots of big popple on the farm to fill it with. My uncle would haul it for him in the spring with the horse and sled. Gave both of them something to do for awhile and exercised the horse. :D :)
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Re: Whats Your Big 3 of Firewood?
« Reply #47 on: January 31, 2014, 06:06:47 AM »
Popple also works well for getting a hot quick fire on the reload after a draw off the the maple evap. Do they use popple veneer for cabinet work?

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Re: Whats Your Big 3 of Firewood?
« Reply #48 on: January 31, 2014, 06:08:58 AM »
Most common, Radiata Pine. Not because it's good firewood, just because it's the most common tree.

Better, Monterey cypress. Grows huge, and often pretty ugly. If it's not worth milling a 4 ft dia log has a LOT of firewood in it.

Premium. Eucalyptus or Manuka. Denser hardwoods.  Manuka is a small scrubby sort of tree that a "first coloniser" of neglected pasture. Only grows to ~20ft tall and maybe 6" dia, but it burns HOT. Also makes good smoking wood and the honey from it's flowers gets a premium.

Gold is an old Rata log. This is an interesting tree. It starts as an epiphyte in a larger tree, but eventually sends down it's own roots to the ground. After a few hundred years the original tree dies, and the "vine" is left standing as a tree in it's own right. Again, a very dense hardwood and the "vines" could be a couple of feet across.  The tree isn't really rare, but finding one that you can legally cut down is an issue.

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Re: Whats Your Big 3 of Firewood?
« Reply #49 on: January 31, 2014, 01:35:03 PM »
Oak, soft maple and popple. However I sure wish I could find more cherry, it burns hot and smells nice to boot!
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Re: Whats Your Big 3 of Firewood?
« Reply #50 on: January 31, 2014, 01:48:35 PM »
Along with anything dry, Black birch has become one of my favorites. burns long in my OWB and burns hot.

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  I'm glad to hear about the black birch, I've got a bunch and my forester just told me I should get rid of most of it.
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Re: Whats Your Big 3 of Firewood?
« Reply #51 on: January 31, 2014, 02:20:40 PM »
I consider black birch as valuable for heat as yellow birch. According to the numbers it's a little better for heat numbers. So don't throw away your black birch. :)
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Re: Whats Your Big 3 of Firewood?
« Reply #52 on: January 31, 2014, 02:25:26 PM »
Besides, it smells great when you are cutting it.
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Re: Whats Your Big 3 of Firewood?
« Reply #53 on: January 31, 2014, 04:17:43 PM »
Pacific Yew when I could get it, burns all night, rekindles easily just knocking the chunks together as long as there is a glimmer of a hot coal. Then Doug-fir, readily available, unseasoned heartwood easy to keep going. Lastly, whatever I bring home from a camping trip!

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Re: Whats Your Big 3 of Firewood?
« Reply #54 on: February 01, 2014, 03:47:27 PM »
If it was only three species, I would have to say hop hornbeam, black locust and black birch.  The first two because they burn so hot and the last because it's still a great firewood but smells great when you cut it.

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Re: Whats Your Big 3 of Firewood?
« Reply #55 on: February 01, 2014, 04:02:26 PM »
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Re: Whats Your Big 3 of Firewood?
« Reply #56 on: February 01, 2014, 04:49:02 PM »
  How long to season the black birch compared to red oak?
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Re: Whats Your Big 3 of Firewood?
« Reply #57 on: February 01, 2014, 09:13:35 PM »
Pacific madrone, burns long, good heat and low ash, next Douglas fir, a consistent starter and good heat value pound for pound probably as good as oak, IMO, but splits easier. Lastly, big leaf maple. Good firewood, just need to season well prior to use. 
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Re: Whats Your Big 3 of Firewood?
« Reply #58 on: February 02, 2014, 06:21:30 PM »
Douglas fir, a consistent starter and good heat value pound for pound probably as good as oak,

"Pound-for-pound" just about every species in North America has the same heat value (some species with high pitch content are slightly higher).  It's the heat content per unit of volume that varies, due to the density of the wood.
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« Reply #59 on: February 02, 2014, 08:56:53 PM »
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