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Yellow Birch for firewood
« on: March 25, 2022, 05:06:36 PM »
I have not burned much yellow birch, there is not much of it on the farm. Next year I'll be burning a good amount. I had a yb tree that was never going to produce a saw log so I made it firewood.


 

 
About a week after the above pictures were taken I came back and cut it down and cut it up.


 
I got maybe 1/4-1/3 of a cord and it will all be burned in my basement stove. According to a chart I googled up, yellow birch produces the same amount of BTU's as ash which is just slightly less than red oak. I have it all split and stacked in the barn but I can tell you, it doesn't split very easily.

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Re: Yellow Birch for firewood
« Reply #1 on: March 25, 2022, 05:46:16 PM »
I was going to tell you about the hard splitting part, kinda like beech.  :o
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Re: Yellow Birch for firewood
« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2022, 09:03:02 PM »
Yes sir I burn a good bit of it and like it a lot, the splitting not so much but at least it isn't elm  ??? It will maybe rot sort of fast like red maple or gray birch if you don't deal with it quick enough but doesn't seem like something you need to worry about!

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Re: Yellow Birch for firewood
« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2022, 09:45:40 PM »
It doesn't rot nearly as quickly as white birch. We have tons of white birch up here, but yellow birch isn't nearly as common. I had a few logs I'd save to saw, but as they dried a bit I saw they had ring shake so I never sawed them. They probably sat there for 4 years before I ran them through the processor, and I was surprised that it was still completely solid. White birch would've been mush by then.
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Re: Yellow Birch for firewood
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2022, 04:58:18 PM »
Smells great when it burns. We used to tow a travel trailer from Maine to Sinaloa Mexico and camp on the beach along the Pacific Ocean. I'd bring some yellow birch for campfires - the smoke smelled magical compared to the coconut tree wood and other local species which all were acrid and nasty. It splits easily unless there's disease or some other issue with the grain. Like white birch the bark prevents the wood from drying properly so it needs to be split sooner rather than later. It's my perception that there's more heat content than white birch.
We have a hutch constructed from yellow birch - it came out very nice and looks attractive.

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Re: Yellow Birch for firewood
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2022, 06:50:53 AM »
Around here yellow birch is one of the best firewood you can get, I would says its near sugar maple. The smell of it is amazing but the splitting can be a nightmare ! :D The piece near a crotch will find the limit of your log splitter quite easily. When we were heating with firewood we burned a lot of it and sometime we needed to split it with a chainsaw. The log splitter wont split, an axe wont split it and even a sledge hammer with a wedge wont split it sometimes but it will keep you warm ! :)

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Re: Yellow Birch for firewood
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2022, 06:53:57 AM »
We had 4 wood splitters, Guy, Mike, Paul and Ray.  :D
But saying that we could move some wood. 
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Re: Yellow Birch for firewood
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2022, 07:03:05 AM »
Love yellow birch firewood. You carry a dry piece of yellow birch compared to dry white birch, and it's quite a bit heavier. Even grey birch seems heavier than white birch and it's just a weed. Like was mentioned it's twisty stuff to split, that's usually because we are splitting the junk trees. Straight grained yellow birch isn't bad, but split green. :D
I try to save as many birch as possible, white or yellow. If there is an area with sparse birch I even leave a crooked one, hopefully will seed in the area as I thin. ;D
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Re: Yellow Birch for firewood
« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2022, 07:19:22 AM »
Is this the same as my black birch, aka sweet birch? Very strong wintergreen in the bark?
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Re: Yellow Birch for firewood
« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2022, 07:37:29 AM »

@Don P 

No, this is a different species with golden yellow bark and also has wintergreen taste. b. alleghaniensis

Grey birch is a large shrub, looks like white birch but has tight bark and wiry limbs, glossy triangular leaves. Gets maybe 8" diameter. b. populifolia
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Re: Yellow Birch for firewood
« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2022, 01:22:44 PM »
We had 4 wood splitters, Guy, Mike, Paul and Ray.  :D
But saying that we could move some wood.
With a twisty yellow birch you will need the 4 of them   :D

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Re: Yellow Birch for firewood
« Reply #11 on: March 28, 2022, 02:53:33 PM »
It is one of our favorite woods to burn.Not much of a problem to split unless it is twisted.
It seems to be an indicator for a spring or at least water.Our main spring is surrounded by mature and juvenile yellow birch.
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Re: Yellow Birch for firewood
« Reply #12 on: March 28, 2022, 05:26:44 PM »
Yellow Birch is great firewood, the peppermint smell when fresh cut or split is quite noticeable. It also takes a lot of abuse and keeps growing so they tend to get left in the woods after a cut and keep growing. That means they can get big. Our pulpmill would get some monsters on occasion, too big for our chipper, that we would set aside and have contractors come in with a huge splitter to break them up. They can get some nice figure in grain. As noted it can be bear to split especially the beat up old gnarly ones. It is far less prone to the fast rot of white birch if its left unsplit. I still run my saw down the length of the tree to cut the bark if I am going to let it sit.   

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Re: Yellow Birch for firewood
« Reply #13 on: March 29, 2022, 05:50:32 AM »
Here's an old bruiser on the woodlot.







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Re: Yellow Birch for firewood
« Reply #14 on: March 29, 2022, 06:11:20 AM »
 

 

 

 
Here is a big old one, we left it as a wildlife tree. It would have do quite a mess in most of the direction we could fall it. Only one way to get it down but we doesnt want to risk it.
The pics with the measure tape is at DBH. They can get really big and old.

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Re: Yellow Birch for firewood
« Reply #15 on: March 29, 2022, 06:16:13 AM »
I like burning it.
The big narly one can be hard to splt
I like Sawing the nice ones beautiful wood.
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Re: Yellow Birch for firewood
« Reply #16 on: March 29, 2022, 07:56:12 AM »
Is this the same as my black birch, aka sweet birch? Very strong wintergreen in the bark?
Yellow Birch has a slight wintergreen smell/taste, not nearly as strong as Black Birch
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Re: Yellow Birch for firewood
« Reply #17 on: March 31, 2022, 09:23:20 AM »
Around here birch would never be my "first" choice.    But sure it burns and you'll get the BTU's just fine, and hey, it's a lot better in the stove than snow balls. :D
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Re: Yellow Birch for firewood
« Reply #18 on: March 31, 2022, 10:06:59 AM »
But you live in the land of oak and hickory. ;) And I bet yellow birch is rare down there. ;D

I burn fir and aspen mostly, lots of heat. Widows are open. :D
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Re: Yellow Birch for firewood
« Reply #19 on: March 31, 2022, 02:49:37 PM »
In the woods on my farm, which I'm selling, we have Black Birch which I've heard called Sweet Birch and Cherry Birch, I like cutting it, splitting and burning it. Like other birches it needs bucked and split to season and then kept under roof. I've wondered if the sap from it was where Birch Beer originated. 
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