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How's Beechwood for firewood?
« on: August 06, 2005, 08:13:20 PM »
I just had this dropped of and I can't find any rating on it. Anyone know how it ranks, good, fair or excellent?

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Re: How's Beechwood for firewood?
« Reply #1 on: August 06, 2005, 08:40:55 PM »
Beech ranks just behind ash here, ash being our best firewood. I know our ash is quite different to yours, but I believe European and American beech is similar.... an excellent firewood.
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Re: How's Beechwood for firewood?
« Reply #2 on: August 06, 2005, 08:54:24 PM »
I like it 8)  Not much different than maple in my opinion
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Re: How's Beechwood for firewood?
« Reply #3 on: August 06, 2005, 08:58:42 PM »
Dale,
Won't burn worth beans for the first year after being cut - lots of water, but after that, I can't think of much better other than ash or hickory. Long, hot fires. 8)

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Re: How's Beechwood for firewood?
« Reply #4 on: August 06, 2005, 10:15:41 PM »
Beech is good! wish I had 30 cords right about now...............winters acomin.

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Re: How's Beechwood for firewood?
« Reply #5 on: August 06, 2005, 10:26:46 PM »
I try to get as much of my winter wood as I can from beech and fill out the rest with maple, oak and ash, no particular order. If I can, all beech.
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Re: How's Beechwood for firewood?
« Reply #6 on: August 06, 2005, 10:44:14 PM »
Thanks for the good news guy's

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Re: How's Beechwood for firewood?
« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2005, 02:42:41 AM »
I know this may be kind of a silly question, but what are the worst kinds of wood that you could burn?  ??? Now that we know the best ones...  :)

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Re: How's Beechwood for firewood?
« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2005, 03:06:46 AM »
cottonwood
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Re: How's Beechwood for firewood?
« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2005, 06:11:00 AM »
Any of the Willows -  So wet they sprout branches in the pile -
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Re: How's Beechwood for firewood?
« Reply #10 on: August 07, 2005, 06:44:21 AM »
Despite cottonwood and willow being the worst, people with cookstoves value their worth - it's called "biscuitwood" to them. When it's dry, (which again, takes about a year) , they split it up into small pieces and feed the fire when they make biscuits because they need a quick hot fire to brown dem biscuits (catheads) just right. HMMMMMM - I'm getting hungry!  8)

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Re: How's Beechwood for firewood?
« Reply #11 on: August 07, 2005, 08:56:04 AM »
beechwood is ranking 5 here, first is red elm,ironwood,hickery,hard maple and beech
the worst in my opinion is basswood and willows
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Re: How's Beechwood for firewood?
« Reply #12 on: August 07, 2005, 10:44:55 AM »
Basswood, but for a quick fire in the late spring or early fall it works good.
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Re: How's Beechwood for firewood?
« Reply #13 on: August 07, 2005, 11:35:31 AM »
I know this may be kind of a silly question, but what are the worst kinds of wood that you could burn?  ??? Now that we know the best ones...  :)

Good question. I hear mixed thoughts on Box Elder. I have both Box Elder and Basswood in small amounts. I mix in a few pieces of each per cord. 90% of the wood in in cords I sell are Elm, Maple, Ash, Birch. I also have some Locust and Mulberry I through in.

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Re: How's Beechwood for firewood?
« Reply #14 on: August 07, 2005, 11:57:53 AM »
I would rank box elder as one of the worst, although the bark is really good for starting fires. The smoke has a really unpleasant odor. That said, we do burn a little.  It produces a quick hot fire when all we want to do is take the chill out of the house.

Fortunately our only close neighbors burn some, too, so they don't complain when we do.  :)           
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Re: How's Beechwood for firewood?
« Reply #15 on: August 07, 2005, 12:21:26 PM »
i sell only hardwood as firewood....like maple,hickery,birch,beech,ash,elm,ironwood,cherry..and a bit of paper birch but not much ::)
I never use any kind of poplar,butternut,ever green or all kind of otter's stuff ;)
consumer seem to be happy whit that ;D
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Re: How's Beechwood for firewood?
« Reply #16 on: August 07, 2005, 01:37:35 PM »
Egg...zil... lent firewood. I live by the lake....when the tourists ask" which way to the beech" I always point to the woods. :D
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Re: How's Beechwood for firewood?
« Reply #17 on: August 07, 2005, 07:02:44 PM »
I used to cut up a lot of beech for firewood in Ithaca New York. I really liked it.

As far as the worse, wouldn't something like pine or something with a lot of resin be really bad? I always heard you weren't supposed to use it because of creosote problems.

I did burn a lot of willow one year when I had to cut one down. Dried well and kept under a tarp is was great for getting the fire going. I sure didn't want to load the box with it though, I would have to be back in a couple of hours and do it again!

So, how did I end up here anyway?

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Re: How's Beechwood for firewood?
« Reply #18 on: August 07, 2005, 07:59:32 PM »
I'll second that! 8) 8)
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Re: How's Beechwood for firewood?
« Reply #19 on: August 08, 2005, 01:49:16 PM »


I did burn a lot of willow one year when I had to cut one down. Dried well and kept under a tarp is was great for getting the fire going. I sure didn't want to load the box with it though, I would have to be back in a couple of hours and do it again!



An old time woodburner in my area calls that GOPHER wood (willow,popular,basswood etc.)

throw one in the stove an GOPHER another ;D
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