Woodburning Stove Crew: What are you burning this morning?

Samcanadian

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-32 degrees this morning, working from home and no intention of setting foot outside.

Just starting a cord of dead pine I bucked and split last weekend, and it burns fast but it burns nice and bright. It's supposed to be this cold for the rest of the week so I'm glad I stocked up. There's another cord or so outside unsplit but dead and dry @ ~10-15% humidity

Have got 6 cords of Poplar that I bucked and split from across my parents place (Hydro was kncking down some trees) that I'll be able to burn next season.

Hoping to come across a couple of old dead standing oak at some point, but it's in high demand lately.

Anyway, not sure if this crew even exists on OT besides maybe @borazhasleftthebuilding
 

Newt

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Birch mostly. Previous owner left a pile in the carport so I've been going through that. Not sure what to do for next season since harvesting isn't an option. Will look through the local suppliers and see what's best.
 

wildflower

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I had a fireplace in my last house, and I'd get a cord of wood every season and start a fire at the drop of a hat.
Sitting in front of a nice fire is at least as enjoyable as watching television.
So California is clamping down, though. New houses don't get fireplaces.
 
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Samcanadian

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I had a fireplace in my last house, and I'd get a cord of wood every season and start a fire at the drop of a hat.
Sitting in front of a nice fire is at least as enjoyable as watching television.
So California is clamping down, though. New houses don't get fireplaces.
I've read reports out of the UK that stress how bad for you wood burning stoves are :rofl:

Oh well, I'll die at 95 rather than 100 now I guess.
 
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Samcanadian

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Birch mostly. Previous owner left a pile in the carport so I've been going through that. Not sure what to do for next season since harvesting isn't an option. Will look through the local suppliers and see what's best.
Birch is nice. We may buy 15 cords of it from a guy who sells them for $150 per cord, but it's green and in logs. Not a big deal to split and stack in the summer, but it's still a lot of work. Cheapest way to get wood if you're not harvesting it yourself.
 

borazhasleftthebuilding

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90% fir....splits better than pine/spruce
some birch, pita to split but burns longer
ill take free poplar, its hot and fast, shitload of ash though, wont buy it though

3-4c a year, ~$500 delivered and split, we split it half of it again, to smaller pieces for stuffing the stove better
 
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Samcanadian

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90% fir....splits better than pine/spruce
some birch, pita to split but burns longer
ill take free poplar, its hot and fast, shitload of ash though, wont buy it though

3-4c a year, ~$500 delivered and split, we split it half of it again, to smaller pieces for stuffing the stove better
I have a mid sized Fiskars hatchet that i use for about 1/4 of the stuff that needs to be split before adding to the stove. My wife doesn't like manhandling the bigger pieces, and our stove isn't immense so I try to keep everything to 16" and not much more than 6-7inches thick if I can help it.

What's the problem with splitting birch? Stringy? We had some dead elm that we split and it was stringy AF. Super annoying.
 

Newt

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Birch is nice. We may buy 15 cords of it from a guy who sells them for $150 per cord, but it's green and in logs. Not a big deal to split and stack in the summer, but it's still a lot of work. Cheapest way to get wood if you're not harvesting it yourself.
I can get a dried cord for ~145 that's mostly maple. Will probably end up doing that. I don't run the stove full time since we have a heat pump but it's nice to have for weekends and deep freezes.
 
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Samcanadian

Samcanadian

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I can get a dried cord for ~145 that's mostly maple. Will probably end up doing that. I don't run the stove full time since we have a heat pump but it's nice to have for weekends and deep freezes.
Split? That's a great price. We get hosed out here. It's probably better to buy in the summer than the fall when everyone else is though.
 
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Samcanadian

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We've been harvesting a ton from out behind my Grandparent's place, but it's all mainly pine and spruce. Burns nice and bright, but real fast and you go through a garage full of it pretty quickly.
 

Newt

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Split? That's a great price. We get hosed out here. It's probably better to buy in the summer than the fall when everyone else is though.
Not sure of split to be honest. Bonus if it is though. They'll even stack it for $25/cord, which is great because I'm lazy.
 
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Samcanadian

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Not sure of split to be honest. Bonus if it is though. They'll even stack it for $25/cord, which is great because I'm lazy.
I get a great amount of pleasure from knocking trees down and hauling them out of the woods with the sled and a trailboggan. It's such a pure, honest work and it's great exercise too. I mean, we almost dropped a tree on the sled last year but other than that it was without incident.
 

borazhasleftthebuilding

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I have a mid sized Fiskars hatchet that i use for about 1/4 of the stuff that needs to be split before adding to the stove. My wife doesn't like manhandling the bigger pieces, and our stove isn't immense so I try to keep everything to 16" and not much more than 6-7inches thick if I can help it.

What's the problem with splitting birch? Stringy? We had some dead elm that we split and it was stringy AF. Super annoying.
Yep birch and spruce are stringy af, pine CAN be, fir is the best splitting wood ever, and she burns hot
Bitch takes 2x as long to dry out as well

We are a good cord less used than last year YTD

We have next year's wood piled unsplit, this year I wanna get the following years split and stacked and have that cushion

Wife uses electric splitter, she takes care of it all

Still another couple years of free pine around, from beetles, gonna buy a trailer this year and do some myself, just SOME it's easier to work my normal job and pay someone to do the hard work, but I've got 5yrs of wood in my yard of trees I should take down so, money in the bank
 

Newt

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I get a great amount of pleasure from knocking trees down and hauling them out of the woods with the sled and a trailboggan. It's such a pure, honest work and it's great exercise too. I mean, we almost dropped a tree on the sled last year but other than that it was without incident.
Harvesting is amazingly fulfilling. Packing wood from the curb to the carport... Meh.
 

lawnboy

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I'm Building a house in an area without gas service, so i wanted a chimney to put a woodburner in the basement. They looked at me like a ihad three heads- It's just THAT uncommon to build chimneys in modern energy efficient homes :hs:
 
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Samcanadian

Samcanadian

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Ash and Cherry mostly. Thought you aren’t supposed to burn pine due to the tar?
Everyone says that, but if it's seasoned properly it's not going to hurt you. You're going to probably add as much creosote to your chimney burning anything that's not dry enough as you will Pine.
 

Marty

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Everyone says that, but if it's seasoned properly it's not going to hurt you. You're going to probably add as much creosote to your chimney burning anything that's not dry enough as you will Pine.
Cool. Yeah use pine for my outdoor fire pit and there’s so much ash coming down here that i just burn that. And ash splits like butter
 
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Samcanadian

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I'm Building a house in an area without gas service, so i wanted a chimney to put a woodburner in the basement. They looked at me like a ihad three heads- It's just THAT uncommon to build chimneys in modern energy efficient homes :hs:
These new wood burning stoves are hyper efficient too. Like, we cut back our energy use in the winter by 80% with this stove. The furnace literally never turns on until we go to bed and the house eventually cools off. If we're burning oak in the evening and I stoke the fire before going to bed, it MIGHT kick on at 4-5AM eventually. I'll come down and start the fire on hot coals from the night before. It's awesome.
 
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Samcanadian

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Cool. Yeah use pine for my outdoor fire pit and there’s so much ash coming down here that i just burn that. And ash splits like butter
Ash is the best to burn. We still have ash trees here, but the Emerald Ash Borer is headed this way and I expect they'll get annihilated.

On the bright side, the four big ash trees in my yard will probably keep us warm for a winter :hs:
 
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Newt

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I'm Building a house in an area without gas service, so i wanted a chimney to put a woodburner in the basement. They looked at me like a ihad three heads- It's just THAT uncommon to build chimneys in modern energy efficient homes :hs:
Yeah. Heatpumps seem to be the new norm.
 

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