Happy burning 🙂 C. I have 30 acres in northwest Missouri. We have 2 cast iron wood stoves and a drafty 200 year old house in central new York state. I don’t know how they compare split and dried. It doesn’t seem to put out much ash, but does put out some real heat. Have a friend with a fireplace?, bundle about a dozen of the fat lighter sticks with a ribbon and this makes a great gift. The fireplace is not our primary heat source but we enjoy a fire each evening in the winter. For some unknown reason, the tree that many people call "tree of heaven" or "paradise tree" after its Chinese local name, was brought to North America from the Far East in the late 1700s. They are 6″-8″ in diameter at the base and ~15′ long. I have found a good way to make charcoal if your a pyro maniac / fire bug like me. This topic was started in 2013, and I posted in 2014, on my experience with the Tree of Heaven as firewood. I have pictures of him with an electric pole saw (he’s deathly afraid of power equipment)cutting 2″ diameter branches on the ground !!! The Btu rating for Almond varies from 29 to 32, why the variance? I have been researching on the Net and found some basic info but nothing so far as to how often/what size to harvest different wood species. I used to have a orchard in San Diego and it doesn’t do anything, but turn to ash. Here in suburban MD (1/2 way between DC and Balt. We burn mostly old-growth sugar maple w some white ash, black cherry, beech and black maple thrown in. We like to go ahead and cut the stump in 9″ sections. As previously stated by others, forget ANY cottonwood, only one or two sticks at a time for Manzanita as it is super hot. The Majestic fireplace has held up quite well, except for the back wall. One of the hottest longest burning Eucalyptus Varieties is the Red Gum, we harvest up to 100 different varieties of Euc and for the heat/Btu factor Red gum is the best by far, Btu is in the mid thirties! Very smoky and almost smells acidic when it burns and it doesn’t seem to produce much flame or heat. I live in the midwest southern iowa have burned firewood for most of my life,and have discovered that different woodstove set ups heat better using different wood. This varies with the size and shape of the wood, and how tightly it is stacked. Some do well, others not so well… Any info on Sassafras? I have tentatively decided on part native Osage Orange [hedge apple] for the BTU but I see from all the knowledgeable comments here I need more than one type of wood. I have put together the best data I could find, but consider the figures to be approximate. We call them Rock Maples and they are over abundant in our town in Maine. I will definitely cut more hickory, beech and oak . I have been told that gum trees and pine trees will clog up a chimmney I live californnia. We normally burn red oak in the fireplace. For a better experience, please enable JavaScript in your browser before proceeding. If I come across more apple I will cut it . JavaScript is disabled. Walnut (black) rates at 21.50/cord, my information is provided by Pocket Reference by Thomas J Glover printed in September 2006 ( 18th edition ). There are 202 tree of heaven wood for sale on Etsy, and they cost $25.05 on average. Very unusual leaf pattern for an oak, but just as heavy as all the other oaks. How to Use the Tree of Heaven for Firewood Step 1. Is it okay for a wood burning stove? Western Softwoods Figures from California Energy Commission But Rating Based on 90 cubic feet of solid wood per 128 cubic foot cord. I found that if you have some green (wet) wood and want to have a campfire go to your local hardware store and buy a duraflame fire log . It is a hot burning wood and is very heavy to move. Consistency between charts will vary due to different variables between different data sources. I can’t locate any ratings for this wood. I burned some buckthorn in 1.5” to 4” diameter unsplit and that stuff burns HOT in our wood stove; it stinks and it’s not the easiest to start. Hedge (Osage Orange) will do the same thing. If one falls on your truck it’s like having a bowling ball hit it. It was cut 4 month prior to burning in the winter . I OWED A SAWMILL IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA MTNS (LK ARROWHEAD, BIG BEAR AREA) AND THERE WAS ALOT OF THAT THERE (AS WELL AS IN NORTHERN CALI). Isn’t it just as simple as – the more lbs of wood that your shove in the hole, the more heat you get? If it is really dry it gives off some heat, but I usually recommend it as a campfire wood. Like some other fruitwoods, however–particularly mulberry–they are difficult to set on fire. Photo credit: Chuck Bargeron, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org. I really don’t get the obsession with BTU by speicies. The, shall we say, heartwood on these things burns very well, puts out a lot of heat and does NOT stink. The only problem I have now is that I’m having trouble finding trees to cut. Out here people often pass up oak in favor of madrone, where it is available. For me and my outdoor boiler, I prefer the “junk” wood like aspen and spruce. When we’re rigging it out of the tree or hauling it I use the charts for douglas fir since I’ve heard they are about the same density as live wood. My wife even melted a stove once while I was at work when we were younger. Richard, Be sure to poke a couple holes to vent the gases .Then get a 55 gal drum or make a small kiln to put your bucket in .Start your fire then put the bucket in. A friend offered me four cords of TOH split and stacked at my house. Not talking about ordinary white mulberry, just the fruitless ones. Range of burning properties of the Australian eucalypts covers the full spectrum (and don’t even bother with wattles). It is much heavier than air dryed spruce and black burned bark has fallen off after time so it is clean to cut & process … any one know BTU ofthis fire killed spruce v. air dried spruce ? Redgum is differentiated from just about all other Australian woods for firewood, for its lasting and heat, and difficulty to get going. The inside resembles red or white oak color & grain. I am planning on doing a little experiment to find out which wood is best for campfires and fire pits. ), I am reduced to asking neighbors or builders if I can haul away their downed trees. Tree of Heaven for firewood | Arboristsite.com Please be aware that we have recently gotten a wave of users that, when researched, are found to be from Nigeria. We have tons of the best hard woods in this country . I’m thrilled to read about mulberry’s quallities–there’s alot of that here in WI, Hi Gang! First find you a steel bucket with a metal lid . In Kansas we used a wood called hedge. We run fans in the winter as much as we run them in the summer. Anyone have direct experience with this? Do you split with a maul and wedges, or with a gas powered splitter? Lots of heat and hot coals-kept us from freezing one late night at 6,000 feet in late October, while we were wasting time patroling a wildfire in NE California back in ’85. Thanks for all the input!!!!!! Tree-of-heaven is an important timber and fuelwood tree in China, and is planted for timber and afforestation in New Zealand, the Middle East, eastern Europe, and South America [ 14, 140, 268, 304, 328 ]. Ailanthus altissima, commonly known as tree of heaven is a deciduous tree native to both China and Taiwan. Live in S/W Missouri, and wood heat is our only source for 3,400 sq. I burn approximately 20 cords of wood each season. In Iowa we mix our loads in the stove out of boredom. I’m still retrieving all the down stuff and will continue for a couple years, at least. A week later he tried to burn it and told me to never burn oak , because it burned terrible and smoked bad . China Nothing burns green like ash. im a firewood dealer i burn everything but when my house is cold and i want it to get hot fast its doug fir all the way. Unlike other members of the genus Ailanthus, it is found in temperate climates rather than the tropics. We just felled 12 mature ash trees – 12 to 24 inches in diameter, and are now bucking them up and splitting them. A cord is 128 cubic feet but in any stack of wood there will be air space between the pieces. THAT’S HOW THEY DO IT! Looked through posts and didn’t see if there was any mention of the BTU’s of a Norway Maple. does anyone know wht the heat value of tulep poplar is, I just cut down I believe it is sumac? Hardwoods, ideally should be two years old, but one year is a minimum in the northeast. Click here for instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your browser. Like several posters have commented, a big chunk of fir will last for 5-6 hours in the wood stove, and makes for an easy re-start in the morning. The earth is drwoning in CO2 from burning sequestered carbon. Here in South Central Alaska, all we have is Birch, Black Spruce and Cottonwood. Currently you have JavaScript disabled. Burns hotter than any wood I have ever seen, is becoming rare and may be protected in some areas. I have about a hundred of these that were cut in maintaining a power line right of way. Storms here in Georgia recently took down some large sweetgums. In response to “robert” and his comment about live oak being limited to the south easter united states. I have 4 of them that I want to cut down. It’s quite nice really, light to handle, splits like nothing and puts off a nice blue flame at the coals. they r clean , no bark or bugs, hard as a rock & burn hot! Builders planted them everywhere in Maryland, so talk about an abundant supply of firewood. Chopped up a few live oaks and boy that is a great wood for the fireplace! When cutting, I have to sharpen my chain saw pretty frequently. Don’t know much about western woods, except that the citrus groves my wife’s family own in Mesa, AZ make tremendous wood for fires. This can help you decide what the best firewood type is for your needs. It burned very hot with big blue-yellow flames and gave the best aroma . Not a true mahogany at all. Please leave your comments or questions on those pages if you have experience or questions about those types of firewood. Hot fires and cold beer!!!! The firewood BTU rating charts below give a comparison between different firewood types. Firewood, Heating and Wood Burning Equipment. I already know seasoned oak is gonna be near the top choice because of the hot coals it produces . My grad parents were pioneers who cooked /heated homestead houses with white popular ! Sounds like my neighbor would get along great with yours. Elm is easy to find around here . I have never seen one 4' DBH as the wood is weak and usually the tree fails long before they get that big. Nice transitional forest on our 20 acres includes black oak, manzanita, live oak, firs, oaks and cedars. Fire it up…Fire it up! I do have a question…do they test the btu factor at sea level or in an elevation, i have found that many of the old myth’s to be untrue as far as burn time and heat factor, ash rate… in many different varieties of wood in elevation above 2500′ to 5000′, been doing this for awhile, just wondering if anyone else has found this to be true? I’ll have much pecan to burn this fall , we cut a huge tree . Big bright flames and smells good.Also beech is a very clean burning wood according to my grand dad .Smokes very little and burns to a huge coal. If you take a piece of that wood and another same size piece of another type of wood that you know the BTU of, you can get a general idea. The wood is locally used for charcoal and firewood. I live in East Kentucky and fire wood is abundant. but it is still the least discovered hardwood/cooking wood around except where they have the Orchards. I use it in the brush piles, I'd rather burn particleboard in my OWB than heavenwood IMO.. that is junk we chip it and dump the bigstuf, Thanks guys, my BIL was cutting one that had fell we just hauled it to the curb. Tree of Heaven campground is open from May through October 18, 2020. Lots of oak available here, but I still take what I can get. Anyone have any idea of cure times, BTU output etc? They died. rating for mountain mahogany. Maybe less in some places with more sun and less humidity, but still they take a long time. The draw back is it is very hard to split . Too Much Charcoal Building Up in a Wood Stove, Does Burning Softwood Cause Creosote in a Chimney, Soaking Wood Chips for Smoking and Grilling. Tree of Heaven, commonly known as, ailanthus, or in Standard Chinese as chouchun, is a deciduous tree in the Simaroubaceae family. Be sure to get all the roots since a small root piece left in the soil will grow. Thanks! The greatest downside to using it is the abundance of tree sap that adheres to one’s gloves during the cutting and stacking process. Love reading the comments from Andy. I have burned several cords of the stuff since then, and, when dried, makes fine fuel for the OWB. That's a good use for a nasty invasive species, IMO. So the math:5 cords @ $180 = $900 // 5 tonsCoal @ $75 = $375. But as one reader noted, all species have roughly the same BTU potential per pound. Persimmon is a good secret,burns hot and long. I dug into it and have burned a face cord or so. The doug fir gets the bark beetles that work away the outer layer, but if you can get the bark off the wood it will last several years. I’ve heard that burning a little cedar occasionally will help remove soot from stovepipes and chimneys. Leave the stump about 36″ high. Mullberry has a short lifespan and is very rot resistant so they are quite easy to find here in west Tennessee. From these areas, tree-of-heaven has spread and become a common invasive plant in urban, agricultural, and forested areas. Be sure to have a good roaring fire the whole time the wood is cooking and make sure the wood that is being used for charcoal is well seasoned .The greener the wood the less charcoal will be produced and it will greatly increase the production time.My next batch will be made using a 55 gal drum to hold the wood for charcoal and I will make a concrete block kiln to hold my fire.This should make about 50 -75 lbs of hickory pecan mix charcoal. And gives accurate, useable information instead of repeting old wives tales. Happiness is a full woodbox on Friday night! The aroma is pleasant too . I have some birch and cherry I’ve been mixing it in with that too. If you look at a BTU chart, it has either the highest or 2nd highest rating of all wood that grows in the US. all our needs now,and for a few more years,sad business. The data for these charts was compiled from various sources with different firewood types. I added the BTU of Eucalyptus to the charts but I can’t find consistent data for avocado and almond. Or would it be worth the heat and not having that pile to look at anymore? Wood heat seems to be medicinal especially on cold, wintry days. I just split and stacked 4 yr supply of silver maple, so I’m sorry to see how low its BTU rating is. We used to call them hedge apples. Thanks for the listings.I burn 3-4 cords every Winter,and burn all but the softwoods.I was looking for BTU content for http://www.dof.virginia.gov/.../pub_...tilization.pdf, http://www.arboristsite.com/firewoo....../pub_Ailanthus-Control-and-Utilization.pdf. Creosote cannot form in such an environment. Superb device . I like burning Birch in fireplaces but getrun away fires ( read relief valve blows @ 100 c) Spruce and Birch both probably have about the same BTU rating, however I have found that Birch burns cleaner. I may mix it up with buckthorn which has invaded my woods. Western Hardwoods Figures from California Energy Commission BTU Rating Based on 90 cubic feet of solid wood per 128 cubic foot cord. Audrie The wood you are looking for is Black Locust.It is a little thorny but it grows fast and burns long and hot.I sold fire wood for ten years and burned it fo thirty.Black locust was a favorite of my Amish customers. Images: Drag the slider up/down to toggle between raw and finished wood. Thanks. Maybe the aroma will get better with age after seasoning this summer . Some have more heat than others but if you already have it you might as well cut it up and burn it. Probably about 5 btus per cord. I have old growth straight grain cedar I cut in the early 90’s for kindling and it’s still as good as the day I cut it. Of course it escaped and colonized field margins out competing native species. Is non posionous sumac ok to burn in a fire place. Can the latter possibly split 36″ diameter 2′ drums? It throws sparks so only should be used in stoves that can be closed. I enjoyed the story about his neighbor that let his oak fire wood dry for a whole week and it wouldn’t burn… LOL !!!! I have not found it listed anywhere as rated for firewood and was wondering if it would produce enough heat to make it worthwhile for use in the fireplace. (Sir Douglas Menzizii) He really didn’t know how to classify it because it had characteristics of fir and also of hemlock so he called it Pseudo(false) tsuga (hemlock)so it is really not fir at all or hemlock? I use Hickory, White or Red Oak,Beech,tulip Poplar,& Sycamore. It has kept us plenty warm every winter, we ensure we have a chimney sweep come out and check the wood stove and chimney once a year. Then there is Vine Maple—some of THE toughest wood I have ever encountered!!!! with the exception of oak (usualy scrub oak), all the firewood vendors here have is Eucalyptus (no rating), Avacado (no rating), Almond (no rating) and “mixed hardwood”. Oak gets borers and starts getting dusty with sawdust falling out. I had some mostly seasoned red oak , shagbark hickory , and black locust. I have a hard time keeping up with the outdoor furnace if I use seasoned wood. The tight grained old growth Douglas Fir is as about as good as it gets.Put two big blocks on Your fire at night,button it down good,and when You open it in the morning You’ll find a big,beautiful bed of coals—but stand back,because when the air hits it,it will ignite big time!!! its stacked out back now, i figure it could be used in the fire pit if nothing else. Or the thousands of different genus found in Australia . Go fast on the oak. Split these sections into sticks. Tree-of-heaven is a food for honeybees worldwide. and keep the bedroom doors about a foot from closed to save heat. It does burn a little fast but it throws out the heat. I primarily have Red Oak, Black Cherry, American Elm, Red Maple, Locust, Hickory, Cottonwood, Poplar, growing in the woods. WHAT KIND OF LOCUST IS IT AND WILL IT BE A GOOD FIREWOOD IN A COUPLE OF MONTH..THANKS I will say that it leaves very little coals and very little ash. WE DID HOWEVER, CUT AND SPLIT ALOT INTO FIREWOOD FOR, OF ALL PEOPLE, THE BAREFOOT FIREWALKERS! All firewood has about the same BTU per pound. Ailanthus altissima / eɪ ˈ l æ n θ ə s æ l ˈ t ɪ s ɪ m ə /, commonly known as tree of heaven, ailanthus, varnish tree, or in Chinese as chouchun (Chinese: 臭 椿; pinyin: chòuchūn; lit. Iv’e only ived here for the last 4 years, It should have been pruned back many years ago but now to late and needs to be cut down.
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