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do blue spruce and cotton wood make good firewood

Discussion in 'Chainsaw' started by Evan, Mar 8, 2009.

  1. Evan

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    i might be takn down both on one job and was wondering if it would be worth cutn this stuff up for fire wood and stock pileing it. ive got plenty of room to stock it.

    cottong wood is 35' blue spruce is 60' or the other way around. ive only talked to guy on the phone. how many cord is this if you had to guess without seeing the trees. im guessn 2-3 maybe 4 without seeing the trees . night give the 359 alittle work out

    thanks

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    well im sure the spruce would be the 60' and spruce is decent firewood. i wouldnt bother with the cottonwood, not that it wouldnt be okay.
     
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    Cottonwood is like burning paper as far as BTU's and burn time. I believe the blue spruce would be about the same but I have not burnt it to know for sure.
     
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    Blue spruce would be ok...

    Cottonwood, eh... beats rolled up newspaper.



    This is coming from someone who only burns softwoods.
     
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    We do not have Spruce here so I cannot speak to it. We do have Cottonwood and I have never liked it for a indoor stove. If you are burning in a outdoor burner then it will be fine.

    Bill
     
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    Around my neck of the wood cottonwood is one of the most undesireable wood . I do have probably have a cord of it stashed back for reserves . When it is green all it does is smolder and when it is fully seasoned it burns like cardboard . Its also a real pain to split by hand real stringy wood . But its better than nothing .
     
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    spruce will burn pretty hot. id keep it.
     
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    Cottonwood takes a looooong time to dry out and "season"... also stinks like piss when you burn it. Skip it...

    The Spruce will burn okay...

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    I would rather trip over Blue Spruce or Cottonwood loading good wood like any real hardwood or Douglas fer into the truck for firewood, my $0.03 cents worth.

    But it's better then the wood some might not have, if they did not have a choice.

    But there is no way that I would fire Spruce into any fireplace that could shoot a spark that could reach carpet, Spruce spits a lot of sparks.

    It dose smell good!
     
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    Yup...

    Blue Spruce is great firewood - for outdoor fire pits, etc. Indoor, I'd use a stove.

    Cottonwood has very low BTU value - and as others before have said, it stinks.

    JQ
     
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    Dropping that Blue Spruce would be fun if you have a big area to drop it in. I would like to see a video of you dropping that. I like the rounds, easy to split. Not the highest BTU but will burn hot, good smell.

    The cottonwood is on the low end for BTU. If the price is right (free) then I grab it, but I give most of it away (widow wood). You will not get an all night burn with it. It will dry out well for you in Idaho. Our dry summers here in the Mountain West dry wood faster then in the humid East and South. If it isn't too much trouble I would get it. You never know what you might need, and someone somewhere will be glad to have it, trade or pay you something for it.
     
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    guys says theres lots of room to drop them in, he even said hell clean up the small branches all i need to do is haul off the big stuff.

    any guesseds on base diameter, i didnt even ask him.

    thanks for the replies

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    he said the spruce is sixty feet tall?? diameter will be between 3-5 foot i would guess
     
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    ehhhhhhhhh if its 3 foot ill do it, if its 5 ill think real hard about it.

    thanks for the reply
     
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    spruce are short and fat. i got a 50-60 foot spruce on my place thats about 5 foot
     
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    O come on, it will be fun. It is a soft wood and cuts fast. With a sharp chain you will be done in no time. I would bet it is 3' or less. I would at least drop it, that is where the real fun would be. I would even think about driving up there and dropping and blocking it for you. Most of the spruce down here is on forest service land has to be downed or dead standing. It is not every day you get to drop a big one like that. You can always buy you a 395XP just for this job, you have everyone's permission on here. Make sure you video it so you can post it for us.

    Drop and block up the cottonwood also. You can post an ad on Craigslist to get rid of the wood if you don't want it.
     
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    well see what happens,

    if its 48"s ill do it if bigger i dunno. i have just shy of 24"s of bar past the dog on my 359.

    thanksfor the egen me on. id realy like to do it .


    Evan
     
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    24" bar will take out a big tree my friend. do your face and then put a plunge cut into the face to compensate if its really big.
     
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    infact i would be willing to drop it with my 310 with a 24" bar on it ^_^
     
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    Cottonwood is great stuff. Almost as good as used Pampers.
     
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