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How does Pecan burn in a wood stove?

Discussion in 'Firewood, Heating and Wood Burning Equipment' started by linebergert, Jan 8, 2012.

  1. linebergert

    linebergert ArboristSite Lurker

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    Friend trimmed up his Pecan trees in the pasture and gave me the wood.I havent tried to burn pecan in my woodstove. Another friend says its junk for heating with but i have used a bunch in the smoker. Searched the web and have found different opinions
    about using it for heat. So im asking the experts. I know it needs to be seasoned good. 18 ft trailer 1.5 ft high and more on the ground. If it is going to be more hassle to use for heat then Ill just get the smoker fired up and get to cooking. And give some to friends who need it for cooking View attachment 216043
     
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    Considering the price tag, I'd say it's excellent for heating. There are a couple guys doing pretty well on ebay selling flat rate boxes full of chunks for smoking.
     
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    I think that's why the guys doing it on ebay are doing well...sending out to people who can't get it regularly unless you stop in the box stores.
     
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    I burn it as firewood, as they are all dying from the drought here in north Texas, and it does just fine. I always save some back to smake with, but I've got tons.

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    Pecan is hickory

    Hickory is the best btu firewood you can get. Pecan is a sub-species of hickory. Lots of people use hickory/ pecan in their smokers (including me, great taste.) All hickory species are hard to split (stringy.) If you can split it and you don't use it on the smoker or sell it to someone who does it is the best firewood you can get.
     
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    Pecan for smoking is $600 a cord in N CA. Free wood always burns well.
     
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    Pecan has the same burning qualities as hickory.
    Same cure times also around 1 year.

    Hickory is the second best firewood in North America.
    Rock elm being about 10% better btu and twice as long to cure, rock elm won't burn well in a fire that isn't pretty hot already hickory will.

    Don't try to make a pie out of your pecan though, the wood makes terrible pie. :)
     
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    we dont have any pecan around here. i'd like to try some in my smoker, though. an old timer told me several years ago that all of the fruit and nut bearing trees makes good firewood. so far as i can tell, he is rite.
     
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    Not much around my area either other than the occasional garden planted one.
    I've burned precious little pecan but in my opinion it's identical to hickory.

    Pretty much all the fruit trees make excellent firewood, apple, crab apple, pear, mulberry, peach, plum etc all burn hot and smell like perfume when burning, everything other than mulberry is a 2 year cure though.

    I store rock elm, apple, pear and sugar maple for my personal wood stove.
    And a bunch of silver maple to get them burning.
     
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    Pecan makes up about 80% of what I cut and sell, once it has cured ~yr. after being cut / spilt it makes excellent firewood, this yr. alone I have sold ~15 cords. I work with all the local pecan orchards around here (and there are some big ones!!) to pick up all there trimings each yr. As others stated it is also a excellent smoking wood I use it and mesquite in mine. Nice haul
     
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    I am heating almost entirely this year with pecan thanks to all the blow downs this year in town, and I love it. Like it even better than hickory for the simple fact there is far less ash than hickory, and the wife loves the smell in the house.

    I cut all of this during the April storms, and it was ready to go this fall.A little on the wet side when I turned to the stacks that didnt make it into the drying shed, but I have no complaints. Lights easier than hickory in a cold stove, and makes some very good heat.

    Top notch wood if you ask me.
     
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    2nd best... :msp_wink:
    Just sayin...
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    OOps forgot (Osage-Orange) as #1 then Rock elm a very close second, then a few contenders Hickory, Sugar maple, Ironwood, Locust all similar btu.

    It's all good if you got any of them though :)

    I just wish at least two btu charts were the same, or similar to each other even :)
     
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    Amen to that... One thing I'm sure of though... If all I had to burn was Hickory or Pecan, I'd be a happy man... They're just great "all purpose" species...
    :msp_wink:
     
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    Hedgerow,

    Dito for me, hickory of and floavour is darn good stuff.
    And what other firewood can make you get up in the morning and have a sudden urge for 25 pieces of bacon and 1 egg LOL
     

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