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Silver Maple / Firewood?

Discussion in 'Firewood, Heating and Wood Burning Equipment' started by Dale.Z, May 27, 2009.

  1. Dale.Z

    Dale.Z ArboristSite Member

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    Neighbor just had a Silver Maple fall from a storm. Question is does it make good firewood? Hate to do all that work for if it’s less the desirable firewood.

    Thanks Dale
     
  2. aandabooks

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    Not bad. Good fall/spring wood or mix a piece or two in with some oak. Better than cottonwood/willow and worth the work if not too hard to get.
     
  3. Laird

    Laird Nemo me impune lacessit

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    +1:agree2:
     
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    I use it alot 20 million btu per cord
     
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    I've taken plenty for free. Its not oak or locust......... but a decent middle-of-the-road firewood.
     
  6. ray benson

    ray benson Tree Freak

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    I like silver maple as long as you have good access(no long carrying from back to front yard). Burns better than our cottonwood, boxelder, willow.
     
  7. cuttinstuff

    cuttinstuff ArboristSite Operative

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    It all burns.
     
  8. outdoorlivin247

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    Like has been said above...Great wood for spring or fall...I usually don't go out of my way to get it, but I won't let someone just push it up in a pile and let it go to waste...
     
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    The worst thing about silver maple is that it will get punky real quick.
     
  10. mercer_me

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    I do.

    I had ten on my lawn and I cut them all down becouse every time I mowed the lawn I would mow hundreds of tiny Silver Maples. I cut some of the bigger stuff up to burn, and I think I got more money in gas cutting them up than they was werth. I wouldn't eaven fool with them if I was you.
     
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  11. audible fart

    audible fart MS390 OAK CZAR

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    I dig silver maple. I Burn it alot. It dries quick. Cuts pretty easy. Free maple is cheaper than oil. Get the maple.
     
  12. Dale.Z

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    Thanks everybody for the advice. I think I will go for it. Close to the house, easy access and it will help out my neighbors. I have lots of red and white oak little bit of hickory and some ash so I am going to try mix it like aandabooks said. Plus its hard to say no to free.

    Dale
     
  13. kas7227

    kas7227 ArboristSite Lurker

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    I like Silver maple when it's free and easy to get. It's good for starting fires and those 50 degree weekends when you just want to have a fire.
     
  14. woodbooga

    woodbooga cords of mystic memory

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    An empty woodshed is a hungry wood shed. It says, feed me.

    A full woodshed is a lonely woodshed. It says, build me a friend right here next to me.

    Wash, rinse, repeat. :blob4:
     
  15. Dale.Z

    Dale.Z ArboristSite Member

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    woodbooga: (WOOD-bug-ah), n. reg. dialect, common to areas of N.H. and Maine; one obsessed with obtaining free firewood to fuel woodburning appliances to mitigate expenses related to home heating with fossil fuels. Used as a term of derision by non-woodburners who mock the presence of loose bark and other wood waste in pickup truck beds.



    This made my night! I thought I was the only one with this ailment, my wife wants me to call the doctor in the morning and ask if there is a treatment program for the likes of us now that I have the official name for it.
    LMAO!!!!
    :cheers:
     
  16. woodbooga

    woodbooga cords of mystic memory

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    The cure is worse than the illness. Among the only known ways to curb or cure woodboogery:

    -Burn down house
    -severe back injury
    -being naughty with chainsaw; too many stitches to work
    -tree falls on you
    -groin
    -truck breaks; other vehicle is Mitsubishi

    Lots of good advice here on how to avoid these so-called cures for fiending for wood. :cheers:
     
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  18. powerstroke73L

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    I picked up a bunch because the power company was cutting a new ROW along my route to work and cut a 24" diameter with some big main branches. The rounds were heavy as all get out which I later found out was because they were 90% water! The splitter really tore through them rather than actually splitting them and the water just poured out. It's really stringy too which gets annoying. Not the best stuff, but anytime I can grab a truckload of wood for free on my way to work I'll take poplar, pine, cottonwood, etc... I get enough oak and locust for overnight burns-the lightweight stuff is for weekends when I want an excuse to play with the furnace every couple of hours.
     
  19. woodlumn

    woodlumn ArboristSite Member

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    I just got tipped off to a load that's mine for the taking.

    about how long do you think I'd have to wait to burn it?
     
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    take it...it splits nice and easy, and is a good starter for wood that takes a while to get going like hickory or locust.

    Free wood is always the best...and the closer the better
     

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