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Discussion in 'Firewood, Heating and Wood Burning Equipment' started by jrider, Jun 2, 2019.

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    4933320C-784E-4BF4-AAE0-5CCCD3517CDE.jpeg Actually I can’t stand splitting it, or tearing it which is more of what it’s like.
     
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    all that fuzzy stuff gets a fire goin' fast.
     
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    I have kindling for that
     
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    Is that sweet gum? Liquid amber in these parts if it is. I've never burned it, nor bothered cutting and splitting it. We have any number of 'gum trees' (eucalypts) here, some are great, some not so great, some float in water, some don't. All depends on the species.
     
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    I hate it too. Tearing through it is about all you can do. Suck's up water like a sponge too.

    The only upside to gum is that it convinced/forced me to get a splitter when I bought my place 12 years ago.
     
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    I like Wrigley, Juicy fruit is the best.
     
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    Yes it is sweet gum.
     
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    It’s called Black gum here. Also called Tupelo. Can’t give it away.
     
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    We have that too. Sweet gum and Tupelo are similar but different
     
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    I split/smashed through some black gum with @farmer steve the other week. Never seen it before. Does it at least burn well?
     
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    Here in nz we have "bluegum" it its one of the best woods to burn and its everywhere big big gums 4 or 5 feet are on most local farms. Two or three years drying and the cat will leave the fireplace
     
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    It's so so and leaves a fair amount of ash. It's not worth the effort in my opinion.
     
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    About the time it’s dry it starts to rot.
     
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    Definitely not a eucalypt (Nyssa sylvatica), it's something of its own... Never burned it, but tried splitting it once... whoo boy.... I'd rather beat my head against a wall.
     
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    I have burnt a little blackgum. Never noticed it rottening but I stack in the dry. I will say blackgum is the only wood that ever stalled my splitter. Trying to do a 6way split on a big round. Spent more time hammering it off the wedge than It would have took to just split it using a sledge and wedge. I did lower the splitter wedge to just split it 4 ways and managed to get the round split. Handleing without gloves is a big no no too. Those splinters are like little razor blades.
     
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    It rots very quickly when left in log form or rounds. Never had a problem with it rotting once split.
     
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    Interesting - thanks!
     
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    We have one in our garden, pretty when the leaves turn. When it dies, it's getting noodled into firepit wood.

    No-one burns deciduous trees over here, it's like they have a blind spot for anything that is not a eucalypt.
     
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    Makes sense, assuming eucalyptus are abundant over there, why go for anything else? Strangely enough, here in North America most of the more dense woods are deciduous. The only evergreen broadleaf trees I know if that produce good dense wood are probably Live Oak or Madrone. Doug Fir, Lodgepole Pine, and so I'm told - Spruce, and also Tamarack/Larch are good, dense evergreen conifer trees. Never burned or touched any of those woods, though - but I hear there are excellent. Not quite otherwordly Aussie wood, but good enough, ha ha
     
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