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Need tips for processing soft woods

Discussion in 'Firewood, Heating and Wood Burning Equipment' started by FlyingDutchman, Dec 21, 2018.

  1. Wood Doctor

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    I remember about 15 years ago when I helped a friend finish a cabin in the woods. He used a wood stove to heat it and usually collected ash, mulberry, elm, and cottonwood. I asked him which one of the three he liked best. He thought for awhile and said. "When I want to get the cabin warmed up fast in the morning, I reach for the cottonwood. If I run out of cottonwood, the elm is next. Nothing warms this building up faster, and when I'm cold, I have no patience."
     
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    How is it to burn? I took two loads from a guy who had a whole grove felled to clear a spot for a big shop 40x60. Added up to about a cord so I will be burning that next winter.
     
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    Fellas that basswood around here sells for crazy prices to the wood turners, carvers and model makers. Even little pieces 5"x 5" sell. I cut up and burnt a couple trees that blew over last year. Then I found out that people are nuts for it. I have a guy coming to look at my cedar to see if he can get bowls blanks out of them. I'm waiting until he gets here to show him some basswood blow downs. He makes "artwork" or something out of it.
     
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    It burns about as well as dry balsa, willow, poplar, or cottonwood -- fast and hot. Figure the same heat content (BTU/lb) as all other firewood. That includes oak, hickory, locust, and anything else produced by a tree. When burned, 133 lb of basswood will produce about 1 million BTUs, nearly the same as all other species.
     
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    Thanks: Yep, a lb is a lb of btus. Just matters how often one has to fill the stove. I burn and sell a lot of willow ($120/cord) so will use it that way. I was hoping it was some better than willow.
     
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    I just e-mailed a friend of mine to see if he wants a Basswood tree last fall. He turns stuff for fun, but if he does not want it I will drag to off to rot in the woods. It stinks and does not burn well enough to be worth the effort to work it up ( and it works up very easy)
     
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    I dragged home a good sized basswood and when dry it was lighter than anything I’ve ever burned amongst pine, spruce, fir, poplar, even tree of heaven. When dry the pieces were like a styrofoam prop. I would toss pieces to people and the reaction was always the same.

    I wish I could’ve found somebody who wanted it. It did work up easy.
     
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    My lathe owning friend just got back to me . He got all excited so I guess he wants it better than rotting I guess.
     
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    I'm not fond of the smell of basswood burning and don't think it throws much heat but it is great carving wood.
     
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    yup he was pretty excited to get it. I have quite a few of these trees on my property.
     
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    Dry willow is actually lower in density than dry basswood. Dry balsa is the lightest of them all. All three deliver a million BTUs when you burn 133 lb -- same as elm, oak, hickory, locust, etc.
     
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    I made a couple Swedish candles with Willow. They burned nice but after a awhile, just one bump and they spewed white ashes - looked like a snowstorm.
     
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    Wood Doctor sure but a full bush cord of dry willow only weighs 133Lbs.
     

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