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Never heard mention tamarack being used.

Discussion in 'Firewood, Heating and Wood Burning Equipment' started by bucksnbears, Mar 14, 2019.

  1. bucksnbears

    bucksnbears ArboristSite Member

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    Had 10 cord delivered in 8 foot legnths.
    Cut real nice and sure does burn nice with little ash. I'm digging it!
    Anyone else burn it? Likes/ dislikes?
     
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    I know it makes good lumber. Rot resistant.

    Tamarack means "snowshoe wood".

    For whatever reason, doesn't grow much around here in the wild. There are a few patches about ~80 miles north.
     
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    Big_Al ArboristSite Guru

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    Tamarack & red fir are the main firewood trees out here in Washington state. Normally a straight tall tree, not many branches & splits easy. Decent burn time & good heat. No hardwoods in the wild out here
     
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    Never seen one. I don’t believe they grow around me.
     
  5. bucksnbears

    bucksnbears ArboristSite Member

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    I'm real impressed so far.
    A real nice wood to cut n split.
    I think the correct name is Eastern Larch?
     
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    AKA Eastern larch, larch, juniper, hackmatack. An ideal wood for outdoor use, especially the heartwood. Used a lot here for boat cribbing underwater. Heavy stuff. Difficult to nail once dry.
    For firewood, it has about the same BTU value of birch or cherry.
     
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    Northerner ArboristSite Operative

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    It’s about all i have been using for last 5 years or so. About the best wood we have up here for firewood.
    I do cut some boards as well, good for fencing, u just want to use them before completely dry or they warp and get tough to drive a nail through.
     
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    Ted Jenkins Firewood by TJ

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    When I worked and lived in Washington and Oregon in the Umatilla District I sold many truck loads of it. There several folks who bought the logs then had them 3 sided for houses and cabins. Burns nice a all around good practical wood. Thanks
     
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    dancan Spruce , The preferred wood of the Purgatory !

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    That was dead standing tamarack , now it's all blocked up for burning next fall :)
     
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    Really neat trees turn an awesome golden yellow in fall. They're the only conifer I know of that shed there needles every year
     
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    Early settlers planted the tree's to harvest later, for fence post...

    SR
     
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    Got 30 cord in log legnths scheduled for fall.
    Really liking it!!!
     
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    rustykfd Amateur Arborist/Pro Saw User

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    Great wood for wood stove. It pops a lot if you burn in campfire or open fireplace.


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    We had some of it down in the Heppner Ranger District too Ted, but our western tree is different than the eastern varieties. I don't know which is better, or how they are different fuel wise, but there are probably members who have lived in both places who could say. Ours (Western Larch - Larix occidentalis) are a big sturdy tree, straight, tall, heavily buttressed and reportedly can live to 900+ years. I saw one seven feet thick when I worked there Blue Mountains of Eastern Oregon. Theirs (Tamarack, Larix laricina) is a much smaller tree, more like 24"DBH. I'm sure they are equally pretty in that time of the fall when they turn to gold - what a sight.
     
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    Hey Bart! Don't forget the Bald Cypress, or maybe they should be called Naked Cypress in the winter. ;-)
     
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    We have a lot of Tamarack here but seldom use it for firewood. I’ll be felling big ones this summer to get them milled to use as flooring for the house. We have larix laricina here.
     
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    Just cut up a cord.
    Can't say a bad thing about it.
     
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    dancan Spruce , The preferred wood of the Purgatory !

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    2 spruce and a tamarack
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    Future tamarack firewood

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    2 real near future firewood

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    (Western Larch - Larix occidentalis)
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    That pretty fall look, below, mixed with Ponderosa and Red Fir.
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    rustykfd Amateur Arborist/Pro Saw User

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    My grandfather had a log truck load delivered to the farm every few years. It was his favorite wood. Grandma cooked on wood until she couldn’t cook anymore(died). I grew up splitting wood at the farm, might have been a little spoiled considering how well Tamarack splits. My stepdad made me split Russian Olive and Locust. I liked grandpa better.


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