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Old 03-27-2013, 05:47 AM
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Here are some numbers that show BTUS per cord (4'x4'x8'). If you pay for firewood, maybe this will help with shopping for the best btu yield or give an idea of the heat output. These are values for seasoned (dried) cord wood.

Alder - 17.6 million btu
Apple - 26.5 million btu
Ash - 19.1 million btu
Beech - 24 million btu
Birch (white) - 20.3 million btu
Birch (yellow) - 23.6 million btu
Birch (black) - 26.8 million btu
Cherry - 20 million btu
Black Cherry - 19.9 million btu
Hickory - 27.7 million btu
Red oak - 24 million btu
White oak - 25.7 million btu
Sugar Maple - 24 million btu
Red Maple - 18.7 million btu

Most all Pine is 17.1 million btu

Several Elm species are at 19.5 million btu
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Old 03-27-2013, 07:19 AM
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White Ash, Black Cherry, Red Oak, White Oak, and some Maple. I have a lot of standing dead Elm on my property, but it is a real bear to split.

So far my favorite to burn is the White Ash, it burns clean without spitting or popping, and leaves little ash. It also seems to cure much more quickly than some of the other woods.
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That chart is surprising. I wouldn't have thought beech or birch were very good, although we do not have either around here.
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Old 03-27-2013, 12:08 PM
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White birch has a paper like bark that contains an oil that makes it great for kindling as well as firewood.

My property in CT was mostly wooded and I had all the birch varieties, but mostly black. Along with black cherry, apple, maple,ash and oak...we had it all. I miss that house.
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