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Old 12-05-2011, 08:49 PM   #11
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Here's a good page on the subject:

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Old 12-05-2011, 08:51 PM   #12
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I believe green wood burns cooler and slower. Most of the heat value in green wood goes to evaporating the moisture in the wood. Once that happens, the wood burns to ash.
I believe you're compleately correct Andy. Thank you.
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Old 12-05-2011, 08:58 PM   #13
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For 10 years in the 70s and 80s, I heated my home with a wood stove. I learned a lot about the best woods and how to cut, split and burn them. I also almost killed myself more than once cutting trees down then up.
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...Red oak produces a bitter flavor due to the high amount of tannic acid in the wood...
That may be true but I really like the smell of freshly split red oak.
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Old 12-05-2011, 09:30 PM   #15
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For 10 years in the 70s and 80s, I heated my home with a wood stove. I learned a lot about the best woods and how to cut, split and burn them. I also almost killed myself more than once cutting trees down then up.
The icing on the cake as far as my trees are concerned is that all of them are covered in poison oak vines and leaves.

That's the tree companies problem. They know how to deal with that I imagine, after all these years.
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Old 12-05-2011, 09:32 PM   #16
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That may be true but I really like the smell of freshly split red oak.
Red oak is not a bad wood for heating your home. It's dense, and when seasoned properly, burns a long time. The same is true of maple, birch, and tamarak, all deciduous hardwoods. Though why someone would rather burn sugar maple than tap it is beyond my understanding.

I used to use an eight lb. splitting mall, with a star wedge. First swing would make the initial split. We were felling tamarack, live trees. My partner would drag them out of the woods and cut them into 8 foot lengths. I had to buck them and split them. I was just a cup back then at 26 years of age. I could swing that mall all day long, and often did.

I tell you what, lumberjacking with a chainsaw, and a splitting mall will trim you right down, and make you downright muscular. I miss those days of unrivaled, and infinite stamina. To look at me now, you'd think I spent all of my hours in front of video games. But I can take solace in the fact that I was still out working people half my age when I was in my mid 40's.

Lesson for all of you who are under 40; The human body is made to work, run, and play hard. If you aren't taking advantage of it, right now, you are missing out on a great life, IMHO. The experiences you have with gaming pale in comparison to the experiences you can have by actually doing things.

If you think I'm exagerating, ask Sprout, or Purple Alien Giraffe about my exploits. They got to witness them first hand.

Ok, I'll climb off of my soapbox now.

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Old 12-05-2011, 09:41 PM   #17
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One of the barbecue outfits here uses a few sticks of oak.
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Old 12-05-2011, 09:45 PM   #18
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Red oak is pretty popular around these parts. A few restaurants use them.
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