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Trebor66 wrote: by Bob Barber
JUDGING THE WOOD
Most woods (PINE, FIR ASPEN) harvested in the 285 corridor have such a similar heat output that the species makes little difference. What makes the difference is how dry and well seasoned the wood is. Dry, well seasoned, dense wood starts fast, burns hot, does not create a lot of creosote.
The main points to look for are:
1. The wood is NOT GREEN (recently cut). Green wood will be heavy and you will see signs of moisture and/or sap on the ends.
2. The wood IS DRY & WELL SEASONED and shows no signs of rot, mush or spongy wood.
Split vs. Rounds -- Difference is minor, but split burns up faster.
Rounds tend to burn longer and are best for an overnight fire.
Why get a cord of mixed species -- Aspen helps clean the flue.
A mixture of pine, fir and aspen gives you some flexibility in how fast you want the room to heat up, how long you want the fire to burn and do you want to help reduce the creosote formation in the flue.
Aspen starts fast and burns hot. It will generate heat quicker than fir or pine, but will also burn up faster. It helps to dry out the creosote and send the ash out the flue.
A nice sized round fir log or two are perfect for an overnight fire.
How to build the fire
There are as many ways to start a fire as there are fire starters. I have found the following to be very effective.
Start with 10 or so sheets of bunched up newspaper. Add a liberal layer of kindling. Add some 2”- 3”logs. Put 2 sheets of bunched up newspaper on top of the logs. Light this top layer of newspaper first. This starts the draft necessary to keep the fire going. Then light the bottom layer of newspaper. You should have a blazing fire in just a few minutes. Now add some bigger logs.
Do not waste wood -- Control the air intake -- Buy a magnetic temperature gauge
A fire needs a good supply of incoming air. But too much air will just burn up the wood faster. A magnetic gauge affixed to the stove will tell you if the fire is not burning fast enough, in the OK area or burning too fast. Controlling the air intake will keep the fire producing maximum heat without burning too fast or too hot. Gauges are inexpensive and available at your local hardware store.
Have a question or comment? Feel free to call or email me.
[center:1o3j81js]RICHMOND HILL FIREWOOD Conifer, CO
Bob Barber aka Trebor66
Valle Girl wrote: Thanks...what can you tell me about pinion?
Years ago I was getting pinion (with some juniper) cords from a guy in Canon City.
One thing I can tell you is that it smells FANTASTIC !!!