On Oct 30, 6:21 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org (Doug Miller) wrote:
I just got a nice load of 3" thick hickory cut-offs from some stairs
we're making. It's all checked to hell because the purchaser of the
stairs sawed it himself from his land, but it'll make for some nice
Actually - I really don't know. When it comes to sub-dividing soft maple
into various types, it's all lost on me. For what grows in my woods - it's
close enough to differentiate between hard maple and soft maple. Both make
nice heat. Have no idea what type of soft maple grows here though.
Your soft maple's probably red maple, then. Decent firewood. Decent furniture
wood, too, for that matter, though not as good as sugar maple for either
purpose -- but way, way better than silver maple, which is too soft and
light to be much use.
Doug Miller (alphageek at milmac dot com)
Pound of wood is a pound of wood when you're burning. So at the same
moisture content you go with the heaviest. Sugar maple @ SG 0.66, red at
0.56 and silver at 0.50 should give you an idea. Tulip-poplar is 0.46 .
You're a bit lazy if you can't take the time it takes to look up your local
stuff or ask your county agent.
rated as very soft maple. If you want to maximize heat output per load of
wood, go for sugar maple, but the others still produce heat, and if it is
this time of the year you don't want a lot all at once, or the fire to last
all night, they are still good.
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