Depends on what the other wood was. Cherry is pretty good wood for a
fireplace, though mediocre for a wood stove. I have never noticed any smell
from it, but you shouldn't from a properly functioning fireplace or stove.
If the other wood was "mixed hardwoods" then the cherry might have been
worth a premium. Some hardwoods are pretty bad and give you more ash than
I have 18 acres of oak, sugar maple, cherry and hickory; but when there is
storm I scout neighborhoods with black locust looking for cut up trees.
Black locust is primo for wood stoves and worth the effort.
Firewood dealers know how to chisel, just like everyone else. Some can
stack a "cord" that compacts 30% when you restack it, some take advantage of
the broadleaf definition of hardwood to include bass, aspen, or, as one
jobber in the area was notorious for - black ash, which _never_ dries. Even
willow is a hardwood, but it'll put a fire out.
A pound of wood is a pound of wood. The best is the one with the highest
dry weight, plus or minus a bit of coaling capability.
we bought a cord of "mixed hardwood" last year from a tree service..
had quite a bit of redwood in it!
Never considered redwood a hardwood OR firewood... it's fire resistant
and tends to char and stop burning, to protect itself from forest
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The website is misleading. It considers only the value of wood for heating
purposes. Cherry is not that good for heating. But it produces a nice
flame, and is good for a decorative fire; which is what most people
(especially those who don't know one wood from another) want.
As I said, black locust is the best stove wood, but it is not so good for a
It makes a nice flavor on smoked chicken. I've never burned any quantity of
it so I don't know how it performs. I'd not pay extra for it for my use in
a wood stove. Maybe a fireplace is different if it looks pretty burning.
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