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BeerGeek

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So, after my first year in biz, I've managed to collect a couple of different logs in my wood pile that I have questions about burning in my fireplace:

Black Locust (I know people who burn this in stoves and firepits, but remember something long ago about a noxious odor/gas for fireplaces)
American Hornbeam/Ironwood (I have about 4 logs of this from a condo site, and may be getting plenty more; 30+ yr old trees all 30+ ft tall)
Empress Tree/Paulownia tomentosa (a few friends made the mistake of planting next to their houses; 7-8 yrs later I cut a bunch of them down and now have about 20 rounds of this that stopped sprouting and seem to be cured)


Fireplace vid attached
View attachment fireplace_2020.mp4
Thanx in advance!
 

lxskllr

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In the stove thread I mentioned how I thought my black locust smelled especially good; kinda like ham. Haven't burned a lot of it yet to get a good feel for it, but so far I'm impressed.
 

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Around here hornbeam is the best firewood one can get.
Not for hand splitting, though.
 

BeerGeek

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As a note of clarity, the hornbeam I am dealing with is American Hornbeam/Carpinus Caroliniana. What Cobleskill mentioned is Hophornbeam/Ostrya Virginiana, which I've only stumbled across once that I know of here. Stig, I'm assuming what you run across on your side of the pond is European Hornbeam/Carpinus Betulus, which appears to be the bigger cousin of what I'm dealing with, but seems to have similar qualities.

Thanx all so far.
 

Marc-Antoine

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I'd class Paulownia's wood like willow or poplar. There isn't much wood in the log, but mostly water and air. It can burn when dried, but don't expect to get a nice bed of ambers.
 

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Thx, Marc. I'll leave that stuff for the firepit/chiminea.
 
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