Mark Issenberg on fri 19 dec 97
Mornin Everybody: I have been going thru my wood pile and trying to burn
it all up in case we actually do sell this house. Of course, it is our
cold, deep winter. 65 degrees...
Out of curiosity, are there any knife makers out there? I have some
incredible pieces of mahogony, albesia, lyceloma, black mangrove, and
some other tropical hardwoods. It would be a shame to have to burn these
all up. If there's anyone who could use them, let me know.
On another note, does anybody know of a real firing cannon for sale? Or
any big bells like an old church bell or school bell?
I do have bamboo for brushes. I tried to tell Arturo that I am having
hard time getting to him.
Mark in Miami where it's 52 this morning and the grapefruit tree is
loaded with fruit ready to eat.
Janet Kaiser on fri 25 may 01
I thought the European wood-firers on the list would be
interested in this piece of wood lore:
Oaken logs if dry and old,
Keep away the winter's cold;
Poplar gives a bitter smoke
Fills your eyes and makes you choke;
Elm wood burns like graveyard mould
Even the very flames are cold;
Apple wood will scent the room
Pear wood smells as flowers in bloom;
But ash wood wet and ash wood dry
A King to warm his slippers by.
Beech wood fires burn bright and clear
If the logs be kept for a year;
Chestnut's only good they say,
If for years, 'tis stored away.
Birch and firwoods burn too fast
Blaze too bright and do not last;
But ash wood green and ash wood brown
Are fit for a Queen with a golden crown!
Of course it only includes woods indigenous here in the
UK, with nothing more exotic than pear wood, but it may
help when being offered a lorry load of your choice.
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Des Howard on sat 26 may 01
I suspect that firewood lore expressed in the post only
applies to household fires.
I'll give you our local householder firewood lore & compare
it to our experience in woodfiring. It doesn't matter that
the trees are local, mostly eucalypts.
Ironbark & red box:
Lore - good clean burning, hot, good ember build-up, little ash.
Us - Burns like coke, very small flame, little ash.
Lore - clean burning, long hot flame, good ember build-up.
Us - long hot flame, way too many embers
Lore - long medium hot flame, forms heavy char,
useless for shutting down a slow combustion stove.
Us - long medium hot flame, no embers.
Lore - useless, long "cold" flame, very heavy ash, smothers embers.
Us - same
Local baker - excellent long soft flame for his oven.
Native cypress pine:
Lore - only good for kindling, spits embers onto floors.
Us - very resinous, long hot flame.
We fired a Bourry box with 1/3 yellow box & 1/3 stringy bark,
increasing one or the other to keep the correct amount of embers
in the pit, 1/3 cypress pine was used to keep a long rolling
flame going through the kiln, 33 ft from primary/secondary airholes
to top of chimney, no smoke (well, maybe the odd faint puff,
we would no more let a wood kiln smoke than we would let a gas kiln),
& only a 4 gal drum of ashes to empty from 2 fire boxes
after 3 tonnes of stoking, no red-hot ember raking.
Janet Kaiser wrote:
> I thought the European wood-firers on the list would be
> interested in this piece of wood lore:
> Oaken logs if dry and old,
> Keep away the winter's cold;
> Poplar gives a bitter smoke
> Fills your eyes and makes you choke;
> Elm wood burns like graveyard mould
> Even the very flames are cold;
> Apple wood will scent the room
> Pear wood smells as flowers in bloom;
> But ash wood wet and ash wood dry
> A King to warm his slippers by.
> Beech wood fires burn bright and clear
> If the logs be kept for a year;
> Chestnut's only good they say,
> If for years, 'tis stored away.
> Birch and firwoods burn too fast
> Blaze too bright and do not last;
> But ash wood green and ash wood brown
> Are fit for a Queen with a golden crown!
> Of course it only includes woods indigenous here in the
> UK, with nothing more exotic than pear wood, but it may
> help when being offered a lorry load of your choice.
Des & Jan Howard
LUE NSW 2850
Ph/Fax 02 6373 6419
Steve Mills on wed 30 may 01
In message , Janet Kaiser
>I thought the European wood-firers on the list would be
>interested in this piece of wood lore:
>Birch and firwoods burn too fast
>Blaze too bright and do not last;
Which explains why most UK wood-firers use Fir and most French wood-
firers use Birch!
gary navarre on mon 27 dec 10
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up in the burn pile after I gave it a slap with the machete. The Balsam I'm=
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tony clennell on mon 27 dec 10
Mel is right about wood is not always wood. Last year I discovered a
source of dead red oak with ants crawling out of it that I thought
would be the end all and be all of wood for wood firing. It was dry,
it was hard, it had no bark which meant it was really dry. It choked
our firebox with coal like no tomorrow. It was like trying to fire
with steel beams. We spent hours trying to get it to ignite in the
firebox but it just turned to logs of steel. I had promised Sheila
this wood would be like a nuclear blast off. To this day I don't get
why it didn't fire hot. We had tried it first in our home wood stove
and it barely got the stove over 200F.
Wood is the one thing that makes all the difference to all of our wood
firings. Bad wood and we slave, good wood and we run around trying to
slow down the train.