Can’t understand the need for fire in San Diego to one above post. I have burnt bit of windfall eucalyptus in the past and it’s worked very well in the stove. ... At the high end would be Eucalyptus at 34.5 million BTUs per cord and Osage-Orange at 32.9 million. Because of the high moisture content and the oil that’s in eucalyptus wood, it will take longer than most other types of firewood. That claim also triggers suspicion in my BS-ometer. I can spend 1/2 hour keeping the fire lit under the logs using kindling and then the logs do not catch. After 8 years you’ll be able to fell the rest and have an excellent log resource on your hands. So, they need to be on the lookout for predators around the clock. Typical ‘eucalypt’ burnt in the USA is blue gum which I regard as a reasonable compromise in terms of energy density, ‘splitability’, ignitability and remnant coal production. The two very best firewood varieties are Iron Bark and Yellow Box. I use these cracks as guideposts for where to put my splitter. The result is a somewhat lighter log with a charcoal exterior. Words: Nadene Hall Eric Cairns has dedicated his life to growing trees. From pohutukawa in the lower North Island, to eucalyptus in Central Otago, here are some of the best firewood trees by region. Now I know! some over three feet thick. This is harder than most woods (not as bad as seasoned beech, which is the very worst) due to the twisted grain – when it splits, you get a helical surface, not a flat surface as with other wood. I have a drafty old 2400 sw ft ranch house. I can afford to run the heater or even to have firewood delivered to my house. Favorite Answer The rule of thumb for drying wood is that it takes about 1 year to dry 1 inch of diameter. It needs a good bed of coals to keep going, but once you have that, it will burn all nite. What a mystery. Winter fires in a slow combustion heater need to have a soot remover tossed into the firebox when you have the coals toward the end of the season. I have grown up with old eucalyptus groves around my home and i can honestly say that I have never found a greater firewood. It does take about 18 months to 2 years to fully dry if left to air-dry in a stack…putting it in the greenhouse speeds things up to about a year…and if you cut&split it at the end of winter and let it dry until it feels dry on the cut ends(about a month) and the then soak it in water it dry’s in about 6 months over summer in a greenhouse…learned that from an old forester, i stack it in the outer cages from ISO 1000 liter oil pods that can be picked up with the tractor and sit them in a pond for a week or so then stick it in the greenhouse. Lv 6. Wild rabbits are very observant, active animals. Burning wood that hasn’t been seasoned, will cause a very smoky fire if it burns at all, and if you’re using a fireplace or wood burning stove, creosote will build up and can cause a fire. They used the wood and bark to make tools, spears, shields and musical instruments. You can find them on Amazon for a decent price. I split ’em when they’re wet, (by hand, with a maul) and try to dry them at least a year. First, the splitting. When dry and hit with a hammer it rings like metal! The grain can be much more variable and more challenging to split. When the drying is done in a kiln, the product is known as kiln-dried timber or lumber, whereas air drying is the more traditional method.. Eucalyptus conjures images of Australia, whose old-growth forests primarily consist of this large, strong tree. This is the best timber I have ever burned. Wood is essentially a mass of tiny long tubes, or cell cavities, that run the length of the tree. This is not the case with elm firewood. Some of that must have been 10 to 15 years old before I got the franklin in 1978. It’s the eucalyptus equivalent of gold. The bark might come free from the split pieces later when they dry, but I don’t really know. Firewood is not seasoned until the ends turn black and the bark has fallen off. The best red gum is aged for seven years befor burning. Lots of those trees in G.G. I split by hand, partly for the exercise, using an axe for easier stuff and a mall for tougher wood. There are heaps of differing species of above… some are sensational fire wood types others less so. I have heard mixed reviews about eucalyptus firewood. Freshly cut firewood or "green" firewood has a moisture content of 50% or more depending on the species. Hardwoods dry at a rate of 1″ per year under good conditions. This weekend just gone, I did a firewood trip for winter supply to my block in the inner wheat belt, around 130km east of Perth. I live in San Francisco and we burn Euc quite often, (open fireplace). The wood will distort as it dries so to rough out oversize, let season, and then finish turn for best results. For a piece of Outdoor Wood Furniture to stand up to the ravages of nature long term - even in a relatively mild, balmy climate - it must be made of a wood with some natural resistance to rot and insect infestation. We prefer Bloodwood over River Red Gum because often the Red Gum is a bit more smoky and more often not as dry as Bloodwood. Eucalyptus oil comes from distilling the leaves and has many uses. I give the uke a 6 month cure time and it burns well with little ash. Here is a link to the one I have. Manzanita (heats our home well) Suffice to say, my kindling to get the mallet up and cranking was still good old fashioned radiata or pinaster pine. The product helps rid the flue of deposits which are combustible and create scary chimney fires. He said there was nothing to clean out in my chimney. Mega hot, slow burning and amazing to cook on its coals. I like near London in the UK, got some free euc a couple of years ago from a very tall tree with wide diameter. Once you get a start work the edges of the log. Your email address will not be published. takes 1 yr. to season, a 4″ stick tages 2 years, etc. Seasoning refers to splitting the wood soon after the tree is cut so that the wood can dry out. Eucalyptus is a hardwood, and one of the fastest growing trees in the world. It lights readily, lasts about 2/3 as long as a comparable oak log, and makes some really nice heat. Too much creosote accumulation can lead to house fires. Most wood is seasoned within 6 – 9 months but there are so many variables that affect the time it takes to dry firewood. I have found Euc dries quicker than all other woods once it has been split and stacked where sun and air can move through it. MB. If you're concerned about the wood creating too much heat, mix the eucalyptus with other firewood varieties. It will burn poorly if not cured at least a year, probably much more. Probably should’ve split it before it dried, as the advice suggests split while green. we burn eucalyptus every year …. Split the bigger logs you have (lengthwise) - that will help speed things up. Eucalyptus burns well and heats the entire home, but it puts out a smell I don’t care for. You can use the top layer of wood first and next layer will get a chance to dry enough when you are done with that first layer … It is also rich in oil that naturally repels moisture and water. 2. All your fire equipment, ( wood stove, flu, chimney, etc) must be in excellent shape, or there could be problems. Dale, thank you for the input from Australia. 3 Answers. But this is the first time I have heard anyone address the different types of eucalyptus firewood. When it comes to seasoning firewood, things can get a bit tricky. I have compiled an in depth list of the top 3 ways to season or dry your firewood FAST. How Woods Work to Resist Rot. When it all comes down to it, eucalyptus is a good burning wood that puts off a lot of heat and creates a nice bed of coals. l am also extremely Your email address will not be published. You want to split it EARLY! All wood will season naturally (air dry), because the water eventually evaporates from the wood surface until it reaches equilibrium with the humidity of the surrounding air. Birch firewood is properly seasoned when the moisture content … I won’t use anything but Eucalyptus in my fireplace. Well, you came to the right place! The amount of time it takes to season firewood is dependent on a number of factors, but a good rule of thumb is to plan for at least 6-8 months to season your firewood. It is true eucalyptus has a high BTU and burns hot and leaves one heck of a bed of coals that continues to put off alot of heat after the initial burn. Parrots finches, possums and microbats live in some of my deadfalls so they stay in the fields. How to dry wet firewood. The shorter end rounds split OK with the axe, again working the edges rather than trying to split a round in half. Drying time varies with the cut; 2-foot pieces (a standard firewood length) will dry in about six months… Lay some old pavers , bricks or sheet of black plastic down as a bottom layer and stack on that . But then there are others who claim that it burns too hot and too fast and doesn’t last long. It has a twisted grain and should be split when green, since it gets tough as it dries. When my neighbors hired a chimney sweep to drive 50 miles from Payson, I joined in. We like oak because it heats our home very well. 3-4 cords per year. Eucalyptus botryoides, southern mahogany Conditions: well-drained soils Fast-growing, gorgeous timber and firewood tree, coppices well after 5 years. I mean you really have to watch pouring on the wood or you’ll be baked right out of our house. Cedar (because of it’s great smell) The classic and most sort after firewood still has to be the classic ‘ Mallee root. Oh yes. Size: Maple trees usually grow to 50 to 75 feet high in the wild, but when they are used for home landscapes they stay around 20 to 30 f… California forgot about this aspect, and used eucalyptus … Answer Save. We start our internal combustion heater with a handfull of pine needles, two handfulls of kindling and three pieces of gum( eucalypt) about 3inches square. I burn eucalyptus almost exclusively. For me, 18 months is the minimum, two years is okay, but only after about 2.5-3 years does it burn most effectively. I’ve only got an old stove and never had any problems with it burning too hot or anything.