Best and worst firewood for campground and outside fires

mass_burner

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Sep 24, 2013
2,637
SE Mass
Cedar will pop and maybe land in someone's lap.

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begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
78,736
South Puget Sound, WA
The worst wood is wet wood. If it's nice and dry almost anything will work. For the quickest starting fire, a softwood like pine will take off faster.
 
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mass_burner

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Sep 24, 2013
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SE Mass
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EatenByLimestone

Minister of Fire
Jul 12, 2006
7,043
Schenectady, NY
Best is free. Worst us stuff you have to pay for.
 

firefighterjake

Minister of Fire
Jul 22, 2008
18,909
Unity/Bangor, Maine
I pretty much burn my chunks, punks and uglies . . . with a heavy preference on the pine, poplar, cedar, etc.
 

EatenByLimestone

Minister of Fire
Jul 12, 2006
7,043
Schenectady, NY
Pine is wonderful. I burn all I can get ahold of. Of course, all the wood I get ahold of is eventually burnt.
 

xman23

Minister of Fire
Oct 7, 2008
1,967
Lackawaxen PA
I burn everything that is to punkey to go into the wood pile. Never split any of it, When it's hot a 12 inch round burns fine.
 

semipro

Minister of Fire
Jan 12, 2009
3,602
SW Virginia
I find the pops and cinders to be exciting.
I find that they put holes in my plastic clothing, sleeping bags, tents, etc. which does excite me greatly.
Big bonfires are a major social event where we live so I always wear cotton-based clothes like Carhartt to those now.
 

EatenByLimestone

Minister of Fire
Jul 12, 2006
7,043
Schenectady, NY
What kind of plastic clothing do you wear?
 

semipro

Minister of Fire
Jan 12, 2009
3,602
SW Virginia
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semipro

Minister of Fire
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EatenByLimestone

Minister of Fire
Jul 12, 2006
7,043
Schenectady, NY
Lol. Was trying to get the mental image burned into my brain of Saran wrap clothing out.
 

semipro

Minister of Fire
Jan 12, 2009
3,602
SW Virginia

EatenByLimestone

Minister of Fire
Jul 12, 2006
7,043
Schenectady, NY
Lol
 

lml999

Feeling the Heat
Oct 25, 2013
430
Cape Cod, Massachusetts
Cedar will pop and maybe land in someone's lap.
Just finished building an outdoor shower from cedar and mahogany (for the deck). Have lots of cedar scraps (and just a little mahogany) left over...threw some in a fireplace fire this weekend...yes, it does pop!
 

Sodbuster

Minister of Fire
Sep 22, 2012
1,097
Michigan
I pretty much burn my chunks, punks and uglies . . . with a heavy preference on the pine, poplar, cedar, etc.
I pretty much burn my chunks, punks and uglies . . . with a heavy preference on the pine, poplar, cedar, etc.
That's exactly what i do as well Jake, Chunks and uglies to too much of a hassle to burn in the stove. If I come to a notch, whore, or other anomaly, I just cut around it and keep going with the nice round stuff.
 

firefighterjake

Minister of Fire
Jul 22, 2008
18,909
Unity/Bangor, Maine
That's exactly what i do as well Jake, Chunks and uglies to too much of a hassle to burn in the stove. If I come to a notch, whore, or other anomaly, I just cut around it and keep going with the nice round stuff.
It may be illegal in most places . . . but that seems a bit drastic. :)
 
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EatenByLimestone

Minister of Fire
Jul 12, 2006
7,043
Schenectady, NY
Seems like he likes his curves in the right places!