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Old Yesterday, 07:40   #1
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Sycamore firewood?

I had a bad experience with sycamore and I have given up on it as firewood. I cut a LOT of that stuff, and it would barely burn. Now I have had 2 neighbors tell me it is good wood but it must season at least 1 year. I had only seasoned 6 months or so.
This is kind of a big deal for me. If I can use sycamore for fire wood it very much changes how I am managing my land here. But I really want to know for sure before I start this.

Anybody?
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When there is a forest fire/wildland fire do the sycamore trees burn with the rest of the trees or are they somehow not burned? I would think that the answer to that answers the question.
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It looks like sycamore has a very high moisture content. Seasoning a year+ makes sense. See table 1.

https://www.extension.purdue.edu/ext...R/FNR-109.html
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It looks like sycamore has a very high moisture content. Seasoning a year+ makes sense. See table 1.

https://www.extension.purdue.edu/ext...R/FNR-109.html
Wowzers! You're right. That's a super high moisture content compared to the others.
Good info, thanks!
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Sycamore Is the worst damned wood I ever tried to split and burn. I wouldn't accept a free cord of it.
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Sycamore will never be as good as oak or hickory. If you can keep it in a dry shed for a year, it will be acceptable. Throw a stick of sycamore in your stove and then something else. Mix it in with other wood.
What kind of stove do you have?
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Sycamore will never be as good as oak or hickory. If you can keep it in a dry shed for a year, it will be acceptable. Throw a stick of sycamore in your stove and then something else. Mix it in with other wood.
What kind of stove do you have?
Average wood stove.
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