Kim Jong Ir LSU Fan Baton Rouge Member since Jan 2008 37607 posts
Can crepe myrtle be used as firewood?Posted by Kim Jong Ir on 10/24/12 at 3:34 pm
I lost a crepe myrtle in Hurricane Isaac. The friend that helped me cut it up told me that it is OK to use it as firewood. I had never heard of this, but I saved a few logs and figured I'd give it a try. Has anybody ever heard of burning crepe myrtle in a fireplace? How does it burn? Will it smoke or will it burn clean like a hardwood?
Thanks. I don't have a fireplace but love to make fires outside in a pit I have and to cook on. A friend just pruned A LOT of pecan tress and a few big oaks. I've been cutting some of both and was just wondering what the preference was.
Tigris Montana Fan Walmart Parking Lot Member since Jul 2005 7861 posts Online
re: Can crepe myrtle be used as firewood?Posted by Tigris on 10/24/12 at 5:14 pm to Geauxtiga
quote: What's the best wood to burn in a fireplace?
Believe it or not Dogwood is damn good firewood. It is very dense so it burns a long time and the trunk is really never large enough that you have to split it. When they put in a local freeway they went through some woods full of dogwoods and I burned mostly dogwood that winter.
Other than that I mostly try to get white oak and red oak.
I think crepe myrtle would probably be fine; it's pretty dense wood. Cure it good though since it holds a lot of water.
quote: i do know tallow trees are one of the worst to burn, though
Smells like burning plastic.
quote: A big pile of split green pecan logs smells incredible.
An old cedar tree fell on our property about 30 years ago, and I cut some of that off and put in the fireplace. It popped like hell, but it smelled awesome. The tree is still on the ground where it fell.