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 6785 posts
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.