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Kim Jong Ir
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Can crepe myrtle be used as firewood?



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?






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LSUFan3434
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re: Can crepe myrtle be used as firewood?


never known anyone to use it

i do know tallow trees are one of the worst to burn, though....i know that's of no help to you






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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: Can crepe myrtle be used as firewood?


It'll probably be smokey and ashy.

Burn a few pieces in your yard first.






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Ole Geauxt
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It'll probably be smokey and ashy.

i'm thinking something between beech and iron oak burning?






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Geauxtiga
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re: Can crepe myrtle be used as firewood?


What's the best wood to burn in a fireplace? Is there any difference between oak and pecan?





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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: Can crepe myrtle be used as firewood?


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best wood to burn in a fireplace


Very dry, cured hardwood

Oak is easiest to get. Pecan has a good smell to it but it's a little more smokey. Great for cooking.



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LoneStarTiger
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re: Can crepe myrtle be used as firewood?


it will probably be good to burn, but I'd hate to have to split it







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Geauxtiga
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re: Can crepe myrtle be used as firewood?


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.





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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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re: Can crepe myrtle be used as firewood?


Both are great for cooking.

Fresh green pecan is what most people prefer.






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jimbeam
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re: Can crepe myrtle be used as firewood?


We burn mainly pecan





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GREENHEAD22
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re: Can crepe myrtle be used as firewood?


I thought there is a certain Pecan that is better for cooking?





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jimbeam
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re: Can crepe myrtle be used as firewood?


No idea.





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Geauxtiga
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re: Can crepe myrtle be used as firewood?


Green pecan burns?





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Kim Jong Ir
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it will probably be good to burn, but I'd hate to have to split it


It was a relatively small tree, so no splitting required on the branches I kept.






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DownshiftAndFloorIt
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Green pecan burns?


Not well, but it smokes ALOT. That's why people like cooking with it.

ETA: A big pile of split green pecan logs smells incredible.



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Geauxtiga
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Oh okay.





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Tigris
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re: Can crepe myrtle be used as firewood?


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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.






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Tchefuncte Tiger
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re: Can crepe myrtle be used as firewood?


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i do know tallow trees are one of the worst to burn, though


Smells like burning plastic.

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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.



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AUTimbo
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Ash is one of my faves. Burns on the fast side but coals up good. Usually start my all day fires with it before adding oak





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Python
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I like oak myself.







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