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Cottonwood? #7384551
10/21/21 11:25 AM
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I'm 99% sure cottonwood is a burn in the field or let rot and I have never tried it. Tree guy called and said he has one coming up. I don't want his trash I have to deal with but at the same time want to be on his radar when he has good wood. I told him he can bring it but I'm sure I will regret it.

Should I call him back and tell him I don't want it?

Re: Cottonwood? [Re: Providence Farm] #7384578
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Depends on the stage itís at it has a point where itís not that bad to burn I call it the bowling pin stage with that solid clunk to it but itís discolored or soft burn it in one big pile then. The limbs often make better burning material then the main trunk themselves.


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Re: Cottonwood? [Re: Providence Farm] #7384585
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Cottonwood makes very good sheeting for barns. A friend of mine, who has a sawmill, sheets all of his barns with cottonwood. The advantage of cottonwood is that lots of tall wide trees are available. Once the wood is dry, it's very light weight and easy to hold in place while its being nailed. As long as you nail through the cottonwood, into a harder wood, it will stay in place. Cottonwood does not hold a nail well on its own.

Cottonwood makes good butts for thrown weapons such as spears, knives and axes. Almost all the thrown weapons events I have gone to use cottonwood. Weapons stick well and don't bounce back. Wet cottonwood can take a lot of abuse and the cuts close well when you pull the weapons out. Large rounds of cottonwood are typically free to cheap. If your sons like throwing weapons, you should mount a cottonwood butt for them,, about 4 feet high.

Keith

Re: Cottonwood? [Re: Providence Farm] #7384589
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Nothing wrong with it if it's dry but not rotten. It burns hot but doesn't last real long. I know two guys who favor cottonwood over ash. They have hotrod chainsaws and it makes them tingle when they can roar thru cottonwood with their high performance saws. laugh


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Re: Cottonwood? [Re: Providence Farm] #7384608
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Im assuming its green now.

Re: Cottonwood? [Re: Providence Farm] #7384630
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It burns fast and leaves a lot of ash in the stove. We are in hard up area for firewood and folks here pass on it when they can burn spruce.

I know a guy in the lower 48 that that makes syrup and he uses cottonwood exclusively for the boiling. He says it burns hotter.

Re: Cottonwood? [Re: Providence Farm] #7384633
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Originally Posted by Providence Farm
Im assuming its green now.

If that's the case I'd definitely pass it up.


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Re: Cottonwood? [Re: Providence Farm] #7384634
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A cord of cottonwood produces 2 cords of ash. Keeps you warm just cleaning the stove and packing out the ash!


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Re: Cottonwood? [Re: Providence Farm] #7384642
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Green cotton wood. -- PASS


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Re: Cottonwood? [Re: Providence Farm] #7384646
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But to reiterate.....good dry cottonwood burns hot and feels good. There's been times I've been darn glad to have it.


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Re: Cottonwood? [Re: Providence Farm] #7384655
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Maybe mix it with good wood to just get rid of it next year? Like 1 piece to 5-7 others in the wood burner.

Re: Cottonwood? [Re: lumberjack391] #7384803
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Originally Posted by lumberjack391
Maybe mix it with good wood to just get rid of it next year? Like 1 piece to 5-7 others in the wood burner.


That's what I was thinking if I end up with it. I have an outdoor stove so can burn things I wouldn't in the house.

I don't mind taking some crap wood as long as he also brings good stuff also. That's the catch. I don't want to be the stop for all the trash. Esp since he has a Crain and they will be in large logs I will have to spend time cutting to move it.

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We use it almost exclusively its plentiful here. It burns hot and leaves alot of ash. Way better than 2:50 propane.

Re: Cottonwood? [Re: KeithC] #7384817
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Originally Posted by KeithC
Cottonwood makes very good sheeting for barns. A friend of mine, who has a sawmill, sheets all of his barns with cottonwood. The advantage of cottonwood is that lots of tall wide trees are available. Once the wood is dry, it's very light weight and easy to hold in place while its being nailed. As long as you nail through the cottonwood, into a harder wood, it will stay in place. Cottonwood does not hold a nail well on its own.

Cottonwood makes good butts for thrown weapons such as spears, knives and axes. Almost all the thrown weapons events I have gone to use cottonwood. Weapons stick well and don't bounce back. Wet cottonwood can take a lot of abuse and the cuts close well when you pull the weapons out. Large rounds of cottonwood are typically free to cheap. If your sons like throwing weapons, you should mount a cottonwood butt for them,, about 4 feet high.

Keith


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Are you talking outside sheeting? Or does it need siding over it? I figured it would rot in the weather, I've used it inside, if it dries you bout have to pre drill to drive a nail in it.

Re: Cottonwood? [Re: Providence Farm] #7384843
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If you have a wood boiler outside, cottonwood should be just fine to toss in there. If it is as big as some we have here, it may take a good long while to dry if you don't cut it up into smaller stuff. It does burn hot when dry, like aspen, and it does ash up a bunch. It is the newspaper of firewood. I'd grab it, you sure as heck can't beat the price, plus it is delivered! Bonus! It will burn great in temps like we are haveing now, when you need the chill taken off the morning, but don't need a glowing bed of coals to take you through the afternoon and evening before you toss it full for the night. As Broadway Joe & Jimmy "J J' Walker would say.......It's freeeeeeeeee!

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Re: Cottonwood? [Re: Providence Farm] #7384867
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When the choice is cottonwood or nothing; I take cottonwood every time.

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Re: Cottonwood? [Re: Providence Farm] #7384893
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If someone is gonna bring firewood to my house I'll take whatever they bring. You don't want him to pass on you next time when the wood is good.

Re: Cottonwood? [Re: Providence Farm] #7384896
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good news is it burns

bad news is it looses about 60% of it's weight as it dries

it starts near the heaviest wood per cord green and ends one of the lightest.

it has half the heat of oak for a cord

the up side is when it is dry it makes good kindling

and it typically splits fairly well

it is very similar to poplar poplar is actually worse

it does make decent kindling to get other wood burning , but it has about as much heat in it as a roll of toilet paper weighs about the same dry ok a little more

her is a list of wood and btu per cord and expected weight

https://forestry.usu.edu/forest-products/wood-heating

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Re: Cottonwood? [Re: Providence Farm] #7384901
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I will tool the dice and see if he brings some better stuff later. Sounds like I can mix it in and will be ok. I think he said it was about 3' I'm guessing across so I will takes Keiths advice and make some target's also. My boys will love that. Knifes and ax throwing they love. Well honestly anything that moves a projectile.

Re: Cottonwood? [Re: Providence Farm] #7384902
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I hate it when someone ask for wood then they only want nice oak. If they are running a crane take it all, probably be 70% softwood but you can get some great valuable saw logs off crane crews.

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