It’s probably safer to use your beach finds for decor and mounted planters instead. Furthermore, lots of people report that horse chestnut gives off an unpleasant odor when burned - an odor not unlike that of manure. Oleander shrubs thrive in frost-free climates and every part of it is toxic. Zale Addicted to ArboristSite. Horse chestnut will produce 13.8 million BTUs per cord. Skip this one if you’re looking for decent firewood. Keep in mind too, that all chestnuts can cross-pollinate - so you may have more trouble trying to identify a tree because it’s actually a hybrid. Unfortunately, it can be tough to tell the many types of chestnut trees apart. Why trust us? The flames will be small, but they’ll be strong and have good heating value. Here are some tips on firewood NOT to buy. They will be almost a reddish-brown in color, while the twigs from sweet chestnut are dark brown and those from horse chestnut are a pale brown (though they can also have a red tinge to them, too). You’ll want to be careful about chopping it down if that applies to your location. This wood would be a good fit for my situation. The best way to figure out what kind of chestnut you have is to consider your location. Burning salt-saturated driftwood is a bad idea as it can release toxic or harmful chemicals when burned, according to the EPA. Anyone have much experience burning the stuff? American chestnut is the rarest chestnut tree but can be identified by its leaves, which have large, sharp, and hooked teeth. Firewood Info Chart based on data from: U.S. Forest Products Laboratory (and numerous other sources) Here is collected data from many reliable sources regarding important characteristics of firewood, to best decide which might be appropriate for burning in your woodstove or fireplace. Note *4 White Pine is used for new home construction. I am planning on doing a little experiment to find out which wood is best for campfires and fire pits. White Oak is a great firewood for holding a fire overnight. Don’t use it in an open fireplace, as it will send a lot of sparks flying. However, these types of chestnut are frequently used as firewood. Click here for more information. I farm a good bit of ground and we have about 350 acres of river bottom woods . American chestnut will produce 18.0 million BTUs per cord. You can burn Chinese chestnut for firewood, but lots of people report that it gives off an odor of rotting meat when burned. I saw only one old thread here that discussed how well it burned, and I get the impression it's not all that hot. Unfortunately, there’s no short answer to this question. If you live where there are mild winters, then this could be a good fit for you. Explains sealant options and repair ideas. Don’t buy firewood that's too long to fit easily inside your fireplace or fire pit. Blue ash, American chestnut, the Kentucky coffee tree: There are more than 20 endangered species of native trees in North America, and by their very rareness you're unlikely to find any in a batch of firewood for sale. The natural 60%-70% moisture content must be reduced to about 20% to burn well. So this means that I have a wood stove that I use during the winter, but I don’t need it to burn super hot all of the time. Depending on the species of wood, needs to season for about 12 months. Dwarf chestnut is very rarely used as firewood. In England, oversold (or neglected) chestnuts have very little value in the timber market. You may be better off saving this wood and using some other kind of wood in your fireplace. Though the pests travel slowly on their own, moving an infected log can put new forests at risk and undermine conservation efforts. I grab it for my logpile whenever I get the chance. A good rule of thumb is to cut firewood this year so you can use it next year. Don't even think about throwing just any ol' log on the fire. The wood cells don't lose much moisture through the bark; the moisture is most effectively removed through the cut cells at the ends of each piece. Cottonwood. David Adkins, an inspection manager with the Ohio Department of Agriculture, says that if you have any suspicions, buy only enough for a single fire and follow the "use it all, burn it all" rule. American chestnut makes great firewood, but it’s important that you don’t get this firewood species confused with two other tree species - horse chestnut (which is not actually a true chestnut) and Chinese chestnut (which is somewhat better than horse chestnut, but still not the best).