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Forum topic by Andrewbarbarian posted 12-06-2018 12:39 AM 813 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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12-06-2018 12:39 AM

I took out two trees 2-3 years ago. One was a redwood and one was a liquid amber. I sawed them into logs and then split them. I stacked them out back and figured I would use them for camp firewood.

About a year ago we put in a backyard fireplace. Tried burning both species of wood in it and kept going out. Only when I mixed it with oak will it stay lit. The guy who built the fireplace was kind of a hack so I figured maybe I wasn’t getting enough draw since the chimney was shorter than a home fireplace. I also didn’t have a grate to lift the wood up for air. So I bought a grate and still same results. Even if I burn some oak or something else and get some good coals going and nice fire. As soon as the oak or old pine is about burned up, fire starts going down.

Then we went on a camping trip with friends. I took some of both species of wood. We had a fire in a recycled washing machine tub. The wood was mixed with our friends wood (didn’t pay attention to what it was). Had a great fire all weekend with all the wood.

We have a fake gas logs in our real brick fireplace in the house. I took them out because wanted to have a real fire for ambiance (crackle). Started the fire fine with some oak. Through a piece of redwood on. Seem to be doing fine. Added some liquid amber…again was going great. Then as soon as the oak was gone. Fire died down and eventually out. I tried to keep repositioning the burning logs with negative results.

I know these two species aren’t great for burning inside. I know how these threads can get off topic so I just wanted to point that out.

Any thoughts on this. I have made/had a lot of fires throughout my years and never had a wood like this.

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