Burning Spruce

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  1. firecracker_77

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    Love the smell of pine. Almost wish I had an open hearth. The stove wastes the aroma. Sap on my fingers from handling is aromatic though
     
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    Lots of Spruce here.
    Sappy, but smells nice.
     
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    I really like burning pine in the early part of the burn season, and whenever I want to burn coals down. I know alot of people say it burns up to fast but I can easily get a good 12 hour burn out of a load of pine in my stove without overheating the house when it's warmer outside.
     
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    For sure the aroma makes cutting pine pleasant. Of course the fact that it cuts easy has something to say about it too.
     
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    What I love about it is when all the chips stick to your clothes, hair, and pretty much anything when cutting.
    That's the fun part right there.:rofl: :lol:
     
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    Spruce is pretty good wood ,
    dries fast & lasts a long time dead standing, light weight when dry
    Liming is the toughest part, lots of limbs in the top 1/2.
    Best if cut in the winter, the sap is not as sticky.

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    Yours are different than mine, evidently.
    There are limbs every inch or so all the way around and all the way up.o_O
    They're freakin' everywhere.
    Ok, so maybe that's a slight exaggeration, but there sure are a lot of limbs on these suckers.:rofl: :lol:
     
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    the spruce I've burned was like fireworks
     
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    I cut some a little while ago. Probably not really completely ready to burn. :emb:

    All wood burns. And I'm with my stove all day so reloads don't matter to me.
     
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    I love making bonfires out of it. Especially tossing on large quantities of limbs and watching the smoking inferno erupt.
     
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    Growing by them selves, away from other trees, limbs from the ground to the top
    In the woods here, lower limbs fall off over it's growth life.
    Lots of liming either way, several dead, sharp, nub limbs to deal with too.
    Spruce are tougher work; tree to firewood.
    Pic of some spruce mixed in with birch I might get to.
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    Heck...I don't know if that's what I have come to look at it. Buddy told me it was Spruce, but he just dropped off logs. Didn't see the tree
     
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    We have some spruce around here that smells like cat pee when the heat hits it. I think it is white spruce but it is refered to as cat pi$$ spruce. I had transplanted one to my front yard, but when it was 20 ft tall, I had to remove it because when the sun hit it, you couldn't stand being near it. Had some junipers in a hedge that also had that issue. They are gone also. We have hemlock, pine and fir trees that burn ok and don't stink.
     
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    I agree, spruce tree needles/limbs, when liming here stink .
     
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    Yep, lots of nubs to deal with.
    I'll need to take some pics when I get back in the woods.
     
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    Seems when cutting spruce, you are dusty & dirty & you come back looking like you were in a fight with a cat,
    scratches all over the body.
     
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    pine and spruce with lots of lower branches ?
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    Some kind of Maple, Bill?
    I've got a few Maple with multiple trunks, and branches that put Spruce to shame.
     
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    No that's white pine. Hard to make out that it is a bright sunny day yet quite dark under the dense pine. They grew like christmas trees in clear cut - first growth/pioneer species. Heavy bottom branching. There were christmas trees there too at one time. So dense you could not walk through them at one point.
    oak in the foreground. There are a few oak , not many.
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    The maple let a little more light thru this time of year. Pics taken minutes apart.
     

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    I burned some blue spruce this winter, great for restarts or quick blasts of heat......yes it smells nice too..

    The problem with any pine IMO is it burns up pretty fast and leaves no real coal bed. But it definitely has its place in the stacks.