How Do You Identify Hardwood Trees for Firewood?


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The ideal hardwood trees to cut for firewood are trees that have visible signs of disease or damage, and smaller trees located near large trees with expansive branches and leaves. In addition, wolf trees make good firewood, and are identified by their short trunks and large, knotted branches.

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How Do You Identify Hardwood Trees for Firewood?
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In general, it is a good idea to seek out hardwood trees that don't have a good chance of long-term survival due to disease or some type of damage. For instance, some trees are so badly diseased that they are threats to surrounding healthy trees. These are trees that tend to have abnormal-looking trunks and branches. These trees tend to have unsightly bulges, marks and knots. In addition to insect infestation and fungal damage, trees are prone to damage due to lightening strikes and animal grazing. Since these trees no longer have aesthetic value or health, it is acceptable to use them for firewood.

Some trees are healthy, but cutting them for firewood poses no risk to the forest as a whole. When there are numerous tall trees with heavy leaf cover, smaller trees growing closer to the ground don't get adequate sunlight. Cutting small trees in this circumstance is acceptable, because they can never flourish. Another option for obtaining firewood is thinning the branches of quality hardwoods, which promotes healthy tree growth.

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