You are very welcome...Preppernurse has some good videos on tapping and making syrupKink wrote: ↑Sun Jan 13, 2019 5:44 pm
Thank you for the heads up . I'm trying to get a large variety of woods so I can experiment on which burns hotter/the longest. I heard hardwoods are good for that so have been trying to find maple/oak/ash trees. Also I've read that the good thing about hardwoods is that you don't kill them, when you cut them in winter time, it promotes regeneration in the tree itself and come spring will start to produce new shoots . But still gonna avoid the maples now, I'd like to try harvesting sap sometime
When we lived in Montana and only had a wood stove, we learned that Cherry burns the longest and hottest (but it is so pretty I kept taking pieces to carve and make stuff with)...Oak is next best, and then we would mix in some pine because that burns fast and hot so you are not waiting around fussing with it. So start with pine, or another soft wood that is rough split so there are fibers to catch easily...then once you have nice coals, toss in a hard wood.
Also cooking on the wood stove, you can add in wood that burns long and cool, like Hickory, so you have a nice long lasting low flame, Hickory often just burns like coal with barely a flame at all. (and it smells nice)
At night, I would put a hickory in the bottom, then two cherry on top, make sure I saw them catch...then tamp it down for a slow burn. We would be nice and warm all night, and there would still be coals in the morning. Toss in a pine, insta flames...then push it aside to clear the ash, and add whatever wood we needed. you get it I'm sure