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Here is a wood chart. it tells us the BTU'S the wood can provide and about how long to dry the wood species

Common NameSpecies NameWeight(lbs./Cord)MBTU/CordMonths to Dry
Osage Orange (Hedge)Maclura pomifera4,84530.012
Oak, GambleQuercus gambelii3,81828.036
OliveOlea europaea4,20526.724
AlmondPrunus dulcis4,29826.724
Hop Hornbeam (Ironwood)Ostrya virginiana4,25026.424
Persimmon, AmericanDiospyros virginiana4,16525.836
MesquiteProsopis cineraria4,09925.524
Hickory, ShagbarkCarya ovata4,08025.324
TanoakNotholithocarpus densiflorus3,74025.112
Dogwood, PacificCornus nuttallii3,99524.824
Holly, AmericanIlex Opaca3,99524.818
Pine, PinyonPinus edulis3,07424.712
Birch, BlackBetula lenta3,91024.218
Oak, WhiteQuercus alba3,91024.236
Madrone, Pacific (Arbutus)Arbutus menziesii3,82523.712
Oak, PostQuercus stellata3,82523.736
Locust, HoneyGleditsia triacanthos3,82523.724
Hickory, BitternutCarya cordiformis3,82523.724
Beech, Blue (Ironwood)Carpinus caroliniana3,82523.724
MulberryMorus rubra3,74023.218
Locust, BlackRobinia pseudoacacia3,74023.224
Maple, SugarAcer saccharum3,74023.224
Beech, AmericanFagus grandifolia3,65522.712
Oak, Oregon (Garry)Quercus garryana3,65522.736
Oak, Bur (Mossycup)Quercus macrocarpa3,65522.736
Oak, RedQuercus rubra3,57022.136
Birch, YellowBetula alleghaniensis3,57022.124
PeachPrunus persica3,53321.924
Pear, BradfordPyrus calleryana3,49021.624
Ash, WhiteFraxinus americana3,48521.612
Myrtle, Oregon (Pepperwood)Umbellularia californica3,48521.612
AppleMalus domestica3,48521.624
Ash, GreenFraxinus pennsylvanica3,40021.112
Maple, BlackAcer nigrum3,40021.112
PecanCarya illinoinensis4,17221.124
Plum, EuropeanPrunus domestica3,40421.124
Walnut, BlackJuglans *3,23020.012
Maple, RedAcer rubrum3,23020.012
Ash, OregonFraxinus latifolia3,23020.012
Birch, White (Paper)Betula papyrifera3,23020.024
Tamarack (Larch)Larix laricina3,14519.512
Birch, GrayBetula populifolia3,14519.512
HackberryCeltis occidentalis3,14519.58
Elm, SiberianUlmus pumila3,12819.212
Juniper, Rocky MtnJuniperus scopulorum3,14519.56
Cherry, BlackPrunus serotina3,14519.512
Coffeetree, KentuckyGymnocladus dioicus3,06019.024
Sorrel (Sourwood)Oxydendrum arboreum3,06019.018
Elm, RedUlmus rubra3,06019.018
Eucalyptus (Red Gum)Eucalyptus camaldulensis2,97518.412
ChestnutCastanea sativa3,00018.012
Elm, AmericanUlmus americana2,97518.418
Sycamore, AmericanPlatanus occidentalis2,89017.912
Maple, Big LeafAcer macrophyllum2,89017.912
Elm, White (Russian)Ulmus laevis2,89017.918
Ash, BlackFraxinus *2,89017.912
Boxelder (Maple Ash)Acer negundo2,89017.912
Pine, Norway (Red)Pinus resinosa2,89017.96
Fir, DouglasPseudotsuga menzies II2,80517.412
Maple, SilverAcer saccharinum2,80517.412
Fir, GrandAbies grandis2,38817.312
Pine, PitchPinus rigida2,63517.06
AvocadoPersea americana2,71216.818
Pine, LodgepolePinus contora latifolia2,46515.36
HemlockPinaceae tsuga2,46515.312
Spruce, BlackPicea mariana2,46515.312
RedwoodSequoia sempervirens2,81415.012
Catalpa (Catawba)Catalpa speciosa2,38014.812
Pine, PonderosaPinus ponderosa2,38014.86
Alder, Red or WhiteAlnus rubra or rhombifolia2,38014.818
Pine, Jack (Canadian)Pinus banksiana2,38014.86
Spruce, SitkaPicea sitchensis2,38014.812
Pine, White (Idaho)Pinus monticola2,23614.36
Fir, Concolor (White)Abies concolor2,29514.26
Basswood (Linden)Tilia americana2,21013.712
Aspen, American (Poplar)Populus tremuloides2,21013.712
Butternut (White Walnut)Juglans cinerea2,12513.212
Pine, White (Eastern)Pinus strobus2,12513.26
Fir, BalsamAbies balsamea2,12513.26
Cottonwood (Poplar)Populus trichocarpa2,04012.612
Spruce, EngelmannPicea engelmannii1,95512.112
Cedar, Eastern (Redcedar)Juniperus virginiana1,95512.16
Buckeye, OhioAesculus glabra1,95512.112
Cedar, White (Whitecedar)Thuja occidentalis1,87011.66
BambooPoaceae bambusoideae1,61510.06
BalsaOchroma pyramidale9355.86
On that chart what is "MBTU/CORD"?

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Most likely sometime B4 the end of March will be our first day not using the wood stove since Sept. Went through 3 cord of mixed ponderosa, spruce, red cedar, aspen, mulberry, elm. Have another 4 cord in inventory/ seasoning. This has been our regime for 40 yrs. I’d be curious what all that warmth would equal in electric or NG expense.

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Most likely sometime B4 the end of March will be our first day not using the wood stove since Sept. Went through 3 cord of mixed ponderosa, spruce, red cedar, aspen, mulberry, elm. Have another 4 cord in inventory/ seasoning. This has been our regime for 40 yrs. I’d be curious what all that warmth would equal in electric or NG expense.
Wood stove or insert ?

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looking to get a moisture gauge for this purpose.
With a moisture gauge make sure the gauge and wood sample are the same temperature. If you take your gauge from your 70 degree home and test a log that is at 30 degrees outside the moisture content will read much lower than it actually is. I keep a supply of firewood in the attached garage and keep the meter with it so they stay at the same temperature. I've already conducted this experiment, but don't trust me just because I say so. Test it for yourself. It's easy.

Also, test the moisture content not just on the ends, where it is easiest, but check it in the middle as well and pick the choicest logs to burn.

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ramping up my learning curve. Do most of you clean out ashes daily. Also wondering if dumping ashes in the garden would be good for the veggies planted.
Growing up, Dad said the minerals in the ash didn't burn away and were good for the soil and the plants that followed. It made sense back then and was correct and worked. Today, women have penises, so maybe that has changed.

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Thanks Guys. Hick appreciate the offer but I checked out the home depot brand but its not EPA certified for the 26% tax credit. Plus, I'm a bit to far away to do that. I believe they carry the Ashley Hearth line, not covered for the tax break.
Can you get the tax credit if this is the first wood burning stove in your house, or do you have to be replacing an older, less efficient wood burner?

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Per the dealer that I'm buying my stove from it was extended into 2023 and beyond. Also see this website it has the link to approved stoves as well
Tax Credit | Biomass | Stove | Initiatives | HPBA
Looks like you can take a $2k tax deduction for compliant stoves if I'm interpreting the credit properly. Assuming the stove's HHV % efficiency. . is 75% or higher. Sucks for me because my insert shows 71%.
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