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Favourite softwood

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11 minutes ago, richardwale said:

Takes a while to dry, but I’ll start with yew..

Technically a softwood, yes, but harder and denser than anything else native. 

 

Pine is hard to beat once dry.

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Larch, nice to process and dry and gives out plenty of heat. 

 

I'm happy with anything without too much sap.

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Pine scent, western red cedar too.. and larch.. basically if its not manky leylandii I like it!

Probably favour wrc above the rest for overall combination of nice wood, aroma and quality of burn.

Monterey cypress burns very well too, but the knots.. takes the theraputic qualities of log splitting away somewhat!

Gonna stick with wrc!

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I quite like leylandii, its pretty dense for a softwood, denser than cedar by a way.  Yew for the energy win though.

 

My favorite for very close to oak like density, easy to split, easy to light .... so long as you don't have to deal with th prickles.....Holly.  Always grab that when my tree surgeon mate has some in the pile

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Are we talking planks logs or standing?

I love to see a douglas fir on a misty horizon: all gappy and swirly, they remind me of a dancer twirling around with scarves and skirts all swirling in the campfire smoke. Thujas I love when they are in a garden and have dropped their fronds on the lawn and I'm cutting the grass underneath, the whole garden smells of spicy oranges and lemons and mothers making marmalade in the kitchen. Hibas - dolabratas - for their smell and the scaly lizard like scales; wellingtonias for being so breath-takingly massive  and their golf-ball cones; cryptomanias for being uncommon yet always recognizable; dawn-redwoods shining like fire in an autumn sunset; hemlocks for their elegance; leb cedar for their beauty and their structure; monkey puzzles for keeping me in touch with my eternal child - if your heart doesn't cry, 'dad, dad monkey puzzle tree' when you see one driving along, why bother going out?; did they used to be monkey pizzle trees? Did they get bowlderized? I like to think so*. What else? Coast redwoods for not being wellies. Theiy're all good; they're trees!

 

[But then I like to pronounce pinus as penis :) ]

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I was going to make a couple of inane observations of my own but won't now embarrass myself after that post - that's brilliant.

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Just been processing some douglas fir. Lovely stuff as it dried in the round was nice and straight and flew through the processor also it smells lovely. Good burning as well so whats not to like.

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