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Alder as firewood again !!

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I know it has been asked before,does Alder burn O,K? I ask because I had a load of cord wood in to day and the vendor said it was a mixture of Ash and Alder, unfortunately it is predominatley Alder. It has been stacked at roadside for about nine mths and it is mainly about 10"to 12"diameter. Thanks

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Agree with everything above. Burns well but doesn't like being left in the stack. Lovely to work with but don't hang around, get it processed, dried and burnt.


We do quite a bit of our home grown Alder as wood chunks to be used in food smoking. Brits always seem to want Oak or Cherry but our eastern european friends always prefer alder. A much more subtle flavour apparently.

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From the end user point of view I would rather have a cubic meter of ash than alder as alder is quite light when seasoned. I do love alder on an open fire though and cooking on it, it burns well if a little quick.


I've also been processing a bit of it and it does cut and split easily unless the logs have been left on damp ground, they them seem to behave like a rubbery sponge.

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