When eucalyptus dries it's extremely hard to split. But how long will it take? Required fields are marked *. And I believe there are several hundred varieties of gum trees, euc’s, I imagine some of our best went to your west coast. Overall it is a wonderful wood (bearing in mind there are around 700 varities of Eucalypt, most are great, some not so great, but in my opinion, it takes a long time to season. lucky enough to have White Gum aka Wandoo, fallen in last years storms. A cord of firewood is equal to 128 cubic feet of wood. For optimal burning, firewood should be dried, or “seasoned,” until its moisture content is less than 20 percent. The wood has a moderate durability rating. Moisture Meter.eval(ez_write_tag([[336,280],'woodsmanreport_com-large-leaderboard-2','ezslot_6',133,'0','0'])); If you want some tips on seasoning your firewood, check out my guide on how I do it. I got sick with cancer just after I collected that timber and had no chance to split it so it sat there for upto 3 years but I’m better now and getting it done very slowly . However, we cut it to short lengths the other week and now I am having a heck of a job trying to split it. We really like the Woodhaven range, as they are sturdy, and come with a lifetime structural warranty. It has a very high BTU and eucalyptus oil is highly flammable. I’m assuming you’re here to find out what you can about using eucalyptus wood for firewood. takes 1 yr. to season, a 4″ stick tages 2 years, etc. I’m in the UK. It does gunk up the chimney faster than oak but is worth it. Random Fact: Eucalyptus trees are native to Australia and were brought and planted in California during the gold rush. While I’m here, a guy from Maine once said you Aussies need to learn how to sharpen chainsaws, clearly he has never cut any of our timber, that’s grown here, it is known to be amongst the densest timber on the planet. Works most of the time, others just will not split and I follow through with the chainsaw. ( E. Mallet and sub species. ) Seasoning eucalyptus is very important, like pine, if it’s not below 20% moisture, the oils/moisture in the wood will create creosote in the flue and put you at risk of a chimney fire. Btw we are just coming off a four or five years drought which has changed what those trees are like inside. Larger pieces of wood will prove difficult to split. By Dale V. Log Splitter Expert. We got it from a craigslist seller who logs his land and sells firewood for a living, has been doing it for years with professional equipment and so forth, so it didn't just come from some random dude with a dead tree. Leave the wood there for one year for each inch of thickness. Most of that moisture must be eliminated for the wood to burn properly and give off effective heat; the ideal moisture content is 20 to 25 percent or less. I suspect most of the negatives here are due to lack of curing time. If you’re new to splitting wood, I wrote a helpful guide on how to do it. Manzanita (heats our home well) Once it dries out, forget about splitting it and like I said, rounds don’t burn well. I am an Aussy and have just cut a ton of Euc firewood. Best eucalyptus for fire wood is Sugar Gum, burns hot and slow and leaves a fine ash behind which is easily used in garden beds, red gum burns to quick and pops a lot. I have trimmed back all the well dried, standing timber in a copse of Mallet, specifically Brown mallet. Ditto to everything all have said above about it being a good fuel wood. I would give up oak if I could continue to find enough Eucalyptus to burn. I crafted a very detailed post but when I attempted to submit, it was rejected as apparently my captcha code was wrong. How long does it take for wood to dry out? We just bought a house that had a big, tall eucalyptus on it. Burning unseasoned wood is 30% less efficient. I have pieces ten years old that are still solid and heavy. Hardwoods dry at a rate of 1″ per year under good conditions. once that is going nicely, about ten minutes we add a couple of 3 or 4 inch square logs. Heres the nuts an bolts of useing Eucalyptus.1) I havn’t come across a hotter burning wood, than Eucalyptus in my many years of useing it for heat. Seasoning firewood removes moisture from the wood, making it easier to burn and less likely to smoke or spark. Because wood drys alot from the sides also, a 2″ stick . They have been introduced into many parts of the world including California, where they are often used for firewood. For a piece of Outdoor Wood Furniture to stand up to the ravages of nature long term - even in a relatively mild, balmy climate - it must be made of a wood with some natural resistance to rot and insect infestation. It split very easy even if i just used a double bladed ax. Check out our article on wood racks if you would like a complete run down on the benefits of using a wood rack. I’m in northern California and we always could find a fallen euc after a good wind storm. 3) One should consider a mixture, when useing Euc. The grain can be much more variable and more challenging to split. There are over 600 types of eucalyptus or as they are called in Australia "gum trees" as a generic name. My back yard full of stringy bark… rubbish burns hot and quick…. MR 50 TONS AUSSIE,IN NORTH-CAL,WE CALL IT 20-25 PICK-UP LOADS.BLACK OAK IS ONE OF THE LONGEST LASTING IN THE STOVE THROUGH THE NIGHT.I DO LOVE BLUE GUM EUCALYPTUS,NOBODY DARE GATHER DRYED UP ROUNDS OF IT ,BUT I FOUND A WAY,MAULE-AX APPROCHE,I’LL TRADE FOR A POEM. I’ve only got an old stove and never had any problems with it burning too hot or anything. A few logs on top of it all. It has been as low as 23 degrees I. It is also claimed that eucalyptus can take longer to dry than many other types of wood, up to two years. If you’re from the north (USA) you’re screwed, eucalyptus trees grow from the Carolina and south and out west in California. Seasoning Time For Eucalyptus Firewood Because of the high moisture content and the oil that’s in eucalyptus wood, it will take longer than most other types of firewood. Even whittling a point on a stick of it to toast a marshmallow is difficult with a sharp quality knife. Cut Early, Burn Late The old farm adage was "cut in spring, burn in winter." They both should be well aged and dry when used. I’d still go around the edges, look for areas that are more regular and bang a wedge into cracks on the surface where it is drying out. Splits easily when green, is very dense and has a huge amount of heat output. Pine takes a short time to dry, if processed correctly, and is cured in a few months. In my humble opinion, you cannot beat Western Australian Jarrah ( E. Marginata ) as a readily available commercially supplied firewood .