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Eucalyptus as fire wood.

 
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Eucalyptus as fire wood.
How is Eucalyptus as fire wood (stove/fireplace)?

We have had our 2 acres of trees cleaned up, shaped, and two of the older Eucalyptus have been reduced in size by 25% - needless to say there is a lot of Eucalyptus for fire wood.

While I ave had experience with Oak, pine, Cypress, Walnut, I have never had Eucalyptus as a fire wood. How does it burn and are there any problems with the oils such as excessive soot/creosote in the flue?
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Re: Eucalyptus as fire wood.
the aroma will kill the fleas
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Re: Eucalyptus as fire wood.
Good article in the latest New Yorker re:the big fire in Australia.Evidently the stuff burns pretty hot,though fast.
It would not be good to cook over it.
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Re: Eucalyptus as fire wood.
whoah...never tried it, but don't think I'd burn more than one small stick at a time indoors. GREAT mosquito repellent.

better google that one and get more info before you try it whole hog
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Re: Eucalyptus as fire wood.
Well, I do use lots of it when I lack a better firewood, but I always use a bit of it even if I have the good one.
The thing is, eucalyptus will burn for a much higher temperature than your typical firewood, but will burn MUCH faster! A good firewood log will vanish into nothing but ashes in a few hours. If you have plenty, and not using it for woodworking of any kind, then it's ok, but keep a large stack by your fireplace.
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Re: Eucalyptus as fire wood.
So I should stack this and cure it and then split it for my wood burning stove? Or should I save it for out outdoor fire pit fires?

I'm not planning on cooking over it no matter where I burn it.

BTW we got three dump truck loads of shredded mulch. The smell is terrific, I have spread it around the house, in the rose bed, around the Christmas trees, and for the flower bed.

I'm uncertain if it is safe to use Eucalyptus in the veg garden - say down the paths in the garden. Anyone experience it in heir vegetable garden?
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Re: Eucalyptus as fire wood.
Burns quick and hot. Burns even fresh-cut, because of the etheric oils.
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Re: Eucalyptus as fire wood.
So I should stack this and cure it and then split it for my wood burning stove? Or should I save it for out outdoor fire pit fires?

I'm not planning on cooking over it no matter where I burn it.

BTW we got three dump truck loads of shredded mulch. The smell is terrific, I have spread it around the house, in the rose bed, around the Christmas trees, and for the flower bed.

I'm uncertain if it is safe to use Eucalyptus in the veg garden - say down the paths in the garden. Anyone experience it in heir vegetable garden?
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There should be no problem to use it for cooking.
If you use it as mulch you should know that it kills pests, but maybe also some beneful bugs. Better use it carefully.
And the mulch burns as quickly as your firewood!
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Re: Eucalyptus as fire wood.
If you can spell it, you can burn it.

Just sayin'.
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Re: Eucalyptus as fire wood.
We burn it. This property had 300+ eucalyptus trees on it when we purchased it and had most of them removed because they were overplanted (all that in 1 acre!) and we are prone to devastating wildfires.

The wood does burn hot, burns quickly, leaves less ash then pine, but does not have a strong smell when burning--which you would think it would. Red Cedar has a stronger smell to it when burned--I love that smell.

It will not make long burning coals, so cooking over it may not be the best.

Don't put a whole lot of it in at once...mix it with oak or whatever slower, cooler burning wood you have. Our native manzanita is like that too, only it burns even hotter and longer, be careful, you don't want to make your wood stove glow red!

Eucalyptus mulch tends to suppress plant growth so it would not be the best in a flower or vegetable garden. I use it under trees though.
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Re: Eucalyptus as fire wood.
Alright, Thanks much all.
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Re: Eucalyptus as fire wood.
The ignorance of information being given out here is simply unbelievable. The only response that comes close to any truth is the one about the smell killing the fleas. Although I doubt it will kill the fleas it does have an 'interesting' odor when burnt especially in a wood stove or insert. Eucalyptus is a hard wood and that burn very hot and long it has excellent coaling qualities. It does take over a year to season as it is so dense. Here is a link to the btu/cord as you will notice it is just as good as oak [link to www.consumerenergycenter.org]

If you have any questions regarding wood burning practices in regards to stoves, wood, how to, or equipment then go to [link to hearth.com] they are experts in wood burning and as always you will get some errant information however the knowledgeable ones will call them out on their misinformation and you will get the correct answer. Good luck
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Re: Eucalyptus as fire wood.
My parents swore by yellow box as a good type of eucalyptus to burn in a fuel stove (in the kitchen). It has to be seasoned though.
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Re: Eucalyptus as fire wood.
Euc is fine for mulch purposes. It serves as a replacement for cypress which is being cut down in record numbers these days in Florida.
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Re: Eucalyptus as fire wood.
Eucayptus wood is excellent good quality firewood. I'm surprised by the negative comments here - it must be that those people haven't burnt it before. It's used widely in Australia for heating and cooking. It burns hot when dried properly and has nice coals, depending on the variety. Split anything over 5-6inches wide and let it dry slowly for 12-18 months.

There are lots of varieties of eucalyptus, some with smooth bark and some with rough bark. Don't burn the bark from the rough varieties or you'll get creosote buildup. Australian wattle tree wood burns very hot and doesn't last as long as eucalypt, so it's best to mix wattle with other wood.

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