Salvaged old growth firewood

Only in Oregon do you find straight grain old growth wood sold as firewood. We had some wood delivered last week and Lee was surprised at the quality. The guy who sold it salvages beams from old mills and schools that are no longer used and chops them up into firewood. We’ve read that 100-year-old wood doesn’t contain quite as many BTUs as 3-year-old wood, but this wood was dry and as close to a true cord as you can find around here.

I got busy stacking and soon there was a very straight pile. Our wood stove doesn’t seem to mind burning furniture grade material.

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7 Responses to Salvaged old growth firewood

  1. Ann says:

    That makes me wanna cry! Seriously. I’d have that dude on speed-dial, calling all the time – do you have more reclaimed stuff? We bought a 45′ trailer of BC fir beams from a demolished factory in town, and it’s beautiful wood. They don’t grow like that anymore!

    Enjoy your warm fire! It’s hovering around 20F here. I’d give anything to be stacking firewood in a hoodie LOL!

    • robin says:

      Lee came into the house and told me he wanted to make furniture out of the wood. I sighed because I thought we were going to have another pile of wood that we couldn’t use. (Turns out he was kidding.) I’m not sure what you could do with wood that nice once it is cut into firewood lengths.

      • Ann says:

        Yeah, that’s why I’d have the guy on speed dial – so I could get to him before he saws more old-growth beams into firewood LOL! I mean, that’s practically sacrilege.

        Come to think of it, I’ve got some fir beams “stored” in the living room I’ve considered turning into firewood a few times over the past 5 years or so…

  2. Dominic Ebacher says:

    Those blocks look about perfect size for splitting shakes; have you considered using them for this purpose?

    • robin says:

      That is a good idea. I don’t think it would work for us though, because they aren’t cedar and there are quite a few nails and some knots.

  3. great looking wood!..I concur with Dom..would make great shakes..I know cause I am an expert since yesterday when I made 4. hehe

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