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Is the sycamore tree good for firewood?

Updated February 21, 2017

Sycamore trees can grow 18.3 m (60 feet) high, according to the 20-20 website, so these specimens are capable of producing a large quantity of wood. This can be a nice choice for firewood in areas where temperatures are not extremely cold.

Burning

Sycamore wood is fairly to easy to start, provided the wood has been cut and seasoned. It will emit a moderate amount of heat compared to oak or maple. Pieces that are green in the centre or have the bark still firmly attached do not burn well or produce warm heat.

Heat

Sycamore is a hardwood and as such produces a moderate amount of heat. The amount emitted is comparable to varieties such as red maple, elm or walnut. It produces slightly less than oak or ash trees.

Splitting

The wood of a sycamore tree can be difficult to split. Check the size of the pieces before purchasing them to see if they are the right size so you will not have to worry about cutting them down later.

Smoke and aroma

This type of wood puts out a moderate amount of smoke. It produces slightly more than varieties such as cherry, hickory or birch. It also does not have a noticeable aroma when it is being burnt.

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Misty Amber Brighton has been writing for over 10 years. Her writing has appeared on various websites. She is a veteran of the United States Armed Forces and attends South University.