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We have been burning firewood for a long time. We do not use any other type of heat source. We usually use about 6-7 cords of firewood a year. Locust seems to probably be the hottest burning wood in this area.

What is the hottest burning wood with the most btu's in Alaska? How many cords of wood do you burn a year?

It seems like everything I want to move with me is heavy. I have a couple wood stoves that I would love to bring along.
 

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We have been burning firewood for a long time. We do not use any other type of heat source. We usually use about 6-7 cords of firewood a year. Locust seems to probably be the hottest burning wood in this area.

What is the hottest burning wood with the most btu's in Alaska? How many cords of wood do you burn a year?

It seems like everything I want to move with me is heavy. I have a couple wood stoves that I would love to bring along.

Spruce provides the most BTU in Alaska. It is common to mix birch with spruce, if available, for the birch will burn slower/lower/longer.
 

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Spruce provides the most BTU in Alaska. It is common to mix birch with spruce, if available, for the birch will burn slower/lower/longer.

The charts I've looked at, and my own experience, show birch with the most BTU per cord. Spruce is the most easily available (at least in south central AK) though. That said, they are both far lower in BTUs than common firewood in Pennsylvania. Weather is colder and the wood has less energy means more wood to stay warm.
 

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The charts I've looked at, and my own experience, show birch with the most BTU per cord. Spruce is the most easily available (at least in south central AK) though. That said, they are both far lower in BTUs than common firewood in Pennsylvania. Weather is colder and the wood has less energy means more wood to stay warm.

So much for my memory, I had it reversed. Here is a chart; http://www.alaskawoodheating.com/energy_content.php

Fuel type:
Density:
Lbs per Cord
Energy Content
Birch[SUP]1[/SUP]
41.0
3,485
23,600,000 Btu/cord
Hemlock[SUP]1[/SUP]
33.6
2,856
22,000,000 Btu/cord
White Spruce[SUP]1[/SUP]
30
2,550
18,100,000 Btu/cord
Sitka Spruce[SUP]1[/SUP]
30
2,550
18,100,000 Btu/cord
Aspen[SUP]1[/SUP]
28.4
2,414
16,600,000 Btu/cord
Tamarack[SUP]2[/SUP]
38.2
3,247
16,000,000 Btu/ton
Black Spruce[SUP]2[/SUP]
29.2
2,482
15,900,000 Btu/cord
Poplar[SUP]1[/SUP]
25.5
2,168
15,000,000 Btu/cord
Cottonwood[SUP]2[/SUP]
24.8
2,108
14,500,000 Btu/cord
Wood Pellets
16,000,000 Btu/ton
Lignite Coal[SUP]3[/SUP]
17,400,000 Btu/ton
Oil[SUP]3[/SUP]
134,000 Btu/gal
Electricity[SUP]3[/SUP]
3,413 Btu/kWh
Natural Gas[SUP]3[/SUP]
1,000 Btu/ft3
Propane[SUP]3[/SUP]
 

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Bottom line.... in Pennsylvania you'd never cut and burn the best stuff in AK. Up here you just have to cut a lot of it!
 

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I used heating oil years ago. We also had a coal stoker for a while. But we've been burning only wood for a long time now. I got tired of working
on the furnace in the middle of winter or waiting for a delivery truck to show up during a snow storm. I like the security of a wood burning stove. In a emergency I can go outside and find wood. I can't dig up heating oil or even coal. But a oil furnace was nice for when you're away.
I cut and burn birch when it's available. I don't use spruce though. But I do scavenge wood so I am open to burning lower btu wood. I have offered guys sycamore logs and they wouldn't even bother with them. Some guys around here only want oak, maple, locust, etc...
 

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My wife and I heated our 1600 Sq Ft two-story home in the Fairbanks area solely with wood. We burned a pretty even mix of birch and spruce during one extremely cold winter. We burned almost 14 cords of wood that year.
 

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Kind of surprised that you needed to burn any wood at all. Just cutting and splitting and moving 14 cords around would keep ya warm all winter without heat.
 
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