- Oct 5, 2009
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- Tanana Valley AK
Because there are times when you're clearing land for construction, or otherwise have trees on the ground and simply don't have time to attend to them. Unziping the bark will prevent birch from rotting until you have time to come back and buck it. And I hold no romance toward the bark. Barkless birch burns clean and hot.Iofthetaiga, why zip the birch bark off? That is why burning birch is in such demand is because of the bark it makes the logs easy to burn. From now on just cover your birch so you don't have to trouble yourself zipping the bark off those precious logs.
Not wanting to start, or continue an argument, but this is simply untrue. I've been burning wood for heat all my life, and have used many different types of stoves. Yes, it's possible to force green wood with a MC greater than 20% to burn, but by doing so most of the potential caloric energy of the fuel is wasted, and not transferred to to your living space, which is the whole object of burning wood. Wet wood may "burn longer" but the overall amount of heat gained from it is much much less than when it's dry and burned cleanly and efficiently.And as far as seasoning your wood,..everyone needs to relax. Spruce is dry enough when cut that it doesent need to be seasoned in order to burn, and birch is far better with some moisture in the wood because it will burn longer, as long as you know how to operate your wood stove properly you will see.
And if you're a person reading this while living in an area like Fairbanks, where we have challenging air conditions in winter, and you're not burning cleanly and efficiently, YOU are the problem and the reason we currently risk having wood burning restrictions imposed on us. Do yourself and all the rest of us a favor and learn how to burn properly. You'll use much less wood, clean your chimney less, and not pollute the air we all breath in the process.