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    So with the first cold snap here its time to fire up the fireplace, any recommendations for the best long burning fire wood?
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    The thicker the better. First get it going and then bring in the big guys.

    Dun houtjies om aan die gang te kom, maar die dik stompe het beter uithou vermoŽ.
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    Blue gum works well

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    Black wattle is cheap around Gauteng, and burns cleanly provided it is dry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abe53 View Post
    Black wattle is cheap around Gauteng, and burns cleanly provided it is dry.
    Can attest to that!
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    Also doing thick black wattle in the fireplace. They start like crap so I dig into my ďbraai wood stashĒ of either sekelbos or mashara to get a small fire going and generate some heat inside the fireplace. This allows easy maintenance with the wattle.


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    Burning Ironbark and Bloodwoods here. Have enough dead trees to keep us going.
    Wife feels the cold so the fire has been going 24/7 for the last 3 weeks. No roaring fire mind , but can damp it down as its in a cast iron fire box thing with a front door and flue. We also cook on it.
    Bought a 22 ton petrol driven hydraulic log splitter to do the job as this hard wood grain is very twisty and tough. Wish I had bought it years ago.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stevan View Post
    The thicker the better. First get it going and then bring in the big guys.

    Dun houtjies om aan die gang te kom, maar die dik stompe het beter uithou vermoŽ.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenhorn View Post
    Blue gum works well
    Burned a lot of blue gum last year, but couldn't get any for ages, and now what I can get it no good, will only be able too burn next year. Low ash content is awesome, I can go for three nights before having to even think about cleaning the tray.

    Currently have a bit a camphor, been seasoning for almost two years, dry as all hell, burns nice and hot and smells amazing, but produces loads of ash, so lighting a fire in the morning is always a dodgy affair, having to worry that their might be a some hot embers buried in there somewhere..

    A mate does tree felling. If I can get pine from him I'll take it all. The sap is a pain when splitting, but the smell and heat are amazing.
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    Be careful with pine - the resin build up in the chimney can ignite causing problems.
    We use a combination of well-seasoned black wattle and rooikrans, both aliens, so doing our bit for the fynbos. Black wattle to get the fire going and then rooikrans to keep a nice slow hot burn going for hours.
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    Quote Originally Posted by petermoffat View Post
    A mate does tree felling. If I can get pine from him I'll take it all. The sap is a pain when splitting, but the smell and heat are amazing.
    Quote Originally Posted by Tony Weaver View Post
    Be careful with pine - the resin build up in the chimney can ignite causing problems.
    I n my 'idiot' days regarding burning pine I saw what happens.

    Pine (resin) makes a fluff that attaches to the sides of the flue. I one season my 125mm diam flue was reduced to 20mm. Sticky stuff.

    Open built fireplace will also have that effect and as Tony pointed out, can cause a flue fire
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