White Oak Firewood
There are many different types of oak wood. While they share a lot of similarities, they’re different in many ways. If you do not get the right oak wood, there is a good chance that you’re not going to get good firewood.
For many people, white oak is a good option. It is readily available and this makes it easily accessible. Before you begin cutting that tree, you should make sure that this wood is actually going to make good firewood.
How difficult is it to split? What is the wood’s BTU rating? These questions will be answered in the guide below.
Is White Oak Good Firewood?
First and foremost, you should make sure that this wood is going to be a good choice for firewood. Well, you should know that it offers a handful of benefits.
White oak is definitely a good option. It tends to burn for a very long period of time. And, it can get very hot. This combination makes it a good choice when you’re in need of great firewood. However, there are some downsides associated with oak firewood.
For starters, it produces a whole of ash when burned. It is very messy as well. White oak is a good choice, but it is not the best choice.
If you’re going to be using this wood as firewood, you’ll find yourself cleaning up the fireplace more frequently.
Splitting White Oak
It is true that some wood is tougher than others. If you choose a wood that is too tough, it might take you a week or longer to split it. You may even break your back.
This is something that you’ll want to avoid at all costs. So, can white oak be split easily? The biggest problem with white oak is the fact that it is very stringy. This makes it a little more difficult to split than other types of wood. If you’re going to be using a hand axe, you’ll probably have a little bit of trouble.
Those who are lucky enough to have a hydraulic splitter will have no trouble getting it split into smaller pieces right away.
Remember that oak will not lose its moisture quickly. Therefore, it is not going to get softer or easier to split within a few months.
If you’re new to splitting wood, I wrote a helpful guide on how to do it. You can check it out here, How to split wood by hand
Seasoning White Oak
Before you can begin using the white oak as firewood, you need to make sure that it is actually ready to be burned. The unfortunate truth is that a lot of wood is going to take a very long time to dry and season.
This is definitely the case with white oak. If you’re going to be using this type of wood, you’ll need to remain patient from start to finish. White oak is going to dry out very slowly.
It can be a real pain to wait it out. In general, it is going to take two to three years for the wood to be seasoned sufficiently. If you’re in a hurry, you’ll probably want to use another type of wood.
25% and less moisture should be okay in most situations.
If you want some tips on seasoning your firewood, check out my guide on how I do it. How to dry wet firewood
White Oak BTU
The BTU or British thermal unit is very important when it comes to firewood. The BTU rating can tell you a great deal about the wood’s performance as firewood.
It’ll let you know how difficult it is going to be to get the wood to reach a high temperature. The good news here is that white oak tends to have a very high BTU rating.
Oregon White Oak has a heat content of 28 million BTUs per cord. Many people believe that the wood is hard to burn.
Generally, this has to do with the fact that the wood hasn’t been allowed to dry out thoroughly. Seasoning the wood properly in advance can make a big difference.
If you want to learn about firewood BTUs, check out my article on it. It has a chart also if you want to look up what another type of wood BTU is. BTU Of Firewood
At the end of the day, there are plenty of great wood types that can make great firewood. White oak is definitely not the best of the bunch.
It takes a significantly long time to dry and it can be very messy. Still, it is a good option when you’re unable to find anything else.
Just remember that you’ll need to let the wood season for a very long time or you will have a tough time getting it to burn.