Sweetgum as Firewood

Can sweetgum be used for firewood?


Sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua) is an average firewood species. Its heating value is similar to that of white birch or elm. It is, however, very difficult to split and takes a long time to season.

My recommendation is to split it as soon as it is cut to make the splitting easier and expedite the seasoning process.

-Firewood Matt

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Feb 12, 2015
Splitting Sweetgum NEW
by: Andrew

After dropping a good sized oak last year I noticed that it wasn't enough for two households. I felled a maple that was shedding bark up to about ten feet and it was split within a week. Lots of sweetgum here and a big one was damaged when the oak came down so I cut it and used the same splitting method as the maple. Make strikes about 3 inches in to break off chunks as you go around, the core is a bear but it will split. I use an axe not a splitter. No idea how it'll burn but I'm gonna try next winter. The oak, maple, and sweetgum were all between 2.5-3 feet base diameter.

Jan 10, 2015
Thoughts on cutting tree down NEW
by: Anonymous

I have a large Sweetgum I thinking about having cut down because its a very messy tree. I'm debating because when the mess is gone during full foliage it seems ok...

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