Beech is a dense hardwood that doesn’t usually have much commercial value for lumber, but it makes great firewood. Beech firewood is comparable to oak for heat output and long burn. It is usually easy to split and it burns clean. Beech will rot quickly if left on the ground or in a damp environment.
Blue beech is another name for American Hornbeam, also called ironwood and musclewood. It is one of several tree species called ironwood because their wood is so hard. Musclewood comes from the muscular look of the trunk.
Eastern Hop Hornbeam is also called ironwood. All of these make excellent hot ans long burning firewood.
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