There are a lot of people who agree that hickory firewood is one of the best there is for burning. Hickory is even hotter burning than oak, maple and other popular hardwoods.
There are several types of hickory, including, shagbark, pignut, bitternut, shellbark, and mockernut. Most agree that all types of hickory are good for firewood. Maybe someone can post their experience with the different types in the comment section below.
Hickory wood is a heavy and dense hardwood. It dries fairly quickly since the dense wood doesn’t hold a lot of moisture. It can be tough to split, but not always beyond splitting by hand.
Although many people love burning hickory, there are some who prefer other woods over hickory just because hickory firewood can be more difficult to process. Hickory is harder to saw and split than a lot of other hardwoods like oak. Hickory may outperform oak in a wood stove, but for some, not well enough to justify the work. Another disadvantage of hickory firewood is that bugs really like it. It is not uncommon for a hickory woodpile to have a lot of sawdust, or bugdust from insects boring into it.
Hickory is also well known for its smoke flavor for smoking, and BBQ. It is also the wood of choice for tool handles, axes, shovels, etc. It is used for handles because it is very durable and has an exceptionable ability to absorb shock.
Hickory nuts are edible and consumed by people and by wildlife.
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