Manzanita firewood burns long and very hot. Manzanita is a shrub or small tree in the Western US that typically only reaches a height of 6′-8′ tall. Pieces will typically be small and usually crooked, but this dense hardwood will put out a lot of heat, so use it with caution, I have seen stoves glow red from loading it up with too much of this wood. When burning it in a stove, it’s best to build small fires or mix it with other species of wood.
Manzanita firewood will produce a nice bed of coals that will radiate intense heat. Be careful if you stir the coals because they can crackle and throw glowing hot cinders when disturbed. It’s an intense firewood species, but when used with caution it can make excellent firewood. Manzanita also produces a good flavor for smoking foods or BBQ.
It is commonly believed that manzanita wood burns so hot because of a common myth that it is an oily wood. But manzanita is not an oily wood. If it was oily, it would not be such a popular material for pet supplies. In fact, one of the major reasons it is used for pet supplies is because it is so free of toxic materials like oils and resins. The reason that manzanita burns so hot is because the more dense a wood is, the hotter they usually burn. Manzanita is one of the most dense woods in the world.
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