Oak is a great wood for heating, being fairly dense it offers a lot of heat/cord. It may not be your first choice for a nice bright evening fire in the fireplace, but it will burn a long time, and give off plenty of heat in the meantime. Illinois Oaks are typically Burr, White, & Red. There are many more but these are what we see most. It has a distinctive smell when first split that dissipates when seasoned. Dry wood will “ring” when two solid pcs are knocked together, wet wood will just thud. We use this method, but with a fancy Lignomat moisture tester as a backup.
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