How to Burn White Ash Wood

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The low moisture content of white ash makes it an ideal firewood. White ash wood is known for its versatility and will burn after little or no drying. Dense hardwoods like white ash efficiently generate heat as they burn slowly. Carefully splitting and stacking white ash will expose the maximum surface area of the firewood for an even burn. Use white ash wood to build a fire that quickly lights and burns all night.

Things You'll Need

  • Axe
  • Newspaper
  • Kindling twigs
  • Matches or lighter
  • Bellows (optional)
  • Fire poker
  • Cut down white ash for immediate burning, or stack and dry the wood to further reduce the moisture content for a better burn.

  • Chop and split the white ash wood to fit into your fireplace or wood-burning stove. Pieces should be approximately 4 inches by 4 inches wide and any between 12 and 16 inches long.

  • Crumple four pages from a black-ink newspaper into separate wads and place them at the base of the burning area.

  • Sprinkle small kindling twigs over the newspaper wads in a thatched pattern that will allow airflow.

  • Set two pieces of white ash wood on top of the kindling parallel to each other and approximately 6 inches apart.

  • Add two more pieces of white ash to the pile. They should be parallel to one another, approximately 6 inches apart and resting perpendicular to the first two pieces.

  • Check to make sure that the flew is open and the chimney vents properly before starting any fires. If you do not feel a suction draft you may need to reverse the airflow. This can be done by crumpling a single page of newspaper and jamming it into the chimney. Light the edge of the newspaper and allow it to burn and warm the vent area. If this fails to reverse the airflow it may be necessary to get your chimney cleaned or serviced.

  • Fold and twist a page from the newspaper to form a semi-rigid paper torch stick.

  • Light the tip of the newspaper torch stick with a lighter or match and proceed to light the edges of the four wads of paper and kindling.

  • Jam the burning paper torch into the pile of white ash wood and watch the flames grow from the kindling onto the firewood. Speed the process by using a bellows to gently blow air into the base of the fire.

  • Reposition pieces of white ash over the flame with a fire poker for an even burn.

  • Add new pieces of white ash wood to the fire when flames get small or the fire reduces to a smolder.

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