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Heating Value of White Oak3/10
I am trying to find white oak that has the highest heating value. What location and species would this be? I have white oak that does not exhibit a higher heating value than my red oak, so I would like to find the highest heating value white oak I can. There is no information I can find other than around 9310btu/lb for white oak, but that does not tell me WHICH species of white oak. Any help on locating and species information is greatly appreciated!!
I suspect that live oak has the highest heating value, but I have no specific data to back that up. It is the most dense.
Is live oak a species of white oak?
Yes it is.
I am under the impression that the HHV (BTUs per #) of all woods without resin is very close to being identical. So, if you want the most heat per piece of wood, then you want the wood that is the highest density.
Moisture content affects the amount of heat, as it takes some energy to evaporate the water and with more moisture, a pound of wood (and water) at higher MC has less wood than at zero % MC.
Live oak (Quercus virginiana) is NOT a white oak. It is in its own group of oaks...there are red, white and live oaks. Please see page 104 of the following site http://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/documnts/fplgtr/fplgtr83.pdf
My guess is that a species burn value per cubic volume is always proportional to its density if moisture and ash content are equal.