Hickory Firewood

Hickory firewood is one of the top choices for many people and often thought of as the number one species for firewood. The tree can live for up to 300 years and grow up to 100 feet tall.

Hickory is a very hard dense wood making it difficult to cut and split.

In fact the seventh president of the United States, Andrew Jackson, was nicknamed "Old Hickory" because he was said to be as tough as hickory.

Due to the dense fibers, hickory burns hot and stays burning a long time. The wood is often difficult to start and requires about one year to properly season.

The hickory tree is well known for its fruit. The tree produces an oval shaped nut which is desirable to both humans and wildlife.

Squirrels, deer, raccoons and many other animals enjoy the hickory nut as part of their diet. It takes about 40 years before the tree begins to produce the desirable nut.

The pecan, which is also part of the hickory family, produces the most desirable nut. The pecan is grown commercially and generates millions of dollars in revenue. An item that can be found at your local grocery store, the pecan is enjoyed by many people.

The hickory tree is a popular lumber choice due to its strength. Tools, furniture and equipment are often made from hickory.

It's a common choice for tool handles because of its strength and flexibility. Hickory wood is also a popular choice for barbecues and smokers because of its distinct flavoring.

Common Hickory Species

Although there are several species of hickory, some common species are:

* Shagbark hickory

* Shellbark hickory

* Pignut hickory

* Bitternut hickory

Firewood Usage

Shagbark hickory will produce 27.7 million BTU's per cord.

Bitternut hickory will produce 26.5 million BTU's per cord.

Hickory is a very dense, heavy, straight grained tree making it an excellent choice for firewood. Keep in mind hickory is difficult to split so a manual or hydraulic splitter will make the process much easier.

Return from Hickory Firewood to Firewood Types

Return from Hickory Firewood to Firewood Home Page

Looking For Something?

Search This Site:

Popular Pages

Free Firewood Newsletter

Enter Your E-mail Address
Enter Your First Name (optional)

Don't worry — your e-mail address is totally secure.
I promise to use it only to send you Firewood For Life.

Ask Us A


Firewood Question

Firewood Conveyor

Best Firewood

Firewood Rack Plans

Sawbuck Plans

Equipment Reviews

Wood Furnace

Heat Exchangers