Is Sycamore Good Firewood [The Truth Shall Set You Free]

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Is Sycamore Good Firewood? Well, I wasn’t too sure if it is. I had to do a bit of research to find out. I was kind of surprised about all that I learned about sycamore trees. The fact of the matter is, I don’t know anybody that burns sycamore or even talked about using sycamores for firewood. Of course, I figured they had to be a reason for that and boy was I right! So, let’s get into sycamore trees and if they make a good or bad wood to burn in your fireplace or wood stove.

Is Sycamore Good Firewood

Not really! It seems like more of a personal preference. But with all the research I have done online about burning sycamore wood, I’d say about 90% of what I read is negative towards burning sycamore in your fireplace. There are a few reasons for this, 

  1. Low BTU output. It doesn’t throw the heat like other hardwoods
  2. Burn fast
  3. Leaves a lot of ash in your fireplace. Meaning you’ll be cleaning it a lot more than normal.
  4. Cutting it, you’ll need a dust mask. The dust from a sycamore will wreak havoc on your lungs.

Splitting Sycamore Wood

This is another reason a lot of people don’t like burning sycamore, It’s a pain in the back to split. If you’re not using a hydraulic log splitter, be prepared for a very long day.

Each season, the growth spirals grow in different directions, making it a probably the roughest wood to split with a maul or wedge.

Seasoning Sycamore Wood

Seasoning sycamore wood doesn’t take as long as other hardwoods. That is pretty much the only positive I could find about sycamores! At the very, its good to know if you go through all the trouble of cutting it up and the back-breaking task of splitting it, that you’ll be able to burn it in 6 months tops.

If you would like to test your firewood’s moisture content, you can buy a meter to check it, you can find it on Amazon, by clicking this link, Wood Moisture Meter.


In conclusion, burning sycamore wood is not a good choice. It’s not worth all the blood sweat and aggravation, not to mention all the cuss words that’ll fly while trying to split it. With that said, Sycamore is best suited for outdoor burning, like in a firepit.

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