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locust .....is it good firewood?

Discussion in 'Firewood, Heating and Wood Burning Equipment' started by southpaw, Jun 5, 2009.

  1. southpaw

    southpaw ArboristSite Operative

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    Hello. Is locust a good source of fire wood ?
    Last year was my first season of cutting and burning firewood so thanks for any help.
    I mainly get oak and maple but there are other wood available here.

    Thanks southpaw
     
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    your kidding right:monkey: tom trees
     
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    Yes. Get all you can.
     
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    It would be nice if I had some on my property. I can only dream.:D
     
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    No........I just don't know .
     
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    i have a general rule about (free) firewood: if it's a tree, it burns, if it burns, it's fire wood.
     
  8. southpaw

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    Checked that link out ..........Thank you,

    I have about 3 acres of them that are about 15 years old , I use to let a landscaping contractor dump all his clippings on this section of property back then .........they sure grow like weeds .

    I honestly had no idea that they were of any value , at one time we talked of plowing them under because they grew so thick.........glad i asked.
     
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    it has more btu then oak tom trees
     
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    Cut it, split it, stack it, burn it!!

    Locust is scarce around here on account of everyone heating with wood.

    Snag all you can!

    Stay safe!
    Dingeryote
     
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    And seasons faster. And splits easier. And lasts longer on the ground. Lasts a long time stacked, doesn't get punky. This past spring I was cleaning up a remote corner of the yard where the previous owner once had a messy firewood pile on the ground. A few pieces of firewood were buried; most were bug eaten and spongy, but there was a hunk of locust that was still solid. It had been buried at least five years, maybe longer, burned just fine. Some people around here don't rate it, think it's too messy or smoky or something, but I think it's great.

    Jack
     
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    I'll be right up to take care of that pesky weed tree for you. :)
     
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    Yes it is a weed tree, but it make for excellent firewood...
     
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    Yeah, wild how fast it grows and it's still so dense. Hard to kill, though, cut one down and suckers just explode from the roots.

    Jack
     
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    a little about locust after you cut it mill it or any thing it will last200 years or more all the old homes here are on locust post up state fence rails but if you think its junk the guys here will help you hau:jawdrop:l it away tom trees:clap:
     
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    I will walk past two of anything to get to one locust. A woods that I cut in is loaded with it. The only problem is that not much of it is dead. I usually only find a few a year that are dead.
     
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    I burned 3 cords of it last year. It takes a little extra air and time to get it going but once it does it burns great and lasts a long time.
     
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    If none are dying, they must not be old enough. I think that locust trees only last about 30 years at best. Many of mine are blowing out at the bottom. I cut em before they fall. My favorite wood!:chainsaw:
     
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    Locust grows almost twice as fast as oak and has about the same density. After cutting and splitting, it dries faster than oak and is the best fuelwood growing in America today. Ash and locust are the two best fuelwoods of them all. :greenchainsaw:
     
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    :monkey:your kidding right locust trees can be 150+ years old and 50" dba climb 120' tom trees
     
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