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Discussion in 'Firewood, Heating and Wood Burning Equipment' started by Shine, Oct 3, 2009.

  1. Shine

    Shine ArboristSite Lurker

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    Tree service guy dropped me off a couple of loads of elm,ash and russian olive.
    I have never burned Russian olive, it seems vary hard and heavy. I'm sure its great firewood for the price, breakfast burritos for his crew.:cheers:
     
  2. deeker

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    Welcome to the site!!!!

    I cut quite a bit of Russian Olive on my sawmill, makes great table tops. With the chocolate and tan colors in its active grain.

    A pic of Russian Olive....

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    I have not burned much of it, it does have an odor that is not the best.

    Kevin
     
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  3. MNGuns

    MNGuns Purveyor of Fine Firewood Consumer of Fine Whiskey

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    I have yet to meet a seasoned piece of wood I cannot set on fire....:cheers:
     
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    I have burned many a cord of r/o. It is my go to night logs on the really cold nights. It is the "best" wood around these parts for heat. Now for the bad, if a tree could be the devil, this would be it, has enough stickers on it to make you leak red stuff everywhere and some type of oil/poisen on the barbs that you will feel it for days, the bark hold enough sand for a sand box, read "dull chain fast" ,and stink..... I mean stink up the whole neighborhood when you burn it, I think that is a plus if you have my neighbors though. I will go out of my way to get it though, it is actually considered a weed in WY now, anybody can go just about anywhere and cut till yer either bleeding to death from the stickers or have enough for the whole town. If you can find some 5 year seasoned stuff, it is hard, man is it hard. I gotta give it praises for beutiful grain though. I have seen some very impressive pieces made out of it.
    I have the largest r/o I have ever seen on my property, it is about 40' tall and has about 5 arms that are about 20" dbh from the stump.
     
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    Good points. I call it blood wood. In Utah we have groups of men with chainsaws clear acres of it at a time. It is great cover for pheasants and quail. But it is on the noxious weed side of the fence.

    I hate to re-saw it, after it has air dried for a year. It is even harder than the mountain mahogany. Dulls the blades fast.

    Kevin
     
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    I have only burned it one time and I was cured. Hard on chains and smells like someone left the lid up in the outhouse when it burns.
     
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    I burn lots of it in my furnace. It is a good quality firewood, BUT I am not sure that I would burn it in a fireplace. The stuff does not smell good when it burns.
     
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    Box Elder is another hot burner with bad odors. Had some scraps from logs cut to boards. Used them for campfire wood. N A S T Y is not even close.

    People don't want to burn it inside either.
     
  9. Steve NW WI

    Steve NW WI Unwanted Riff Raff.

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    Quote stolen to go into my signature line! That pretty much sums it up for me, if it's wood, it burns.

    Sorry, no experience with Russian Olive myself.
     
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    I have some burning right now! Makes for some pretty flames too
     

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