VigIIPeaBurner wrote:It's been said here and I agree that black locust is one of the better hardwoods. Getting (recomended) the bark off makes it nearly as clean to handle as coal and darn near as hot. It burns down to large piles of larg coals. Yes, it does produce blue flames. I have some that's been undercover for 6 years and it's not the least bit punky. If you burn wood in a fireplace and enjoy the fragrance of the wood, burn something else because it doesn't produce a pleasant smelling wood like black cherry does. It's one of the higher BTU hardwoods but is of a different variety being a legume.
It's also one of the best honey plants for beekeepers producing crops of honey that analyze at the highest levels of sugars. Only Tupelo honey is sweeter. Black locust honey does produce more nectar than the miss named Honey Locust that yields little nectar. The tree produces long grape-like cluster of white flowers and the trees will literally hum if there's a beekeeper with hives nearby. Black Locust honey is one of the best hones to make mead from. It' makes some really good mead I know this is a thread about burning wood so please just humor this former beekeeper that loved it when the hives were just right for the black locust bloom.
you guys are just chock full of fun facts