Is locust good to burn in stove?

Re: Is locust good to burn in stove?

PostBy: smokeyCityTeacher On: Fri Nov 27, 2009 1:05 am

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 :wine: 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 :D
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Re: Is locust good to burn in stove?

PostBy: Richard S. On: Fri Nov 27, 2009 1:33 am

No idea about for wood burner but that is absolutely best wood for bonfire even if you just cut it down. :)
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Re: Is locust good to burn in stove?

PostBy: smokeyCityTeacher On: Mon Nov 30, 2009 12:40 am

Richard S. wrote:No idea about for wood burner but that is absolutely best wood for bonfire even if you just cut it down. :)


Im gonna post a pic this week of a *huge* locust tree that is over 2' in diameter. I can't believe how big these things get.

I just met with the lady's boyfriend today and he showed me the rest of the plot of land with the big trees.
We are gonna cut em all down and split em. He has some big chainsaws and will help cause she really wants to clear the land.

Im glad you all gave me the 411 on locust.
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Re: Is locust good to burn in stove?

PostBy: Richard S. On: Mon Nov 30, 2009 1:08 am

One reason it burns so well is because of the bark, it must have a lot of oil in it or something If you throw one of them on decent fire it almost ignites instantly.

Locust is one of the hardest woods you can find. If they are that big I'd be making benches with it or something, they will last forever. When that stuff dries it's like a rock. Here's picture of some we made and the bench itself is actually Locust ,they are easy to make if you have a bigger saw.
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Re: Is locust good to burn in stove?

PostBy: SMITTY On: Mon Nov 30, 2009 1:19 am

I've got no clue what a locust tree even looks like .... or if there are even any around here! :oops:

I always knew shagbark hickory was the hardest & hottest burning wood out there ....... was surprised to see on that chart that something beat it. Something else I've never heard of ... :roll: I'm just not that into trees, I guess ... :D
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Re: Is locust good to burn in stove?

PostBy: Richard S. On: Mon Nov 30, 2009 1:47 am

It's pretty easy to spot, the leaves are very small and the bark has a very deep grooves. If it's spring find the tree with no leaves on it yet and that's probably a locust. ;)
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Re: Is locust good to burn in stove?

PostBy: SMITTY On: Mon Nov 30, 2009 1:49 am

I was just searching for pics of one ..... I think I've seen them before in the city. They have the "bean pods" that hang off them? I think that's the same tree. We definitely don't have any around these parts.
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Re: Is locust good to burn in stove?

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Mon Nov 30, 2009 8:51 am

You won't need to burn it for heat when you're done splitting it. :)
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Re: Is locust good to burn in stove?

PostBy: VigIIPeaBurner On: Mon Nov 30, 2009 2:46 pm

SMITTY wrote:I was just searching for pics of one ..... I think I've seen them before in the city. They have the "bean pods" that hang off them? I think that's the same tree. We definitely don't have any around these parts.


If you saw them in the city, chances are they were the Honey Locust variety. They're liked for their spring bloom and fern like/airy leaves. Bean pods are a mess for the city folk.
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Re: Is locust good to burn in stove?

PostBy: 009to090 On: Mon Nov 30, 2009 2:50 pm

VigIIPeaBurner wrote:If you saw them in the city, chances are they were the Honey Locust variety. They're liked for their spring bloom and fern like/airy leaves. Bean pods are a mess for the city folk.

Anyone want the Bean/Seed pods, just come on over with your pickup truck and bring your rake :D
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Re: Is locust good to burn in stove?

PostBy: VigIIPeaBurner On: Mon Nov 30, 2009 2:53 pm

DVC500 at last wrote:
VigIIPeaBurner wrote:If you saw them in the city, chances are they were the Honey Locust variety. They're liked for their spring bloom and fern like/airy leaves. Bean pods are a mess for the city folk.

Anyone want the Bean/Seed pods, just come on over with your pickup truck and bring your rake :D

Maybe not just the city folk, eh?
:) ;)
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Re: Is locust good to burn in stove?

PostBy: gambler On: Mon Nov 30, 2009 2:57 pm

SMITTY wrote:I was just searching for pics of one ..... I think I've seen them before in the city. They have the "bean pods" that hang off them? I think that's the same tree. We definitely don't have any around these parts.


"Bean pods"??? are you sure you weren't looking at catalpa trees?


http://www.pbase.com/hjsteed/foliage_catalpa
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Re: Is locust good to burn in stove?

PostBy: 009to090 On: Mon Nov 30, 2009 2:58 pm

VigIIPeaBurner wrote:Maybe not just the city folk, eh?
:) ;)

They are purdy in the Late-Spring/Summer. Late-bloomers, though. When the white blossoms fall off, you swear it was snowing. MILLIONS of petals raining down. Nice.... 8-)
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Re: Is locust good to burn in stove?

PostBy: danzig On: Mon Nov 30, 2009 3:02 pm

best wood you can burn peroid. dry it and light it. burns hot like coal!!!!
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Re: Is locust good to burn in stove?

PostBy: japar On: Wed Dec 02, 2009 9:38 pm

I think I got one in the front yard and when those petals fall off and it rains , what a mess you have. It was blocking my veiw out the front picture window and I did alot of cutting. Got a nice stack saved
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