Is locust good to burn in stove?

Re: Is locust good to burn in stove?

PostBy: jpen1 On: Thu Dec 03, 2009 8:54 pm

Burn some hog bark hickory(shag bark) now thats a fire and smells pretty good to boot. Locust burns real well after it has seasoned for a few years.
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Re: Is locust good to burn in stove?

PostBy: SMITTY On: Thu Dec 03, 2009 8:58 pm

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

Here is a pic of those "bean pods". I've seen a bunch of them all around Worcester, MA. This city doesn't do anything right, so it's no shock that these messy trees are all over the place! :roll: :lol:
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Re: Is locust good to burn in stove?

PostBy: 009to090 On: Thu Dec 03, 2009 9:04 pm

jpen1 wrote:Burn some hog bark hickory(shag bark) now thats a fire and smells pretty good to boot.

Yep, been there. Only trouble is YOU CANNOT SPLIT IT! No wayyyyy, unless you let it freeze to about -10F, then MAYBE you can get it to explode apart with a Monster maul. I got one of those new-fangled gas-powered splitters about 10 years ago, and I'll tell you what..... I gave my maul away, NEVER AGAIN will I split by hand! What an invention! :up:
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Re: Is locust good to burn in stove?

PostBy: Berlin On: Fri Dec 04, 2009 12:58 am

Locust is not just the best firewood, but probably one of the best native trees period. It has hard low moisture content wood that due to certain chemicals is natrually rot resistant. It grows very fast when young- my trees grow about 6' per year; this growth will continue untill about 25yrs, then it slows down. They make some of the best honey in the world. they were imported to hungary and are now the national tree with almost all of hungary's fores products coming from them. I plant them exclusively. some fools complain about them being an "invasive" species- what a crock; it's one of the best trees in the world, it's native, and simply because it's successful at re-establishing itself in somtimes undesireable areas it's "invasive" :mad:

btw, my parents are installing 1500'sq of black locust flooring right now- really durable, low shrinkage and less expensive than woods of comparable hardness.
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Re: Is locust good to burn in stove?

PostBy: Richard S. On: Fri Dec 04, 2009 3:17 am

DVC500 at last wrote: Only trouble is YOU CANNOT SPLIT IT! No wayyyyy, unless you let it freeze to about -10F, then MAYBE you can get it to explode apart with a Monster maul.


Try grinding a stump that has been in the ground for about 10 years, you'd think it would be all soft and rotted?
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Re: Is locust good to burn in stove?

PostBy: 009to090 On: Fri Dec 04, 2009 6:58 am

Berlin wrote: It grows very fast when young- my trees grow about 6' per year; this growth will continue untill about 25yrs, then it slows down.

Yes, I have noticed this too, and have come up with my own conclusion..... After the first 25 tears, mine have reached canopy level, and are able to take full advantange of the sun. At that point, they begin to widen more, branches going out, instead of up. The seedlings grow like weeds, growing several feet per week. In the early summer, theres so many seedlings sprouting in my lawn, it looks like the beginings of a replanted forest. Until I mow them down with the lawnmower.
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Re: Is locust good to burn in stove?

PostBy: VigIIPeaBurner On: Fri Dec 04, 2009 9:32 am

With their rot resistant characteristics, the 3-4" caliper trees were/are used commonly for fence posts. If they're not aged to the dead state, they're known to resprout once posted. Persistent suckers! :)
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Re: Is locust good to burn in stove?

PostBy: BigBarney On: Fri Dec 04, 2009 11:57 am

In the grape belt where I live they are used for grape trellis posts and last a long time

20+ years.They split the 6' or 8' long logs into 2-4 posts depending on size.

They grow real fast to about 10-12" in diameter and slow down after that,at

about 30' high you get 2-3 poles one of which needs to be split.It burns real

good and has a small blue flame and a lot of heat.


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Re: Is locust good to burn in stove?

PostBy: gitrdonecoal On: Mon Dec 28, 2009 11:16 am

ooohhhh boy, brought some lucust in a week or so ago to dry out and all so i could burn some. burns good. eh, but now we got a s--- ton of locust borers. ya know, those black and yellow things? here is a link:
she is freakin out. imagine playing eucher with 3 other women in the basement, all drinking wine. taking turns with a fly swatter, hammer, and their pant legs are tucked into their socks, just freaking out and trying to kill these things. gotta figure out how to get rid of the rest of them. although, we did kill a lot lol, and dont have much of the wood in the basement, so im on "burn all the locust" detail this week.
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Re: Is locust good to burn in stove?

PostBy: New Hope Engineer On: Mon Dec 28, 2009 11:32 am

DVC500 at last wrote:
mr1precision wrote:I'n my experience the stringy stuff like elm splits best when its frozen solid. I'd wait for a nice cold spell in January. ;)

Yep, Elm and Hickory are best split in the dead of winter. The colder the better. But them I struggle getting my log splitter started :annoyed:

i could use some hickory for my smoker! ;) seems very hard to come by out here though. :(
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Re: Is locust good to burn in stove?

PostBy: plasmagas On: Fri Dec 23, 2011 5:55 pm

locust was also planted near farms as lighting attractors! p.s. tree to axe.... i'm stumped.
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Re: Is locust good to burn in stove?

PostBy: John27elec On: Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:02 pm

Hi there ive been selling around 60 cord of Black Locust firewood and i have had no complaints about it .... everyone loves the wood and wants more ... got about 40 cored left to sell out ... ive burned some burns great ... trees were cut in the summer of 2011 and we started burning it late november and stuff is dry as could be ... great burner puts out alot of heat .. Amish say around here burns like Coal >.... so get to it ! Good Luck
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Re: Is locust good to burn in stove?

PostBy: coaledsweat On: Wed Jan 04, 2012 8:30 pm

John27elec wrote:Hi there ive been selling around 60 cord of Black Locust firewood and i have had no complaints about it .... everyone loves the wood and wants more ... got about 40 cored left to sell out ... ive burned some burns great ... trees were cut in the summer of 2011 and we started burning it late november and stuff is dry as could be ... great burner puts out alot of heat .. Amish say around here burns like Coal >.... so get to it ! Good Luck

$60 a cord? They are getting up to $300 delivered for a cord around here!
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Re: Is locust good to burn in stove?

PostBy: Rob R. On: Wed Jan 04, 2012 9:39 pm

Face cord vs. full cord
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Re: Is locust good to burn in stove?

PostBy: John27elec On: Thu Jan 05, 2012 7:28 pm

that is a face cord ... not full cord sorry ... not use to hearing people talking in full cord always around here commmon with face cord
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