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Old 06/14/11, 04:05 PM
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locust trees...good burn?

we've only ever burned oak, maple, and cherry. downed a locust tree, so does it burn well? had to ask!

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If it is a black locust, it is one of the best firewoods around. Called "yellow coal" in some areas. It burns with a blue flame. Couldn't tell you about honey locust.

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The locust in my area is an excellent fire wood .

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Old 06/14/11, 04:14 PM
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don't know what type of locust it is. thanks so much!

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Nope, don't burn too well... Bring it down to me, I'll "dispose" of it for you...
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If its honey locust, (look for the BIG thorns) it is one of the best. Black locust is good too; great fire, but some don't like the smell.

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Yep, burns great, used some yesterday to heat branding iron. If I am not mistaken, black locust puts out as BTU's as most wood or at least in Okla.

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Just a thought....if it's big enough, it makes pretty lumber....

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Just a thought....if it's big enough, it makes pretty lumber....
Great fence posts too.
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Black locust is all I burn for heat. It will snap and pop a bit getting it going but nothing real bad. Once it lays down into a bed of coals it has to be as HOT as Hades! If it's dry, it's an easy starter and the bark makes good kindlin. It stacks nicely because it grows so straight. Got about 20 acres of it here and it's almost impossible to keep it from spreading except mow and mow again. Black locust has a greenish tint to it whereas Honey locust is more of an orange-yellow. A black locust post in these parts usually goes for a dollar or two. But a osage orange post on the average can go for 7 to 40 dollars with some big logs bringing a 100 dollars only to be cut up into square posts and resold.

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Great fence posts too.
Yeah, real good, Fifty year Fence posts. Next best thing to Hedge apple, or Beau D'arc.
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Yup, great fence posts. Too good to burn. I dont think ive ever burnt any. Ive used them for the corner posts and middle postsa to make chicken houses, brooder house. When I was a kid, I had thought of makeing a hay barn out of them. Havnt got any here in this part of Okieland. Sure wish I had

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Locust burns VERY hot! Save it for January!

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i hate poplar. I found out early on why it was called poplar as it singed my arm hsirs off

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It also sells well for turning and wood working as it glows nicely under a black light

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wow...a buck or two. at the mill down the road they want $8-$12 or so.


i burn every piece of black locust i can get my hands on. good stuff.

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It also sells well for turning and wood working as it glows nicely under a black light

i will have to check that out. i never knew that.
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Old 06/15/11, 10:33 AM
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thanks again. we've only burned oak, maple, cherry, as that's what we have. the locust (and it is honey locust) trees are being downed by the man who is clearing for pasture and said we could have as much as we want. I asked so that we weren't hauling home something that wasn't really good. after reading your responses, hub is going to be getting as much as he can.

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The Locust around here burns very hot and fast. I will not allow it in the wood stove inside the house at all. Once we almost melted the basewood wood stove - a Fisher - it got so hot I made all the children get outside. It was very scary. I did not know how hot a fire it would burn and accidentally put a piece in the stove with some oak.

Now, we only use the Locust wood in the outdoor wood ovens and the outdoor wood cook top. I am so scared of the locust in the house that we have a firm rule that no locust wood is even in the main wood sheds. I make the boys stack it separately and far away from my main wood supply.

The "locals" around here swear by the locust but also have stories to tell about people burning their house down with it.

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yes...i have had the stove glowing a few times, but i have done that with oak as well. the popping bothers me more than anything. it happens mostly when the wood is fully involved and you open the door and introduce lots of oxygen. i nearly took a hot spark in the eye once...it burned my face a little bit. if you have a good, airtight stove that can be fully regulated with the draft, you should be able to control the burn without any fear. if the stove is a cast iron parlor or laundry stove and has air leaks, like the one in my kitchen, you should be careful. even so, i burned the stuff all winter with no problems...as i do most every winter.

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