Burning mulberry wood???

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  1. Danaus29

    Danaus29 Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Does mulberry wood burn ok in a wood burner? I had a big tree that had to be removed and another that had some good sized branches that had to be trimmed off. I was wondering if I should toss the branches on the wood pile or if they should be burned in a bonfire instead. Thanks.
     
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  3. Alice In TX/MO

    Alice In TX/MO More dharma, less drama. Supporter

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    Burn in bonfire. Crappy for wood heat.

    Can I say crappy on this board?:confused:
     
  4. chickenista

    chickenista Original recipe! Supporter

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    Great link.. but it doesn't cover what we will be burning this year.... chestnut, pecan and red cedar more or less.
     
  5. PyroDon

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    burn it in the stove mulberry burns fine
    as good or better than oak it also splits easy .
     
  6. All country

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    We have a wood stove and burned some last winter. It will burn ok if it is dry, but it has to be really dry. If you just cut this down, I would split it now and wait a year to burn it.
     
  7. GREENCOUNTYPETE

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    YEAH REAL CRAPPY just drop it off at my place cut and split and i will take it off your hands


    it is a hard wood , it is actualy a fairly dence hardwood , very wet wen first cut but it was used for pegs because of it's minimal shrinkage

    would i pay top dollar for it , no , but if it is fully aged it will pose no risk of creasoling up your chimny when burned properly

    "garbage wood " burns just fine , pine to if it is dry and you are carfull about loading a peice here and there and not stuffing a stove full and walking away


    i personaly have 1 1/2 cord of muberry in my pile that i cut this spring along with boxelder , ash , read oak , maple , poplar ,cotton wood and apple

    if you are buying wood that is one thing btu value per cord is very important you want to get the most btu for your dollar


    but if it is a free as in already cut and split or a free for the cutting tree then if it is 50,000 btu less than oak for the cord then no big deal


    this would be like turning down a free tankfull of e85 in your flex fule car because you get less milage out of it so you can go pay for a tank of petro fule , who cares if you get 10% fewer mile out of it it was free.
     
  8. Windy in Kansas

    Windy in Kansas In Remembrance

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    A fellow I used to work with ONLY burned mulberry in his airtight.
     
  9. Danaus29

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    Good to know. I will save the big limbs. Too bad it's still green. Wood shed is next on our list of little outbuildings. We haven't used the woodburner since our first year here. Time to clean out the basement and the chimney.

    blufford, thanks for the link. We were also given some real old garage stored wood, at least now I know it needs to have more moisture in it to burn properly.
     
  10. clovis

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    Will burn just great when it dries out.

    All the years I was growing up, Dad heated with wood.

    There will always be the "Oak or it aint worth burning" set.

    I specifically remember a guy laughing at Dad for even considering mulberry. That house was heated by mulberry more than a few times.

    I promise you that it will burn great.

    Clove
     
  11. clovis

    clovis Well-Known Member

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    As a side note:

    Years ago, I worked construction.

    I met a guy that did cement and masonry work.

    He heated his entire home with pine 2x4's left over from job sites.

    He told me that he prefered the wood used in cement forms. Didn't give a real explanation, just that he thought they burned better.

    He told me his daily ritual after work was to cut up all the forms and waste wood on a radial arm saw, each day.

    He had several cords neatly stacked under a shed. Talk about free wood, and resourcefulness!!!!

    Like another poster said: Don't worry too much about the wood unless you have to pay for it.

    Always do your due diligence, and always inspect/clean your flue/chimney when you should. This will negate the 'what should I not burn" question. It will also keep you safer.

    Clove
     
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    A lot of concrete guys will spray diesel or kerosene, I forget which, on the forms before pouring. Makes the removal easier. I bet they do burn a bit better.
     
  13. Allen W

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    Mulberry burns good. There is a lot of good wood in a big trunk. I hope you cut and split it too. I don't have a wood shed and have been stacking on old pallets. Not the best but it keeps the bottom wood off the ground and dry.