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90% sure of what it is...which means "I don't know"

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by schlot, Apr 20, 2013.

  1. schlot

    schlot Minister of Fire

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    Checked the tree dump again and found some more silver maple and this. I'm pretty sure it's mulberry but the bark is different (maybe an older tree) than the stuff I've cut recently.

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  2. tigeroak

    tigeroak Burning Hunk

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    That might have grew up next to a mulberry but it is not mulberry. That is what we call hard maple here. Split and stack for 2 years and it will burn good.
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  3. The Beagler

    The Beagler Burning Hunk

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    Looks like a thornless variety of honey locust.
  4. Jon1270

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    I'd buy honeylocust, though I can only attest that the bark fits; I've never split any. Definitely not any sort of maple.
  5. paul bunion

    paul bunion Minister of Fire

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    Honey locust for sure. Primo burning wood.
  6. schlot

    schlot Minister of Fire

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    Sweet. Thanks.
  7. Thistle

    Thistle Minister of Fire

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    Absolutely Honey Locust.One of the best you can get,you hit the jackpot.
  8. schlot

    schlot Minister of Fire

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    Heading back in the morning to look for more. Split and stack it for 2 years?
  9. Thistle

    Thistle Minister of Fire

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    I'd say 18-24 months,depending on how windy your area tends to be.
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  10. cygnus

    cygnus Feeling the Heat

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    Honey
  11. Wood Duck

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    Honey locust. Good stuff, although in my stacks it is prone to powder post beetle attack. I don't think the beetle larvae eat any significant portion of the wood, but they leave sawdust all over the wood below the Honey Locust. I'll still take any Honey Locust I can get.
  12. nrford

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    honey locust
  13. schlot

    schlot Minister of Fire

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    I noticed when I split a couple pieces there was a large black ant colony in the middle.
  14. schlot

    schlot Minister of Fire

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    I will put it with my honey suckle stack then.
  15. Shari

    Shari Minister of Fire

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    I just split up a cord of honey locust so my bet goes along with other posts. Boy, that's some nice smelling wood. :) I still have some knarlies to saw and some over-size trunk pieces that need noodling so I should have at least another face cord when done. This will be for the 2014-15 season.
  16. Thistle

    Thistle Minister of Fire

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    When sawing,splitting or shaping it in a fairly green state,I detect a faint pleasant smell similar to clover honey.Even when its just sitting in rounds the first few weeks.The seed pods can be opened & are edible to certain species of wildlife.
  17. Shari

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    "Clover honey" = good description. Yes, the wood we are working on is green, really green. I'm not used to working with green wood. Man, this stuff is heavy!
  18. RORY12553

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    I just stacked some very fresh oak and the stuff smells HORRIBLE!
  19. Shari

    Shari Minister of Fire

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    If you are old enough to remember babies wearing cloth diapers: Oak smells like a 3 day old diaper pail without bleach. :)
  20. Applesister

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    So why is it Honeylocust and not Hedge? Im seeing really orangy heartwood with orangy inner bark, although the bark does not look like Hedge. The honeylocust wood Ive seen from other wood forums is from the thorny kind and the heartwood is more of a blushing rose color with the tiny thorn knots showing in the grain.??
    Is the thornless variety a different tree??
    I have access to getting some of this thorn type but have passed on it.
  21. Thistle

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    Honey Locust (either the ''wild'' type with the massive thorns or the cultivated hybrids w/o thorns have the same wood color,density,strength,burning & working properties.Heartwood is salmon-pink,sometimes a bit darker,sapwood is lemon yellow to off white when freshly cut.I've been around both for 3+ decades now.Sometimes you'll find thornless' ones (non-hybrids) in 'wild' areas,this is rare though & estimates are 10% max thornless in undisturbed areas.

    Osage-Orange/Hedge is bright yellow/yellowish orange,sometimes with a slight greenish cast.Bark is completely different also.
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