American Hophornbeam

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  1. thewoodlands

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    I made the run up top, this was the only thing across the trail so I cut most of it up but left the rest. After checking on the downed beech (spring job) I came across another American Hophornbeam which I cut up.

    Pic 6713 is the one that was across the trail.

    I made my way down so I could check the trails on the rest of our property, if the weather is ok tomorrow I'll be getting some topped off cherry.
     

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    I LOVE that wood.
    I've got prolly around 30-40 acres of that and regular hornbeam in some bottom land I own to cut over the next 20 years.
    It's all under 8" so not much splitting. I rate it right up there with white oak and hickory.
    Great stuff.
     
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    We burned some but not enough to say so, my neighbor who sold us the land loves it. I offered him a load of cherry one day when I was coming out of the woods, his answer was no thank you, about three weeks later I came out of the woods with a load of Ironwood so I stopped by his place since he was out front, what do you have there, he took the load of Ironwood.
     
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    I'll second that ! It doesn't smell like cherrry but it doesn't burn like it either. Happy Days
     
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    Wow. Zap and Lee have some good stuff there.
     
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    Sounds like Lee has a chit load. Once I was back in the wind picked up some, made it feel real cold.

    Looks like Sunday I'll grab some topped off Cherry at the base of a west facing hill, lets hope the sun is out.
     
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    Great stuff.Where I cut there isnt much of it & not many are over 7"-8",but it sure burns a long time what little I've burned. Right up there with White Oak,Hickory,Honey Locust.Wish I had 10 more acres of the stuff,it rarely grows in pure stands around here unfortunately.
     
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    Hornbeam is the best
     
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    We have some Hophornbeam .
    Hornbeam (blue beech) grows like weeds here everywhere. Lots of bottomland around swamps with nothing growing other than aspen and hornbeam.
     
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    When Sav was up he noticed we had some blue beech (muscle wood) how long does it take to season?
     
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    Same as Hophornbeam.
     
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    That shaggy stuff in pic 6714 is hornbeam aka ironwood?
     
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    Nope,its the closely related Hophornbeam Ostrya Virginiana Both are similar in density,color,heat value etc.Different looking bark,seeds though.Both are called Ironwood in several locations.
     
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    thanks, now I know what to loo for, havent burned any yet
     
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    Zap, will you split those, or burn like that? I have some on the other side of the property - I'll have to get use of a neighbor's land for access, and have enough to do on this side of the ridge, so it keeps getting put off. I remember my Grandfather introducing me to it as ironwood many years ago.
     
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    Good stuff...I had about 2 or three good size wheel barrows of it. Kept it seperate so I could give it a try as don't get a lot of it. Brought some in about a week ago during our cold snap and it burned darn good and lasted well. Close to locust but mind you I said close.
     
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    I've heard great stories about that hophornbeam but I've never had any. It does grow here but none where I've been cutting. Send me a couple of rounds in 2 years so I can try it.==c
     
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    I've heard great things about hophornbeam but never had any. It does grow around here just not where I've been cutting. Hey Zap, stick some stamps on a couple of rounds and mail them to me so I can try them out in a couple of years!==c
     
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    Most of that will stay in rounds, I did cut some before fall that needed splitting. I take the ironwood that is topped off or down, still have some nice stuff standing.
     
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    As dense as that stuff is,it'll take more than a couple stamps!;lol I have a couple 6 1/2" diameter x 23" long rounds - semi-dead when cut over a year ago.Each one's about 20lbs! Will be lamp bases or something similar one day....
     
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    Two years ago in the spring I flew into http://www.cvgairport.com/ from North Carolina, everything was flooding then while waiting for our plane to Syracuse we had a tornado warning, tunnels here we come, it was called off 15 minutes later.
     
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    I split some for my neighbor today, nice color on the inside.
     
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    Agree with all who like hophornbeam. Hard stuff but decent to split, and burns long and hot with great coals. We have a grove of it in our woods that I harvest a little from every year or so.

    When we bought our farm, one of the hay mows in the barn was built using 6"- 8" hophornbeam logs as joists. We removed that mow and as a result I had about a dozen logs 16' long to use for firewood. Man, THAT was an easy score for sure! ;) I originally thought the logs were oak before I learned what they actually were and that they had been taken from the farm woods back in the late 40's to make the mow joists.
     
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    BTW ZAP, always love your trail pics. Nice place you have there!
     
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    Thanks AJS56. The original owner loved the woods, he did some trapping,hunting along with some fishing in the brook, he even had a small sawmill back on the property, he put in all the trails so we have the easy job of just keeping them open.

    I wish I had some pictures but the family lost there house (belongings) to a fire long ago.
     
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