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Anybody use popcorn wood?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by 31 bertram, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. 31 bertram

    31 bertram New Member

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    I was told that popcorn wood is very good to burn, just wondering if it's true or another urban legend. I have lots of popcorn trees around but don't want to mess with it if it's alot of trouble. I can't imagine it being anywhere close to oak or pecan. Thanks

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  2. Jon1270

    Jon1270 Minister of Fire

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    Doesn't grow around here, but I found this:

    Firewood Crops: Shrub & Tree Species for Energy Production

    "Energy values ranged from 4134 to 4277 kcal/kg. The wood burns well in wood stoves or fireplaces..."

    Edit: it looks like its density is in the Butternut to Douglas Fir range, so fairly soft and light.
    Ralphie Boy likes this.
  3. Trundle

    Trundle Member

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    I've never heard of a popcorn tree (but I do know that burned popcorn doesn't taste good). I would like to see a pic of these trees for my own edification.
  4. Trundle

    Trundle Member

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    Thanks for the link Jon1270. Interesting. Mentions that the wood is sometimes used in Texas for BBQ.
  5. Ralphie Boy

    Ralphie Boy Minister of Fire

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    Thanks for the link, quite informative. Just goes to show you that even an old dog can learn a new trick.:cool:
  6. Jon1270

    Jon1270 Minister of Fire

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    Happy to be of service. Now I need to go do something more tangibly productive...
  7. WhitePine

    WhitePine Feeling the Heat

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    Be cautious. Its wood seems to be toxic. I would read up on it before doing anything.
  8. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Never heard of it before.
    Now that I have.
    It's wood, it's BTUs, It'll burn :)

    PS: Keep the stove door closed when burning. LOL :)

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