Anyone burn honeysuckle

schlot Posted By schlot, Apr 11, 2013 at 1:46 PM

  1. schlot

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    I know honey suckle is more of a bush/shrub, but the grove where I'm taking the ash and mulberry out of is VERY established honeysuckle.

    While getting to the ash, I had to remove a bunch of them. Some of the diameter of the shrubs are up to 6" and I noticed it was a hard wood as I cut it.

    Talking to the local forester he said it approaches hickory in hardness and btu value.

    Anyone have any experience in burning it? I didn't see any btu ratings for it when I did a quick google search. Also, it smelled nice as I cut it, but not sure how it smells as it burns.

    Here is some of what I did bring back.

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  2. Hickorynut

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    Looks like locust, which is very good firewood. By the way, I have a new echo saw (cs-600p) that I am really liking so far.
     
  3. Jags

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    I have burned a small amount a few years back. It burned with characteristics of locust. Good stuff.
     
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  4. Mitch Newton

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    That's interesting. I've got a ton of it. Some as big as 8-10" thick. I'll have to give it a try.
     
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  5. Jags

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    If it is big enough to be worth processing, turn it into firewood. 'Tis good stuff.
     
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  6. Paulywalnut

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    Probably has a nice fragrance burning... the flowers are full of nectar.
     
  7. schlot

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    Great news. May have to look harder at getting more of it.
     
  8. schlot

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    Great. I'm really enjoying mine too.
     
  9. ScotO

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    Looks alot like the lilac I cut a couple years back. That stuff burns like locust, I'll be getting into that stuff next burning season. The lilac shrubs I cut were more like trees, around 12-14" diameter at the base and I counted over 80 rings in them!
     
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  10. schlot

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    Now that's a lillac!
     
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  11. Applesister

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    80 years ago? Did your grandmother plant it?
    I think all shrubs have the same genetics for staying small diameter. Same as dwarf fruit trees. Like ironwood. You almost have to use a magnifying glass to see the growth rings.
    Morrows honeysuckle is on the invasive species list so cut all you can. I wrap a chain around the base of the shrub and pull it out with a tractor. Roots and all.
     
  12. ScotO

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    they were planted eons ago, I'm sure, by somebody's grandmother. We removed them at one of the tree jobs we did a few years back. I've never seen lilacs that big. They were probably almost 20' high!
     
  13. brian89gp

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    It burns pretty well. I have a 2" x 2' piece kicking around the back yard (dog likes to carry it around) for 2 years now and it hasn't rotted yet. It is pretty tough stuff.
     
  14. smokinj

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    I look for big patch's of honeysuckle when its very cold out and hunting deer. It's 10 degrees warmer under there and no wind.
     
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  15. billb3

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    I have a honeysuckle beside the driveway that my great grandfather planted for my grandmother.
    The bark is stringy and I've watched squirrels pull 4 to 6 foot strings off and drag them off into the woods.
     
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  16. schlot

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    Stringy bark is an accurate description for sure. Here is my haul. Most of the truck bed is full of ash but I did bring back a nice chunk of honeysuckle too.

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