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Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Dr Bigwood, Nov 22, 2008.

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  1. Dr Bigwood

    Dr Bigwood New Member

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    Right MT. I'll have to experiment with black locust. My Stove is a Castine so the fire box isn't the biggest. Coals do take up some room!

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  2. ansehnlich1

    ansehnlich1 Minister of Fire

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    The stuff burns great, it can sit around for years and still burn great, when it gets real old it turns grey, you'll likely be burning it when the color is still yellowish/greenish....it stays that color for quite some time.

    Used for fence posts where I'm from. I've pulled old farm post that I know were in the ground for 50 years or more, and burned 'em just fine.

    One of the best burning firewoods out there, IMHO.

    I always use a big round or split of BLACK Locust or Apple for overnight burns when it's friiiiiiiigid outside.
  3. Bigg_Redd

    Bigg_Redd Minister of Fire

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    Now I've read everything.
  4. MadTripper

    MadTripper New Member

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    I pulled some locust out of my wood pile and worked on it a little in the shop. I ended up with two chunks like the following and haven't figured out what to use them for. I did carry one in my car for a bit to use as an "anti-carjacking device". Anyways, thought I'd post them.

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    Tripper
  5. Eric Johnson

    Eric Johnson Mod Emeritus

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    I work in the forest products industry, so my definition of "commercial value" is probably a bit skewed. No doubt, woods like black locust and specialty species like butternut have nice niche markets that exploit their unique attributes. They're just not part of the wider commercial commodities market like hard maple, red oak or black cherry. Most sawmills, in other words, won't buy black locust.

    It does make beautiful lumber, IMO. I love the green color and distinctive grain/pore pattern.
  6. MadTripper

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    That is funny. I was at a biomass conference on Friday and the local forester kept saying how we were being over run with "junk wood like birch, beech, locust..." and I thought to myself, that isn't junk wood, that is some of the best heat per volume wood you can get!!! Of course I mainly think in terms of usefulness for my stove whereas this guy thinks in terms of wood for $$$$. It is a wonder you don't see more applications for locust, like decks, outdoor furniture etc etc. I wanted to use locust around my garden instead of treated or RR ties so I didn't have to question what was leaching into my soil.

    Chris
  7. savageactor7

    savageactor7 Minister of Fire

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    Now I've read everything.[/quote]

    There's a lot of folks that consider Locusts to be an invasive species. Once they established they take right over. Nothing else grows by them. They put out tons or thorny suckers and baby trees and yes those thorns will give any wheeled vehicle flats.
  8. Ken45

    Ken45 Minister of Fire

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    I think there is confusion between black locust and honey locust. Black locust only has small thorns (1/4") and then only on the small branches. Probably less of an issue than blackberry bushes. Honey locust is the one with the BIG 3 to 5 inch tire piercing thorns that are on the trunk as well as the branches.

    Both are supposed to be good firewood. Black locust makes the long lasting fence posts. I've read mixed things about the rot resistance of honey locust.

    Ken
  9. Gooserider

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    1. Does black locust grow in Massachusetts?

    If so,

    2. Where can I get some healthy trees suitable for planting?

    Gooserider
  10. DaveBP

    DaveBP Minister of Fire

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    Yes, it grows like mad in Mass. Used for roadside landscaping on interstates a lot.

    I checked the usual mail order nurseries and Mass. apparently has a ban on importing them. You can collect seeds from any trees around and they grow easily. 2 feet per year if they have decent soil. I have one in front of my house that I planted 18 years ago as a 1 year seedling. It's 30 ft. tall now and shades my living room nicely in the summer.

    You might find a mail order outfit that will ship to you. Google up what you can and check out their listings for black locust. Some are less particular about state restrictions than others.
  11. Jeff S

    Jeff S Feeling the Heat

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    I have Black Locust growing in my back yard I think they have a very nice canopy and the blooms are beautiful in the spring.They propagate from both seeds and from the root system and will become a weed if not kept in check but that doesn't seem to be a problem with the wood burners.
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