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Posted By Trilifter7,
Feb 26, 2013 at 10:57 AM
The red color really varies in intensity and amount from what I've split.
The red ring is from fungus so some are darker than others. This tree had a light red pattern to it but only noticeable up close. I'll try to get a better pick of a piece.
I have Box Elder.... no value to scrounger? I have a near dead one but I don't even want too burn it.
One thing you can remember is that box elder is in the maple family so that says right off that it is good wood. No, it will not compare with oak or ash or beech but it will burn and give you good heat. In mid winter use it only for day time burning because it won't hold the fires long like other hardwoods. Fall and spring are good times to use it also.
We've burned quite a bit of box elder but haven't had any for many years now. I do not recall it smelling bad when burning but then, people tell me that red oak is foul smelling too. I do not think so at all.
Good to know Dennis. I'll try burning some early next year and see how it does. Most of it is split big and long so if it does ok I might save some for day burning like you said.