Bradford pear

krex1010 Posted By krex1010, Oct 8, 2010 at 12:30 PM

  1. krex1010

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    My tree guy friend just dropped me a load of Bradford pear, maybe half a cord, anyone have an experience with this species? It seems pretty heavy and dense. I know free wood is free wood and I don't turn down anything but I have no experience burning this wood and I know someone here does! Oh and this wood is gong into next years wood pile.
     
  2. FLINT

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    Pear is related to apple and I know apple is very good firewood.

    although I know that a living bradford pear tree isn't worth a darn once it gets any snow or ice on it - they will just snap in half all over the place.

    I'd be pleased with that wood.
     
  3. billb3

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    If it's not pine it's fine.
    :)


    I burned some a very long time ago.
    I had mostly branches and a very short trunk section , so smaller stuff.
    Too long ago but I don't remember anything remarkable / unremarkable about it.
     
  4. firefighterjake

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    Never burned pear, but the general consensus seems to be that fruit trees usually are excellent for burning . . . and for smelling when splitting . . . i.e. apple, cherry, etc.
     
  5. thewoodlands

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  6. 3fordasho

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    Set some aside for smoking. I've never had any pear but when ever I get fruit wood I save a 18 gallon tote full for smoking meats, or if I just want a good smelling outdoor fire. Apple, cherry smell great on the grill too! Even better if you can save pieces without bark. My last score included almost a full cord of black cherry... mmmm.... smells good cutting, splitting, for months around the stacks,, and finally when I burn it!
     
  7. jghall

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    We had a large Bradford in our yard split a few years ago... I dropped it, bucked and split it... Let it dry and used it last year... It was great stuff I'd like to have more, very dense and heavy even when dried... And as someone else mentioned, save some for the smoker ;-)...
     
  8. krex1010

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    Nice! I figured it was good wood and I am glad to hear it works well in a smoker, which makes sense, I love apple and cherry in my smoker, looking forward to some ribs , brisket, and pulled pork!
     
  9. Backwoods Savage

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    Firewood is the absolutely best way to use any pear tree. The fruit is worthless in my book. Nasty stuff. I got some from a neighbor one time and threw it out for the deer. They wouldn't even eat the stuff.
     
  10. krex1010

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    Really? We have some pear and apple trees up at our cabin and the deer will walk right past the apples to get the pears.
     
  11. Backwoods Savage

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    Your deer have weird taste.
     
  12. heatwise

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    That wood is fine.had some a couple years ago. It split oddly from what I remember.maybe due to the pieces being mainly branch and not completely straight. If I would come across some again I'd gather it up. Pete
     
  13. krex1010

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    I don't know, they taste fine to me.
     
  14. Wood Duck

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    I have a bunch of Bradford Pear in my woodpile - they are common in yards here and took a beating last fall when the snow hit while they still had leaves. it was OK to process, considering all the crotches and knots, and seems fairly dense. i haven't burned any yet.
     
  15. gpcollen1

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    Bradford Callery Pear is not a true fruit tree/Pear. It as a propagated horticultural variety. While being a decent harder wood, it is really not a candidate for your smoker. I believe that this tree was originally from Asia somewhere...
     
  16. WoodPorn

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    PINE CAUSES CANCER!
     
  17. PA. Woodsman

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    I love it as fuelwood and for cooking as was mentioned earlier; it dries rapidly and burns nicely. I have a cemetary not far from me and I have free access to clean up whenever one or more of them cracks and falls. I usually don't get a whole lot of wood from it-it's mostly branches-but it adds up and I don't have to dispose of the branches, so I do it for goodwill; you never know what they might tell you you can have for wood. Enjoy....
     
  18. rdust

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    x2, I lost a nice one this year in a wind storm. I burned most of it in the outdoor pit. I can't see it being really hard since it grows at a rapid pace, I'll take a picture of the growth rings when I get a minute.
     
  19. Captain Hornet

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    We have had several Bradford Pears in our yard that were planted by the former owner. They were a messy tree that made a mess in the yard. They finely fell down in a little ice storm we had two years ago. They are not at all weather tolerant and I was glad to just get rid of them. They grow fairly fast so I thought the wood might not be any good. Dried a year it was fine and I'm finishing burning the last of it this year. It burns like ash and I would say there are more BTU's than popular. It's good free heat but worthless in the BBQ. They had a pear every year that was the size of a air rifle BB. Wife was glad to see them go because every spring they had a white flower that smelled like a messy diaper. David
     
  20. wood-fan-atic

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    They are the new curb tree of choice here on L.I. for about 10 years or so. Theyre EVERYWHERE!. Just got a load the other day from neighbor down the block. They took it down live, fresh ,and green. So dense and heavy, I couldnt split it worth a damn unless the rounds were below 14"! Anything longer , the maul BOUNCED! Will be NICE next year. SMELLS like candy.
     
  21. krex1010

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    So it sounds like it burns well and I can't beat the price or the fact that it gets delivered. I just got another load so I will probably end up with about a cord of it going I to next years pile
     

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