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Elm?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by beagler, Oct 14, 2008.

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  1. beagler

    beagler Member

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    How is elm to burn? It seems very hard to split and cut. I have some wood that I think is elm that I was splitting the other day. It was very stringy and hard on my 30 ton splitter!

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  2. Dill

    Dill Feeling the Heat

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    It burns awesome. Its not terribly common up here in the northeast after the Dutch Elm diesease. But I can still find them in swampy areas standing dead. Not fun to split by hand but nice in the stove.
  3. jeffman3

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    We burn allot of elm, and it is great. :) It is very hard to split by hand, (many trips to the chiropractor later, I bought a 28 ton splitter.) With the splitter it isn't a problem. It really is great in the stove. I have found that dry elm splits pretty good if it is straight grained, but the knotty stuff is another story. If it is still stringy I would check it with a moisture meter. Elm hold allot of water when green, and can take a while to dry out. Just make sure it is good and dry and you will be very happy with the results.
  4. beagler

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    Thanks! Does anyone have pics of elm wood? I would like to compare to see if I have elm or not. This wood also has a strange odor.
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    bayshorecs New Member

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    Looks like it to me. Is the bark "shotguned"?

    You can just about forget about hand/small splitter splitting "Y" pieces of elm. They just laugh at you.

    If they are dry and a few year dead (with a good crack down the side), you can get them easy. Without that, just a lot of swearing.
  7. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Does this look like yours? If so....its elm.

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    savageactor7 Minister of Fire

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    It's a pain to split but I like it and burn quite a bit of it.
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    As other have stated, tough to split, stringy and twisted wood fibers. Once dried, I think it burns real well, and is sometimes under-rated
  10. Corey

    Corey Minister of Fire

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    How did you get such a nice clean split? It's usually a lot more stringy than that!! :)
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    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    You mean like this?????

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    I have about 12-15 pieces of this in my wood I bought this year and boy is it a pain to split (4 lb maul and wedge). I've managed to get through some of it, but I'll need to borrow a splitter to get through the rest. I've found the shorter the rounds (i.e. 10-12" rounds) the easier it is to split. I'm very glad to hear though that my work is worth it in that it burns well!

    I was able to get some pieces that were fairly clean, like the picture posted earlier. It seems this was a result of getting lucky finding a decently straight grain. The wedge is a necessity and after cracking one end I've had some success turning the piece over and going at it from the other end. Once in half, I've found it gets much easier...
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    If I can give you one suggestion that may help (other than a hydraulic splitter), is to peel off of the edges, kinda like peeling the layers of an onion.
  14. beagler

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    Thanks for the pics! I can now confirm that I have elm. It seems to be very sappy/oily.
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    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Hmmmm....never noticed that, but I am usually working with long dead stuff.
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    I split elm by hand... but ONLY when it's very cold!
  17. Corey

    Corey Minister of Fire

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    NOW you're talkin' !! Ahhh....good ole' elm!
  18. Gark

    Gark Minister of Fire

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    Elm burns real nice, but refuses to split. Have resorted to 'splitting' it with the chainsaw.
    Way too many cuss words splitting by hand. Hold your saw bar at 45 degree angle to the round's
    centerline to avoid clogging the saw's clutch housing with "curly fries". Quite satisfying to
    take it apart with the saw after pounding it for 20 minutes (no results) with the maul.
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    Gark Minister of Fire

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    Oh yeah, cutting elm rounds into disks about 3" thickness with the saw works
    too. The disks dry faster than normal splits if stacked with alot of airspace.
    For woodburners without a hydraulic splitter,
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    I primairily burn elm (red elm) it is easy to find for me standing with the bark off it cuts nice and is a little hard to split but I have a hydraulic splitter so no problems my guess is that with the dutch elms diesese there will one day be no elm
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