Elm

kingfisher Posted By kingfisher, Sep 7, 2009 at 11:18 PM

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  1. kingfisher

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    Split some Elm I cut from my friends house and it made the splitter work hard. Man thats some nasty twisted stuff

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  2. smokinj

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    drop one for my son-in-law hes saying the same thing i left after the cutting was done and left the splitter for him
     
  3. branchburner

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    The worst. I split that as a kid (by hand) in upstate NY when Dutch Elm disease was doing them in. We had 3 or 4 huge ones - pretty grand trees. Summers were never quite the same without 'em.
     
  4. burntime

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    It does burn nice though! The stringys catch quick!
     
  5. Todd

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    I hate Elm, sometimes it gets so pulverized you can't even stack it or load it in a stove.
     
  6. savageactor7

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    Yeah big pita to split...at least around here our elm trees are dying in 6-8" diameter. Not quite the burden they were 30 years ago.
     
  7. Duetech

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    A hydraulic splitter with the wedge sharpened like an axe will split the elm better by cutting more and tearing less. But only better and not great. The cutting will make the spits better for stacking. Red elm puts out about 22 million btu per cord which is just a little below red/black oak.
     
  8. Backwoods Savage

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    We split some every year. I have a bunch to burn this year. Like Todd, I usually get some nasty stuff and those just go out on the brush pile.
     
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