Locust is Good Burning Wood?

velvetfoot Posted By velvetfoot, Mar 23, 2006 at 3:40 PM

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. velvetfoot

    velvetfoot
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Dec 5, 2005
    8,962
    653
    Loc:
    Sand Lake, NY
    My wood guy says he can get some locust. Not sure of the variety, honey or black, not that I can tell the difference. A search shows black locust as a good wood to burn, but are there any things I should look for, like another species that looks like locust, etc.

    PS: Can anyone point me to a good picture book for tree identification? Thanks again.
     
  2. berlin

    berlin
    New Member 2.
    NULL
    

    Mar 6, 2006
    299
    0
    Loc:
    Western NY
  3. Mike Wilson

    Mike Wilson
    New Member 2.
    NULL
    

    Nov 19, 2005
    1,003
    0
    Loc:
    Orient Point, NY
    I burn about 60% black locust here, all locally harvested. It burns well, and long. Some say its the closest wood to coal, and when you see it burn, you'll understand why. It retains its shape during the burn process much longer than other woods, including oak. It also gets this jet black textured finish, which it holds while it off-gasses. Definitely a different black look than oak and the rest of them. I load the firebox up at night with locust, and have plenty of large coals 8 hours later. If you can get it, burn it. Oh, it smells like crap when burning, so close up the stove and get the secondary going as fast as possible.

    Its known as the shipmast tree, as that is what they used it for years ago. It is basically a tree-weed. If you clear a field around here its the first to invade the area. It grows very quickly, and can shoot up new trees from its roots. Definitely not a landscape tree... so BURN IT!

    -- Mike
     
  4. Corey

    Corey
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Nov 19, 2005
    2,296
    156
    Loc:
    Midwest
    I "third" that motion. Good burnin' wood. Have one in my back yard, too. Provides a nice filtered shade during the summer, but looses 85 trillion tiny leaves in the fall.

    Corey
     
  5. velvetfoot

    velvetfoot
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Dec 5, 2005
    8,962
    653
    Loc:
    Sand Lake, NY
    Thanks everyone.
     
  6. wahoowad

    wahoowad
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Dec 19, 2005
    1,630
    132
    Loc:
    Virginia
    Great burning wood. Make sure it is seasoned.
     
  7. babalu87

    babalu87
    New Member 2.
    NULL
    

    Nov 23, 2005
    1,440
    1
    Loc:
    middleborough, ma.
    I'm infested with little ones
    They do grow FAST , maybe i'll let a few grow.
    The damn thorns are enough of a deterrent to keep me from cutting them down!

    Thanks for the ID, I had no idea what they were
     
  8. Mike Wilson

    Mike Wilson
    New Member 2.
    NULL
    

    Nov 19, 2005
    1,003
    0
    Loc:
    Orient Point, NY
    Babalu, kill them now. Seriously, once established they are almost impossible to remove. Hit them with round up, strip a bark ring off them, or just pull them out of the ground. Their roots also do considerable damage, to driveways, etc.

    -- Mike
     
  9. MountainStoveGuy

    MountainStoveGuy
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Jan 23, 2006
    3,654
    2
    Loc:
    Boulder County
    isnt there a type of locust that has thorns are its trunk, and a altogether different type that has it on its branches (which i think is refferd to as hedge?)
     
  10. Mike Wilson

    Mike Wilson
    New Member 2.
    NULL
    

    Nov 19, 2005
    1,003
    0
    Loc:
    Orient Point, NY
    The Black Locust we have here have thorns on the trunk and branches when they are young. After a year or so the thorns on the trunk and older branches fall off, but the new branches and shoots all have thorns on them.

    -- Mike
     
  11. GRBW1

    GRBW1
    New Member 2.
    NULL
    

    Dec 29, 2005
    4
    0
    Easy on the Black Locust now. It's about the best wood there is for wooden boats. It rots readily when alive, but as rot resistant as cedar when seasoned. Also, seasoned locust is near impossible to plane. Harder, heavier and stronger than White Oak, but doesn't split as readily as oak. It varnishes up real nice, with a nice yellow sheen to it.

    Yes, a Black locust stem, grown to a nice sweep, parting the seas, first to meet the oncoming rush of water.

    Now if only they grew as big as oaks.
     
  12. count brewski

    count brewski
    New Member 2.
    NULL
    

    Dec 24, 2005
    30
    0
    Loc:
    Maryland
    the bark, which comes off easily after seasoning, makes wonderful kindling, as all Md. country boys know - hoard it like gold
     
  13. bruce56bb

    bruce56bb
    Feeling the Heat 2.
    NULL
    

    Nov 18, 2005
    333
    0
    Loc:
    Flint Hills of Kansas
    this pic is representative of the locust trees around here.
     

    Attached Files:

  14. velvetfoot

    velvetfoot
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Dec 5, 2005
    8,962
    653
    Loc:
    Sand Lake, NY
    I've never seen anything like that around here.
     
  15. Metal

    Metal
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Nov 18, 2005
    698
    16
    I've got about 5-10 of the ones like Bruce's pic in my backyard, definately not good climbers. I have knocked all the thorns off as high as I can reach. I walked through the leaves back there a few weeks ago and one of those thorns went through my shoe, luckily I reacted quick enough that it didn't crucify me.
     
  16. velvetfoot

    velvetfoot
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Dec 5, 2005
    8,962
    653
    Loc:
    Sand Lake, NY
    Where do you guys live anyway? I've never seen that up here in upstate NY.
     
  17. bruce56bb

    bruce56bb
    Feeling the Heat 2.
    NULL
    

    Nov 18, 2005
    333
    0
    Loc:
    Flint Hills of Kansas
    kansas
     
  18. berlin

    berlin
    New Member 2.
    NULL
    

    Mar 6, 2006
    299
    0
    Loc:
    Western NY
    I've seen a few of those trees in NY, definately not black locust though. the other locusts are worthless compared to the black locust, wood is not even close to the same hardness.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page