She was a majestic tree 18 months ago, and I hated to cut her down, but now she's warming my house and home. I loaded up my VC cat-Encore last evening with spilts from this hickory tree, and this morning - 11 hours later ! - I had a bed of glowing coals. I threw some smaller splits on top....and a new fire starter right up. The Hickory Tree is dead. Long Live Hickory.