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Mulberry

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by pistonslap, Nov 23, 2012.

  1. pistonslap

    pistonslap Burning Hunk

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    Has anybody burned mulberry? I got a medium size mulberry that's been down for 2 yrs. from a yard near where I work. I split it 3 mos. ago and it was dry as a bone. It doesn't burn very well or throw a lot of heat. I've had to throw locust in with it to keep the stove up to temp. Has anyone else had this problem or is it just me? It's hard to turn down free wood but I guess I'll pass on it next time.

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  2. Wood Duck

    Wood Duck Minister of Fire

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    I sounds like the Mulberry isn't as dry as you think it is. Mulberry is very dense, high BTU wood, and should burn very well if it is dry.
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  3. Maple man

    Maple man Burning Hunk

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    i used 2 cords of mulberry last year it put out good heat sounds like yours might not have been seasond long enough.
  4. Thistle

    Thistle Minister of Fire

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    Have been burning it off & on for 30 years.Burning a few small chunks right now infact.Climbed up 20 ft this morning & trimmed most of the long dead from the big old tree in back yard.Most hanging over neighbors yard along my fence.

    Great stuff,very similar to Red/Black Oak in density & heat value,not quite as good as White Oak however.Good coals.

    Normally I get a little every year,quite plentiful in the Midwest & most areas east & south of me.Dries in 12-18 months,can be stubborn splitting when its in its usual crooked and/or knotty appearance.
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  5. JOHN BOY

    JOHN BOY Minister of Fire

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    Mullberry is some great BTU firewood , very dense like others have said. its worth getting ;)
  6. weatherguy

    weatherguy Minister of Fire

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    Did you test it with a moisture meter or just going by looks? Looks can be decieving, I found that out after I bought a MM.
  7. geoxman

    geoxman Feeling the Heat

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    Mulberry is one of my most favorite woods to burn. It burns hot and seasons quick, it is a cousin to Hedge and sparks just like it as well. Happy burning
  8. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    Mulberry is Sweeet fire wood....Only thing I dont like is it takes a little longer to bust a cord.
  9. blwncrewchief

    blwncrewchief Burning Hunk

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    Mulberry as stated above is very good firewood. Real close to locust as far as burning and get it any chance I can. If you are having trouble getting enough heat with mulberry something is wrong with the wood. Mulberry is one of the few woods I will go out of my way to get. Out of the wood around here my desired premium list from top to bottom would be: locust - osage orange (hedge) - mulberry - hickory - sugar maple - oak.
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  10. pistonslap

    pistonslap Burning Hunk

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    It was on the ground for a couple of years until I split and stacked it. It sure seemed dry, but I must be wrong. Oh well, I'll save the rest til next year. And it was tough to split. Thanks.
  11. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Pistonslap, being on the ground is the key to why it does not burn well. Now you have it stacked and off the ground, leave it a year and then burn it.
  12. chuckie5fingers

    chuckie5fingers Member

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    if that mulberry isnt cooking you out of the house then it isnt ready.... That stuff burns really hot
    try it next year, I bet it'll be great then...
    chuck
  13. chuckie5fingers

    chuckie5fingers Member

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    it is definately harder to split when dry...

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