Sickeeeeeeemore

Shipper50 Posted By Shipper50, Apr 7, 2009 at 10:23 PM

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  1. Shipper50

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    My neighbor has a Sycamore tree that was left by the loggers who left the tops and he has bucked what is left of it. Is the wood worth seasoning and how long should I look for this to season?

    I can put it in the open where the wind and sun can get to it all the time, just want to make sure its worth the hassle.

    Thanks
    Shipper
     
  2. Jamess67

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    I hear its a last resort wood. I wouldnt mess with it.
     
  3. webby3650

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    It's HORABILE to split and is usually wringing wet. I agree, it's a last resort, I wouldn't work to hard for it!
     
  4. lexybird

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    sometimes called gopher wood ,throw a piece in the stove ,then go for another one ,burns up like cardboard
     
  5. Backwoods Savage

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    But it will burn.... If you can get it and split it you can burn it. Personally, I'd take it.
     
  6. ansehnlich1

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    hmmm, anybody that's got sycamore and don't want it can drop it off at my place :)

    sure, it ain't oak or hickory, but I'm burnin' some right now, it's perfect for spring and fall.

    lights easy, burns hot, great for short fires.

    splits hard depending on growth habit of tree, a straight trunk ain't too bad to split by hand, but large twisted pieces can be nasty.

    dries in one season if split rather small and left in the sun and wind.

    if you have a splitter I'd take it for sure. if you split by hand, and it's straight stuff, not too bad, if you split by hand and its a big trunk diameter you'll pound the wedges quite a bit to split it for sure.
     
  7. Chief Ryan

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    It's a pain in the neck to split but it burns ok. Burns like a soft maple (which i think it is). I had a bunch this year. It's great to get a fire going.
     
  8. Risser09

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    Agree that you should go for it. Free wood is free wood. It actually burns pretty hot with lots of intense flame action.
     
  9. gpcollen1

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    It is not a Maple...
     
  10. Shipper50

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    Since my buddy next door had it mostly bucked up and laying on the groung I went ahead and threw it in my trailer. Someone once told me when I burn it, it beats a snowball.

    Shipper
     

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  11. PA. Woodsman

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    I personally like Sycamore; its heavy as heck when fresh, pretty light when dry, but it ignites easily, burns nicely and throws some good heat-not like Hickory or Locust or so, but pretty good heat. I take it when I can get it. I think that it kind of smells like "wet grass" when green.


    And that picture of your dog is too much! Great photo...
     
  12. ansehnlich1

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    shipper you done right gettin' that sycamore, i got a pile of it on the back porch and it's perfect for this time of year...i just keep it separate in my wood pile so i know where it is when i want it :)
     
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