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Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by rayburn, Mar 4, 2009.

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  1. rayburn

    rayburn New Member

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    How good of a burning wood is sycamore? I was able to score a load left along the road by tree crew> Never burned it before anybody have any expierience with it?

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  2. Chief Ryan

    Chief Ryan New Member

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    I have a bunch and i like it. It burns like a softer maple (i think it is a maple)

    Get as much as you can.
  3. rayburn

    rayburn New Member

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    ITs next years wood Ill split and and stack it this weekend. Just dont have any experience with it.
  4. adrpga498

    adrpga498 Minister of Fire

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    I hope you have a hydrolic splitter.Tough stuff to split by hand.
  5. rayburn

    rayburn New Member

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    I got a 27 ton splitter. Wood seems heavy in weight and the age rings are tight.
  6. Jamess67

    Jamess67 Feeling the Heat

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    There is one of these right next to my house and I HATE it. Its a very dirty tree. If it burns well Im getting my chainsaw out.. EVIL LAUGH
  7. lexybird

    lexybird Minister of Fire

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    garbage wood ...i wouldnt waste my time
  8. ansehnlich1

    ansehnlich1 Minister of Fire

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    It ain't a good burner like locust or oak. I use it in spring and fall, when it gets cold outside I leave it in the pile and grab the oak, the cherry, the locust, the ash, etc.
  9. AbeAinPa

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    I tried to split some sycamore today and I've had an easier time splitting crotch wood than this stuff, very tough! Tried to spilt an 8" piece and after three of my best whacks, still wasn't split. The bole wood (trunk) was a bit easier, but still tough stuff.
  10. JerseyWreckDiver

    JerseyWreckDiver New Member

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    I burned quite a bit of it this year. First time, mostly storm drops from last spring. It burns well, dries pretty fast too. It is a groan to split, kinda like Elm. I wouldn't turn it down for free, nothing against it at all, the heating value is just a little less then Ash. I just wish it would split & stack straight, although what I had was all branch wood so there wasn't any chance of that.
  11. woodburn

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    Why do you say this? It has a decent burn value on all the charts I've seen.
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    Most people with experience cutting/spliting Sycamore don't like it because it is soooo heavy when green, and will put a hurtin' on a good hydraulic splitter.


    Don't even think about using a maul on that stuff, super stringy, nasty stuff with funky grain. It does burn OK though.
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