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Very hard wood

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by manfred, Sep 8, 2010.

  1. manfred

    manfred Member

    Feb 15, 2010
    I cut a dead red oak yesterday that was so hard I expected to see sparks from my chain!
    What causes wood to get this hard after it has been dead for awhile?
    It looks like it will really burn good.

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  2. Battenkiller

    Battenkiller Minister of Fire

    Nov 26, 2009
    Just Outside the Blue Line
    The other day I cut about a cord of black locust that was standing dead until the bark was falling off, and I did see sparks... lots of them. Brand new chain needs sharpening already.

    I don't know the biological reason, but it seems that any kind of standing dead tree gets sort of petrified after a while. Even the pine and spruce trees in the forests I camp in get hard as a rock, ringing like a bell when I hit them with the back of my bow saw. Best campfire wood there is IMO.
  3. albertj03

    albertj03 Minister of Fire

    Oct 16, 2009
    Southern Maine
    I usually cut a few standing dead red oaks every fall and the wood usually has a very very thin layer of rot on the outside but the rest of the wood is super hard and dense. I usually get a moisture reading between 10 - 20% and the stuff burns great. Most of the time these are dead off-shoots of a large living oak so they aren't to big and the top is typically rotted out. I just cut some the other day and found it fairly easy to split with my Fiskars Super Splitter. I love cutting stuff like this and being able to burn it right away.
  4. oldspark

    oldspark Guest

    Just pointing out the obvious, green wood cuts way easier than seasoned wood.

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