1. Welcome Hearth.com Guests and Visitors - Please enjoy our forums!
    Hearth.com GOLD Sponsors who help bring the site content to you:
    Hearthstone Soapstone and Cast-Iron stoves( Wood, Gas or Pellet Stoves and Inserts)
    Caluwe - Passion for Fire and Water ( Pellet and Wood Hydronic and Space Heating)

What is this super yellow non-locust wood I have here?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by NoPaint, Jan 23, 2012.

  1. NoPaint

    NoPaint Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2009
    Messages:
    216
    Loc:
    USA
    I had a buddy leave me some wood so I can stretch my new Huskee 22ton's legs. What do I have here? Its real yellow but not locust.

    [​IMG]

    Helpful Sponsor Ads!





  2. chvymn99

    chvymn99 Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Nov 20, 2010
    Messages:
    652
    Loc:
    Kansas
    Looks to be Mulberry. Said to be good wood, haven't officially used mine yet. But its related to Hedge.
  3. Constrictor

    Constrictor Member

    Joined:
    Dec 9, 2008
    Messages:
    168
    Loc:
    Home of the white squirrel Missouri
    What you have there is hedge aka osage orange
  4. blujacket

    blujacket Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2008
    Messages:
    616
    Loc:
    West Carrollton,Ohio
    +1 Mulberry, splits easy. Love it.
  5. NoPaint

    NoPaint Member

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2009
    Messages:
    216
    Loc:
    USA
    It does look pretty mulberry to me now that you mention it. I hope its good and hard so I don't get all those wood boring ants in it :/
  6. jeff_t

    jeff_t Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2008
    Messages:
    3,449
    Loc:
    SE MI
    Mulberry. Those ends were probably a lot brighter yellow when it was cut. Let's see a fresh split.
  7. Wood Duck

    Wood Duck Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2009
    Messages:
    4,040
    Loc:
    Central PA
    Take a look at a recent thread about the Golden Wall. That thread has great pics of Osage Orange (aka Hedge) that look a lot like your wood.

    Edit: I don't really see Hedge or Mulberry firewood very often, but I bet it is one of the two.
  8. KarlP

    KarlP Feeling the Heat

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2005
    Messages:
    485
    Another vote for Mulberry. My favorite firewood! Burns great but sparks like crazy after one summer of seasoning. The fireworks show isn't as spectacular the 2nd year and it burns even better then.
  9. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2010
    Messages:
    3,687
    Loc:
    Indiana
    I'm pretty sure that is NOT hedge because of the way the bark looks. Is the sap super-sticky? If so, it could be hedge....and a very funky looking one at that. I'm thinking Mulberry too.
  10. dannynelson77

    dannynelson77 Feeling the Heat

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2010
    Messages:
    285
    Loc:
    PA
    Mulberry......good stuff! Just am finishing up about a half cord of it thats been split/stacked for almost 2 years.....coals VERY well!!
  11. CTYank

    CTYank Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2010
    Messages:
    902
    Loc:
    SW CT
    If you'd disclose your location, it'd help greatly in filtering guesswork.

    Being in "USA" doesn't help much. Witness protection thing?
  12. hareball

    hareball Member

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2009
    Messages:
    699
    Loc:
    Jersey shore/pines
    Here is a round of mulberry. I split this April 2010, just burned a few splits the other night and it put on a big show!

    [​IMG]

    Split
    [​IMG]
  13. seeyal8r

    seeyal8r Feeling the Heat

    Joined:
    Jan 20, 2011
    Messages:
    272
    Loc:
    North Central Oklahoma
    I've got a load of mulberry at my house. Looks exactly the same. Definitely not bois darc.
  14. wishlist

    wishlist Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Mar 28, 2011
    Messages:
    540
    Loc:
    Corunna, Michigan
    I'm not sure what you have nopaint but I'm 100% sure that splitter needs to get dirty! You must have read the manual, I see its set to split correctly! Congrats on the new splitter, it will serve you well. :)
  15. mtarbert

    mtarbert Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2006
    Messages:
    524
    Loc:
    Maryland
    Looks like mulberry to me and I have burned tons of it. Great all around for the stove but, stinkbugs Love to winter over in it. Whenever I bring it into the house the buggers are flying around for hours. I had to buy a butterfly net to capture them in-flight after a couple died and got cooked on the top of the stove...............Not a pleasant smell
    jimbom likes this.
  16. PA. Woodsman

    PA. Woodsman Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2007
    Messages:
    1,116
    Loc:
    Emmaus, Pennsylvania
    Interesting to hear this-its all over the place here East of you like a weed!
  17. RORY12553

    RORY12553 Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Dec 12, 2011
    Messages:
    504
    Loc:
    Southern NY
    Have something that is a deeper red but has the same white stripes on the outside before the bark? Red oak or something else?
  18. hareball

    hareball Member

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2009
    Messages:
    699
    Loc:
    Jersey shore/pines
    Rory, here is a red oak

    [​IMG]
  19. Thistle

    Thistle Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2010
    Messages:
    4,206
    Loc:
    Central IA
    Absolutely Mulberry,one of my favs.Very widespread around here though not found in whole stands like most other hardwoods.Usually I get some each year,everyone one wants them gone from their yard,even the fruitless male ones it seems.

    Apr. 2007

    Apr.2010

    June 2010 cut 2 months w/green sprouts

    Attached Files:

  20. jeff_t

    jeff_t Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Sep 14, 2008
    Messages:
    3,449
    Loc:
    SE MI
    I like how it goes from super-bright-haven't-peed-in-12-hours-yellow to deep, rich, dark brown after a couple of days in the sun.
  21. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 12, 2010
    Messages:
    3,687
    Loc:
    Indiana
    Here's a recent load of hedge for comparison:

    Attached Files:

  22. Mr A

    Mr A Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2011
    Messages:
    597
    Loc:
    N. California
    Late to the conversation. Lots of what people call "fruitless" mulberry in Sacramento, grown on city and suburban lots. Fast growing shade tree. It is a water seeker, roots grow into waste lines and trunk roots tend to grow above ground and into driveways. I had a big one I had cut down, took it to the dump. This was before I took to burning wood, had no no clue at the time. A neighbor around the corner is cutting one down, I have been loading it up, he is grateful not having to haul it off himself. I have a few truckloads from craigslist also. This is the only thread I have found at Hearth on mulberry. Not much anywhere else either. I have never burned it myself, but I read somewhere else it is similar to pear, is good for smoking meats, may be good for the next pork roast.
  23. Woody Stover

    Woody Stover Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Dec 25, 2010
    Messages:
    5,419
    Loc:
    Southern IN
    Yeah, that stuff is a whole 'nother magnitude of yellow.
  24. Gark

    Gark Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 27, 2007
    Messages:
    808
    Loc:
    SW Michigan
    Mullberry around here is often riddled with 3/16" oblong channels made by some hungry wood chewing bug. The tunnels are usually close to the heartwood/sapwood border and the bugs shove mountains of sawdust and frass out of the holes. Not unusual to see pyramids of the sawdust on the splits under the one getting chewed. Mullberry burns great. Good score!
  25. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2005
    Messages:
    46,729
    Loc:
    South Puget Sound, WA
    Do a search on mulberry in this forum. There are lots more threads on this wood.

Share This Page