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White Oak or Black Locust

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Craig S., Nov 5, 2013.

  1. Craig S.

    Craig S. Member

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    Have a load of both available for drop off (not a bad problem to have). Only have room for one ... which way would you go?
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  2. blades

    blades Minister of Fire

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    I'd be making room to keep both. Both are going to be 3 years out before usable
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  3. Paulywalnut

    Paulywalnut Minister of Fire

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    Keep both. If you can't can the guy bring it 300 miles south? I'd keep the white oak. Locust is primo wood but
    it burns much better together with another type of wood in the stove. I'd cram both loads in somewhere.
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  4. USMC80

    USMC80 Minister of Fire

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    send the locust to NJ
  5. Lakeside

    Lakeside Burning Hunk

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    I would go with the Black locust , I think it seasons faster than the white Oak and it will deffinity not rot out on you.
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  6. dmmoss51

    dmmoss51 Feeling the Heat

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    I'm a fan of the nice fine clean ash I get from red oak... thinking white oak would be about the same?
  7. Craig S.

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    Oak is gone. Locust it is.
  8. teutonicking

    teutonicking Feeling the Heat

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    Wow, it's like Sophie's Choice. I'd take the locust--it won't rot for 75 years, even if touching the ground. But both are primo.
  9. Reckless

    Reckless Feeling the Heat

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    White oak sap wood and bark will rot faster anyway... you made out good :)
  10. My Oslo heats my home

    My Oslo heats my home Minister of Fire

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    the folks you are getting that Locust from, is it FULLY seasoned wood?
  11. Standingdead

    Standingdead Burning Hunk

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    Some guys have all the luck, hmmmm white oak or locust. It's like trying to pick between two super models. I usually get them leftovers poppel and it's cousin willow. Hey I am not complaining! Just don't judge me for fantasizing on a cold night over the prospects of an evening with locust ;).
  12. Craig S.

    Craig S. Member

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    I wish.
  13. Wood Duck

    Wood Duck Minister of Fire

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    I'd choose Black Locust. Both are great, but locust doesn't rot.
  14. Craig S.

    Craig S. Member

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    Got the locust. More available free but I have to pick up. I might have a problem.
  15. BillLion

    BillLion Minister of Fire

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    BL is amazing. I would have picked that one anyway, personally.
  16. STIHLY DAN

    STIHLY DAN Minister of Fire

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    locust is the best. Get all you can. even if its 3 splits at a time on a bicycle, it's worth it. Much better than any oak.
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  17. gzecc

    gzecc Minister of Fire

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    I agree on the BL. IMO it beats oak all day and night long. Its even better mixed with some other hard wood, but still good on its own.
  18. Craig S.

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    12 miles each way to get the BL. Looks like I'm in for at least one more trip.
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  19. Craig S.

    Craig S. Member

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    Grabbed another truckload of BL.
    There's still a ton there ... I wish I had a bigger truck.
  20. BillLion

    BillLion Minister of Fire

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    And I wish I was there! :)

    Congrats on your score!
  21. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

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    BL all the way. Get as much as you can. Burns hot and seasons far faster than any Oak.
  22. Craig S.

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    Couldn't resist. Went back this afternoon for one more load of BL. So much still there for the taking.

    My name is Craig and I have a wood problem.
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  23. ailanthus

    ailanthus Feeling the Heat

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    If storage space i an issue, locust is the easy choice because it seasons so much faster- nice score:)!! (but I haven't noticed any pics:mad:)
  24. red oak

    red oak Minister of Fire

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    White oak is primo firewood for sure but locust seasons faster and burns hotter. If I had to choose one I would take the locust.
  25. iceman

    iceman Minister of Fire

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    Lemme give you some advice........
    Black Locust is def top of the list for best burning woods... period!
    it wont rot so get all you can, stick where ever you can and don't worry about it.
    Rent a uhaul truck or whatever is within reason and get as much as you possibly can!
    There is a little learning curve to burning it. If you are splitting it, try to stack it by size.
    The stuff burns like coal when all said and done, I take smaller splits and mix with bigger splits of oak.
    During I pack stove full in the morning at 5am come home at 330 throw in a few pieces of other stuff load stove for the night at 6pm.
    Using BL reduces my wood usage by almost a cord compared to using all red oak.. I don't have to fill the stove to the max unless it is one of the brutal winter days. I am heating about 2800sq ft with a summit that's basically at one end of my house.
    BL is hard to find for firewood in the western mass so when anyone has it .... well you know
    you will be very happy with the BL!
    Good luck!

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