Anyone burn honeysuckle

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schlot

Minister of Fire
Nov 21, 2011
771
Iowa
I know honey suckle is more of a bush/shrub, but the grove where I'm taking the ash and mulberry out of is VERY established honeysuckle.

While getting to the ash, I had to remove a bunch of them. Some of the diameter of the shrubs are up to 6" and I noticed it was a hard wood as I cut it.

Talking to the local forester he said it approaches hickory in hardness and btu value.

Anyone have any experience in burning it? I didn't see any btu ratings for it when I did a quick google search. Also, it smelled nice as I cut it, but not sure how it smells as it burns.

Here is some of what I did bring back.

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Hickorynut

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Jan 10, 2012
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western ky.
Looks like locust, which is very good firewood. By the way, I have a new echo saw (cs-600p) that I am really liking so far.
 

Jags

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Aug 2, 2006
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I have burned a small amount a few years back. It burned with characteristics of locust. Good stuff.
 
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Mitch Newton

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Apr 4, 2012
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Beavercreek, Ohio
I have burned a small amount a few years back. It burned with characteristics of locust. Good stuff.
That's interesting. I've got a ton of it. Some as big as 8-10" thick. I'll have to give it a try.
 
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Jags

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Aug 2, 2006
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That's interesting. I've got a ton of it. Some as big as 8-10" thick. I'll have to give it a try.
If it is big enough to be worth processing, turn it into firewood. 'Tis good stuff.
 
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Paulywalnut

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Nov 29, 2012
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Kennett Square, PA
Probably has a nice fragrance burning... the flowers are full of nectar.
 

schlot

Minister of Fire
Nov 21, 2011
771
Iowa
Great news. May have to look harder at getting more of it.
 

schlot

Minister of Fire
Nov 21, 2011
771
Iowa
Looks like locust, which is very good firewood. By the way, I have a new echo saw (cs-600p) that I am really liking so far.
Great. I'm really enjoying mine too.
 
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ScotO

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Looks alot like the lilac I cut a couple years back. That stuff burns like locust, I'll be getting into that stuff next burning season. The lilac shrubs I cut were more like trees, around 12-14" diameter at the base and I counted over 80 rings in them!
 
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schlot

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Nov 21, 2011
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Iowa
Looks alot like the lilac I cut a couple years back. That stuff burns like locust, I'll be getting into that stuff next burning season. The lilac shrubs I cut were more like trees, around 12-14" diameter at the base and I counted over 80 rings in them!
Now that's a lillac!
 
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Applesister

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Dec 5, 2012
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Upstate NY
Looks alot like the lilac I cut a couple years back. That stuff burns like locust, I'll be getting into that stuff next burning season. The lilac shrubs I cut were more like trees, around 12-14" diameter at the base and I counted over 80 rings in them!
80 years ago? Did your grandmother plant it?
I think all shrubs have the same genetics for staying small diameter. Same as dwarf fruit trees. Like ironwood. You almost have to use a magnifying glass to see the growth rings.
Morrows honeysuckle is on the invasive species list so cut all you can. I wrap a chain around the base of the shrub and pull it out with a tractor. Roots and all.
 
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ScotO

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80 years ago? Did your grandmother plant it?
I think all shrubs have the same genetics for staying small diameter. Same as dwarf fruit trees. Like ironwood. You almost have to use a magnifying glass to see the growth rings.
Morrows honeysuckle is on the invasive species list so cut all you can. I wrap a chain around the base of the shrub and pull it out with a tractor. Roots and all.
they were planted eons ago, I'm sure, by somebody's grandmother. We removed them at one of the tree jobs we did a few years back. I've never seen lilacs that big. They were probably almost 20' high!
 

brian89gp

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Mar 15, 2008
505
Kansas City
It burns pretty well. I have a 2" x 2' piece kicking around the back yard (dog likes to carry it around) for 2 years now and it hasn't rotted yet. It is pretty tough stuff.
 

smokinj

Minister of Fire
Aug 11, 2008
15,980
Anderson, Indiana
I look for big patch's of honeysuckle when its very cold out and hunting deer. It's 10 degrees warmer under there and no wind.
 
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billb3

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Dec 14, 2007
4,674
SE Mass
I have a honeysuckle beside the driveway that my great grandfather planted for my grandmother.
The bark is stringy and I've watched squirrels pull 4 to 6 foot strings off and drag them off into the woods.
 
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schlot

Minister of Fire
Nov 21, 2011
771
Iowa
Stringy bark is an accurate description for sure. Here is my haul. Most of the truck bed is full of ash but I did bring back a nice chunk of honeysuckle too.

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