I burn it as often as possible. It's about as goo as firewood gets around here.Dr Bigwood said:Hey there
Wondering if any of you out there have any experience burning Black Locust in your wood stove? I might have a line on a sizable quantity but am not sure how well it burns???
Same here. I'm putting up a cord from a neighbor's tree right now. Should be good to go next year.BeGreen said:I'll know next year once our stuff is ready to burn. It's supposed to be first rate firewood. A little harder to get burning, but once it's going, the fire, heat and coals are noted to be excellent.
They are very invasive and they do grow very fast. Plant one an next spring you'll have 6.Woodford said:It's one of the best hardwoods to burn. We have a lot of honey locust around here which is very good to burn, but no black locust.
I plan on ordering some black locust seedlings from the department of forestry this winter so I can plant them on the property.
Black locust is supposed to be one of the fastest growing hardwood trees. It's also supposed to be somewhat invasive, but I don't care, I want them to thrive.
It's called girdling.Dr Bigwood said:My father in law has many black locust on his property. The previous owner tried to control the evasiveness of the black locust by cutting notches in them. Thus causing them to die slowly.
Can't remember the term for this method????? Shunting?
So now there are great number of standing dead black locust.
Sure will! I had to grab some last year in the dead of winter and it burns great. The closer I got to the stump, the more moisture I found but still nothing of concern. I'm out to look for some today as I have some other wood I need to grab out the tracks. I really like standing dead timber. Very little clean up as all the little branches are removed when you fell it and it can go directly into the stove so there is a little less handling.Dr Bigwood said:Standing dead black locust is ready for burning right?
Eric, there is still a market here in Maine with the wooden boat builders. Just hard to find straight, long boles to make timbers of. Of old it was referred to as American Teak for its appearance and its rot resistance. I sawed some years ago that ended up as the cabin sole in a 50 year old teak-planked wooden sloop. Biggest uses were mine timbers and railroad ties.It doesn’t have much commercial value because there is no market for locust lumber.
Stuff that is standing will be better than stuff on the ground. Check the wood when you split it for moisture. MadTripper hit the nail on the head when he said it would get wetter closer to the stump but the stuff higher up would be closer to ideal if the weather has been dry for a while. Spring and fall will drive moisture into the wood even high up. Split the bigger rounds as stated earlier for overnight burns. A nights sleep is more restful when you don't have to contend with loading the stove. :smirk:Dr Bigwood said:Standing dead black locust is ready for burning right?