savageactor7 said:Dr Bigwood the only caveat with locust is that the coals last forever and makes reloading the stove difficult. We use to be loaded with Locust here but have gone out of our way to remove all but 1 or two just for the scent of the blossoms. If you split it smaller and mix it up it'll work for you otherwise I don't think you'll be pleased burning just locust...Oh and give it an extra summer to season if you don't make the smaller splits.
I'm in the minority here but consider it a pain in the ass wood....and watch out for those thorns too.
I work in the forest products industry, so my definition of "commercial value" is probably a bit skewed. No doubt, woods like black locust and specialty species like butternut have nice niche markets that exploit their unique attributes. They're just not part of the wider commercial commodities market like hard maple, red oak or black cherry. Most sawmills, in other words, won't buy black locust.DaveBP said: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.
Just can't imagine driving rail spikes into locust ties all day.
I think there is confusion between black locust and honey locust. Black locust only has small thorns (1/4") and then only on the small branches. Probably less of an issue than blackberry bushes. Honey locust is the one with the BIG 3 to 5 inch tire piercing thorns that are on the trunk as well as the branches.savageactor7 said:There's a lot of folks that consider Locusts to be an invasive species. Once they established they take right over. Nothing else grows by them. They put out tons or thorny suckers and baby trees and yes those thorns will give any wheeled vehicle flats.
Yes, it grows like mad in Mass. Used for roadside landscaping on interstates a lot.Where can I get some healthy trees suitable for planting?