Ironwood!

TX-L

Burning Hunk
Sep 1, 2010
243
Tug Hill State Forest, NY
See attached photos. These were taken 4 hours after I stuffed the BK King full of seasoned Ironwood; my very favorite wood - splits easy, dries fairly quickly, and contains lots of heat potential. And this is with no flame! That cat is hot!
 

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HisTreeNut

Minister of Fire
Nov 3, 2014
1,008
Burnsville, NC
Sweet heat there...! ! ! Ironwood is something I hadn't heard of in a long time. I had a neighbor growing up that hated cutting iron wood. Said it dulled the heck out of his chainsaws. Always gave it to us as my mom always took any kind of wood . She liked to burn it as well but cherry & apple were her favorite s.
 

FaithfulWoodsman

Minister of Fire
Nov 17, 2015
653
Geographic Center of Ohio
I know many trees have this nickname, but for me the only one I really associate with it is Blue Beech, also called "muscle wood". I have one about 12' tall growing on my prop and I take good car of it. Nice heat.
 
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jatoxico

Minister of Fire
Aug 8, 2011
4,067
Long Island NY
We have it as hop hornbeam IIRC. One of my favorite woods as well. Heavy, maybe even heavier than locust (not sure) but burns nicer IMO. Wish I had more.
 

FaithfulWoodsman

Minister of Fire
Nov 17, 2015
653
Geographic Center of Ohio
We have it as hop hornbeam
I have some growing around me. Always tempted to fell one just to see what it's like. How long to season that stuff?
 

jatoxico

Minister of Fire
Aug 8, 2011
4,067
Long Island NY
I have some growing around me. Always tempted to fell one just to see what it's like. How long to season that stuff?
Hate to say I'm not sure. Got it twice after storms. Both times were fairly small amounts (1/8 cord or so) mixed in with other stuff, mainly red oak. So it got seasoned 3 yrs whether it needed it or not. My guess, just a guess is that it seasons faster than oak being more like hickory. Largest rounds I had were just over 8" I would say down to 5-6". All got split.
 

baseroom

Feeling the Heat
Nov 18, 2014
398
Rochester
It dulls chainsaws, is heavy and burns hot and long! I have some in reserve for those -0 nights!
 

Paulywalnut

Minister of Fire
Nov 29, 2012
2,651
Kennett Square, PA
If it's hornbeam Get as much as you can
 

TX-L

Burning Hunk
Sep 1, 2010
243
Tug Hill State Forest, NY
Yes, it's hop hornbeam. Superior to almost everything in regards to firewood. it's keeping company with oak, blue beech, and bitternut hickory in the woodshed. The oak has been cut/split/stacked for 4 years, the hickory for 3, and the beech and Ironwood has been sitting for 2 years. I think I have a small amount of locust in there somewhere too!