This wood is too hot to burn when temps are in high 20's.

HisTreeNut

Minister of Fire
Nov 3, 2014
1,071
Burnsville, NC
Osage orange just a few splits almost roasted us out,had to open the door for 20 minutes. View attachment 254561
I heard osage orange is lousy wood anyway...send it all to me and I will suffer through using it all up...
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Sawset

Minister of Fire
Feb 14, 2015
978
Palmyra, WI
It pays to burn lighter woods in mild temps. Save the full load of white oak or similar for colder temps. Poplar and basswood for mild temps, cherry and elm for cooler 20s, oak and locus for the frozen tundra.
 
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weatherguy

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Feb 20, 2009
5,756
Central Mass
I'd love to try that wood, none around where I live that I know of, plenty of oak and hickory but osage seems to be a good step above those.
 

trguitar

Feeling the Heat
Dec 2, 2011
265
Harvard, MA
I'm with Sawset. I use white pine if it's 32 or above; red maple, cherry, or white birch if it's between 20 and 32; and oak, black locust, or sugar maple under 20. I've never had to open a window or door.
 

BeautifulBC

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Dec 29, 2019
11
B.C.
Some of you do so much planning, keep records of amount burned, have a moisture level meter, and more.
I just light my wood heater, throw in whatever wood is next in the pile of about 5 or possibly 6 species of tree, couldn't tell you in volume how much i used, or what the moisture level is of any wood I burn....I feel unprepared since joining this forum, before then thought I had it all sorted out.
 

Grizzerbear

Minister of Fire
Feb 12, 2019
591
SW Missoura
Some of you do so much planning, keep records of amount burned, have a moisture level meter, and more.
I just light my wood heater, throw in whatever wood is next in the pile of about 5 or possibly 6 species of tree, couldn't tell you in volume how much i used, or what the moisture level is of any wood I burn....I feel unprepared since joining this forum, before then thought I had it all sorted out.
Dont worry.....soon you will be nuts like the rest of us.
 

Woody Stover

Minister of Fire
Dec 25, 2010
12,160
Southern IN
I'd love to try that wood, none around where I live that I know of, plenty of oak and hickory but osage seems to be a good step above those.
Red Oak 24mBTU, White 25.7, Shag Hickory 27.7, Bodark....32.9 _g
I've got 1/3 cord, but never split or tried it yet. I must be nuts. :rolleyes:
 
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EbS-P

Feeling the Heat
Jan 19, 2019
311
SE North Carolina
My neighbors big live oaks are dying and need taken down. 36.6 MBTUs!!! The are about 36” diameter. If it ever get cold aging I’d put the to good use. It was 77 here yesterday.
 
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Woody Stover

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Dec 25, 2010
12,160
Southern IN
36.6 MBTUs!!!
Holy Smokes! _g
White Oak and Black Locust are hard to get started. I've never tried the Hedge I've got but I'm guessing it's very hard to start. Live Oak must be about impossible. Better have a hot coal bed to throw all of that dense stuff on..no way you start it with kindling.
That said, I'd grab all I could get. ==c
 
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DuaeGuttae

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Oct 26, 2016
645
Texas
There are some big Osage orange trees on the main road I drive when leaving our home, and I look at some of the dead and dropping branches and think of all the BTU’s in there and wish I had some. After one of those drives recently it dawned on me that I’ve got just as many BTU’s in my own live oak. It just doesn’t get mentioned on these forums quite so much since it grows mostly in the south, and so I’m just used to thinking of hedge as the best.
 
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heavy hammer

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Jul 18, 2015
1,657
Kirtland Ohio
These temps keep changing their mind it has been not even worth burning the good stuff lately. I did the same thing last Sunday. I put a few bigger splits of locust in the basement stove and about cooked us out of the house. ohlongarm we should have some colder temps this week but they are calling for 50's by Friday.
 

David.Ervin

Feeling the Heat
Jan 17, 2014
270
O-H
I keep a small cache of ossage wood for when it's 15º below zero with 30 mph winds and the power goes out. Otherwise it's too darn hot and not worth getting a face full of sparks when I open the stove.
 
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ohlongarm

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Mar 18, 2011
1,396
Northeastern Ohio
These temps keep changing their mind it has been not even worth burning the good stuff lately. I did the same thing last Sunday. I put a few bigger splits of locust in the basement stove and about cooked us out of the house. ohlongarm we should have some colder temps this week but they are calling for 50's by Friday.
Basically this entire burning season i've only burned oak,maybe twice,been burning cherry,and hemlock,way too warm here,i just brought another load of hemlock in for the next week. strange winter,but i'll take it.
 
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heavy hammer

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Jul 18, 2015
1,657
Kirtland Ohio
I agree I have a small load of elm and ash in the stoves now. Last night my basement was to hot with just a large piece of elm and ash. We could see 60 by Sat.
 

ohlongarm

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Mar 18, 2011
1,396
Northeastern Ohio
I agree I have a small load of elm and ash in the stoves now. Last night my basement was to hot with just a large piece of elm and ash. We could see 60 by Sat.
Amen ,it's like 63 here now ,this will be a winter that saves many lots of wood,i hope.
 
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RFarm

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Oct 24, 2013
86
North Georgia Mountains
I used Osage Orange for grilling in the past and it imparts a very unique flavor to steaks. It does burn hot, puts a nice sear on them.
I would never think of burning in the stove as it rarely if ever gets down to freezing here in N Ga.
 

ohlongarm

Minister of Fire
Mar 18, 2011
1,396
Northeastern Ohio
I used Osage Orange for grilling in the past and it imparts a very unique flavor to steaks. It does burn hot, puts a nice sear on them.
I would never think of burning in the stove as it rarely if ever gets down to freezing here in N Ga.
I've used oak,cherry,for steaks but never osage orange i'm going to give it a try ,you've peaked my interest.THX
 

heavy hammer

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Jul 18, 2015
1,657
Kirtland Ohio
We have been having some strange weather lately. I think by this weekend we should see some cold temps.
 

weatherguy

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Feb 20, 2009
5,756
Central Mass
Theres an arctic outbreak coming down from Canada, next couple of weeks should be more winter like. Hopefully even some snow.
 

Kevin Weis

Minister of Fire
Mar 3, 2018
932
Union Bridge, Md
Osage is a common "weed" tree here. Separate male female tree. I have one on my property not fruit bearing but no reason to take it down any time soon unless the power company say it's too close to the power lines. Nasty tree to de-limb with all those thorns!
 

heavy hammer

Minister of Fire
Jul 18, 2015
1,657
Kirtland Ohio
That is how locust is it seems around me for most people. Unless they are big firewood burners most people I know that have locust want nothing to do with them. I have had great luck with getting locust as my firewood these last three or four years. Especially the big trees no one wants to deal with them. A couple farms I know have some giant locust in these groves and every time the wind knocks limbs or trees over they would just push them into piles and burn them. Now they call me and I'm very happy to help remove them and they have less work to move and burn. Win win for both sides.
 
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