There is a choice: the Red Elm is easy pickins & already debarked & ready to burn, the Hedge pile is going to be there till next summer, easily accessible & I have another 3/8 mile of Hedge to take out & what doesn’t make posts will be firewood so there will be no shortage of it. The choice is : Be a pig & take it all.If there was a choice I would leave the elm lay and go back for more Osage. Just say’in.
There are a few left that haven’t been dozed out for farm land, urban sprawl & “green energy” wind turdines or uh I mean turbines. Nothing like northern Idaho though, beautiful area last time I was up there. Hope to get back out there again soon.They have trees in Iowa?
Well yeah, ordinarily I would, but this is Red (Slippery) Elm. Tell me I'm crazy, but I love it. It's only maybe 22 mBTU or so but splits a lot easier than American, is rot-resistant, almost no sapwood, and beautiful color to the split wood. Smells good when split wet.If there was a choice I would leave the elm lay and go back for more Osage. Just say’in.
I haven't really split much American by hand, but the ones I did a few rounds of were dead with no bark, and pretty small. I'm going on what they say about tough-splitting Elm. The Red wasn't exactly easy to split for this old man but yeah, it does have nice, straight grain on these woods Reds I get. I should have tried to split the wet Red rounds in the second-last pic..mighta been easy, who knows? I'll grab one and give it a shot..only been sitting maybe 4-5 months.Usually I only pay attention when they are good and dead. Maybe that's parts of the straight grain thing going on.
He lives near my brother, in a beautiful area of rolling glacial terrain that the Illinois flat-landers can only dream of.Aren’t SE Wisconsin & Chicago pretty much all ran together now??
Red's output I would estimate to be about half way between American Elm and White Ash. It's got some heft to it.I like elm, some of it can be difficult to split but I think it puts out pretty good heat.
Yeah, I grab a lot of dead-standers with the bark off but you can also pick 'em up off the ground and they have held up very well, as illustrated by your pics.the Red Elm is easy pickins & already debarked & ready to burn....saw them laying on the ground when we were getting the cows in.
Pretty nice where you are, sitting in the southern unit of the kettle moraine. Not quite as dramatic elevation changes as around Holy Hill where my bro is, but your area is great as well. It wasn't where I grew up with them, but my folks ended up getting a house on the old GG, maybe seven miles from Palmyra. I'm quite familiar with the area.The overpasses do have some nice views there. Noticed that even the weather patterns are different at the higher elevations.