What's the word on Persimmon?

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Minister of Fire
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Feb 25, 2010
Southern IN
I cleaned up a downed tree for a neighbor the other day and have about a cords worth stacked for next year. He said it was an older standing dead persimmon. No fruit or leaves to evaluate, but it did look like a very large persimmon compared to those I've seen. For those that have burned persimmon, how does it burn? Didn't seem quite as dense as oak. Just wondering what to expect. Thanks!
I have about a cord for next year, cut split and stacked 4 years now. Others say it is good stuff I am going to try some this winter to see how it goes.
There have been a couple threads over the last couple years. Never burned any, supposed to be just fine when you find it but not the sort of wood people seek out like oak and hedge.
I have burned about a couple pickup loads in past years and I put it up there with red oak(good heat and coals) but not at the level of locust, hedge, hickory and such. I cut a few persimmon trees this past spring and they hold a lot of water, split very easy with a maul though. Yours may seem lighter than oak because being dead they may be quite a bit dryer. Maybe can burn in one year. Mine will need at least two I am guessing. Very beautiful and interesting tree in my opinion. Good burning....
Looking forward to finding out. This year will be a whole new experience for me. I have a new larger stove and a much more plentiful supply of oak and hickory to burn. Compared to the cedar, gum and maple I went through my first few years I should be in much better shape. Next year should be red oak and persimmon for the most part. I have a few bigger rounds I can go back and get once I get my stacks are burned down a bit and I have more room for new wood. Sounds like it was a decent score.
Persimmon is great. Hot burning and long burning fires. I'd cut a lot more of it if the deer didn't love them. It's up towards the top of a lot of wood charts
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