Why is Elm so bad?

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sapratt

Feeling the Heat
May 14, 2008
397
Northwestern, Oh
I've been reading for a while now people not liking to burn Elm. I put a peice of Elm in the stove today and man it burned
great. It was worth the trouble splitting it.
 

northwinds

Minister of Fire
Jul 9, 2006
1,452
south central WI
no man said:
I've been reading for a while now people not liking to burn Elm. I put a peice of Elm in the stove today and man it burned
great. It was worth the trouble splitting it.
Elm is great to burn and not bad to split with a splitter. It is a pain in the rear to hand split, but the memory fades while
sitting in a warm room with a cold beer.
 

Shipper50

Minister of Fire
Nov 10, 2007
604
Indiana
I had elm and cotton wood on my old property and the elm was dying of dutch elm? I cut the elm and cottonwood for 15 years and heated my house with it and didn't have to buy the hard woods. My Kent tile stove and my somewhat small house saved me a ton of money over the years I lived there.

Shipper
 

LLigetfa

Minister of Fire
Nov 9, 2008
7,360
NW Ontario
no man said:
It was worth the trouble splitting it.
Ja, maybe if you have a log splitter. It burns fine. About the same as Black Ash but man, it sure doesn't split like Ash. When I split Ash on the splitter, I almost feel ashamed of the laziness. WIth ASh you barely have to drive the wedge into it but get a piece of Elm in there and I have to run the ram the full stroke and then wrestle it off the wedge and fight the last two inches of stringy wood. Sometimes I back off the ram and stick a piece of wood under it so the ram can go all the way through it.

In many places Elm is illegal to transport and sell because of Dutch Elm disease. I cull off the dead and dying Elm off my property and burn it.
 

11 Bravo

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I cut down a red (slippery) elm back in April and it split great. Barely had to get the wedge in and it popped. Dried pretty good in 7 months. My neighbor dealt with some elm couple years ago and said it was tough splittin.....I know it wasn't red elm, can't remember what he told me it was...
 

fishinpa

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Oct 7, 2008
183
SE PA
I have not had a chance to burn and elm yet, but a friend dropped me about a cord + or rounds. I couldn't split it. It splits, I guess but it leaves lots of 'fingers' (?) holding the splits together, and it seems to grow "twisted" if that makes any sense, adding to the difficulty. (?)

I just stacked it on two pallets and will try to split it again in the spring. I'm hoping it'll split better, thinking it was just too wet when I tried.

Suggestions?
 

Cluttermagnet

Minister of Fire
Jun 23, 2008
934
Mid Atlantic
Woodford said:
Elm not bad, Elm good.
"Elm good- fire bad!"

No, waidaminnit- "Elm good, fire good!"

Never mind... ;-)
 

Jeff S

Feeling the Heat
Aug 31, 2008
344
Kimball,Michigan
I cut about 3 cord of dead elm and found that the wet pieces are very hard to split but if I let them dry out for a few weeks after bucking to length that they more bearable to split.No complaints about burning it.
 

firefighterjake

Minister of Fire
Jul 22, 2008
19,301
Unity/Bangor, Maine
Jeff S said:
I cut about 3 cord of dead elm and found that the wet pieces are very hard to split but if I let them dry out for a few weeks after bucking to length that they more bearable to split.No complaints about burning it.
I cut a lot of standing dead elm on my property this past year as I was doing the typical newbie woodburner thing and getting a stove well before getting my wood. Now this wood was dead-dead (no bark), rather small in diameter (12 inches or less) and I was using a woodsplitter . . . but I had zero problems splitting this wood and so far the few pieces I have burned have been great. As others have said . . . splitting green elm by hand has been one of the main issues with elm so it seems.
 

smokinj

Minister of Fire
Aug 11, 2008
15,980
Anderson, Indiana
no man said:
One day I'll get big enough to use a splitter. I don't mind splitting by hand I'm still young enough.
If you can split that elm by hand you dont need to grow up your going to stay young FOREVER!
 

Bubbavh

Feeling the Heat
Oct 22, 2008
475
NJ Piney
bayshorecs said:
Try splitting this one by hand. Notice you can see how the tree twisting as it grows.

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You might lose a couple wedges in that piece trying to split that by hand!

That looks like a good beer holder / splitting block if-in you don't got no splitter!
 
Elm is gofer wood... ....if you are burning it, you better gofer more. If seasoned and dry, it will burn fast and hot. Elm is a decent wood to burn, but definitely needs a long time to season if cut live, it does hold a lot of water (they typically grow in moist soils). Also, if/when you split it...use a mechanical splitter, and be patient.
 

Dill

Feeling the Heat
Oct 14, 2008
329
Northwood NH
I love to burn Elm. I'm just running out of standing dead elm at my folks place. It is hard to split, I wouldn't attempt it by hand.
Elm also holds up well, lots of old barns in New England have elm floors, I can't imagine working it by hand.
 

CowboyAndy

New Member
Feb 29, 2008
744
Chateaugay, NY
I am a new wood burner, but have already learned that if it burns, burn it!

Seriously, I won't go out of my way for less desirable woods, but if something is easily accessable then I will cut and burn it.
 
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