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 whileno 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.
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.no man said:It was worth the trouble splitting 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.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.
bayshorecs said:Try splitting this one by hand. Notice you can see how the tree twisting as it grows.