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What's your choice?
« on: May 07, 2018, 01:59:23 AM »
Got a chance to grab a couple truck loads of green firewood to season for 2019.
Both of them are free of charge, but here is the kicker.
I can only nab one species per the landowner!
I've asked him a couple times why I can't mix em...and he just goes into a demented diatribe! smiley_furious smiley_bucktooth
Shagbark Hickory or Honey Locust!!! ::)
I've burnt bunches of black locust and a little
shagbark...not real familiar with Honey Locust.
I know that carpenter ants seem to have a real passion for the black locust.

Which one would you studs choose? ???

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Re: What's your choice?
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2018, 02:19:12 AM »
Honey Locust is great firewood, but if I was collecting it, I'd probably go with the Hickory as it doesn't have the nasty spines. 
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Re: What's your choice?
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2018, 07:10:03 AM »
That's a great problem to have. 👍 :)Usually I'm stuck with scrounging the junk wood.
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Re: What's your choice?
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2018, 07:30:59 AM »
As far as burning goes I would take the hickory over the honey locust. The honey splits easier though. Hydraulic splitter is nice for either one. The honey locust needs to be well seasoned. I burn it because I have it and the wife doesn't like the trees. I cut them down and make firewood out of them. No sense in wasting firewood I paid for. 
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Re: What's your choice?
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2018, 08:56:55 AM »
For me the big question would be is the honey locust thorn or thorn less. Around here we have both with the locust and the thorn type just go in to the brush piles and are burned. If it has thorn's I would go with the hickory. 

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Re: What's your choice?
« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2018, 11:42:18 AM »
I'd take the Hickory, sell it to a BBQ restaurant, then look for other wood for firewood.   ;D

BTU wise, it's basically a tossup.  27.7 versus 26.5 for Hickory and HL respectively.

I don't really care for cutting Hickory bark as it seems to hold dirt and dull chains quicker, but it beats giant thorns.  

Now if the Honey Locust is thornless, or has been dead a while, thorns are no longer an issue.  At that point it becomes what is the easiest to get to etc.
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Re: What's your choice?
« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2018, 10:45:30 PM »
As another stated, honey locust is stubborn to dry, but a big piece of it along with something that burns more readily will hold a fire a long time on a long winter night.

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Re: What's your choice?
« Reply #7 on: June 02, 2018, 04:45:10 PM »
Yep...I've noticed that black locust is not the easiest to catch on...but man the burn time is almost unreal! 

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« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2018, 09:35:48 PM »
If you cut Black Locust and let it lie for a few months, then score the bark lengthwise with a chainsaw, the bark will come off with an axe. Upgrades that wood considerably with that thick bark off. Don't worry about the wood going bad, it's rot resistant.

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Re: What's your choice?
« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2018, 02:21:13 AM »
You know like to burn black locust bark? :D
I just started a huge stump burn with hedge/blk locust scraps, starter fluid, some charcoal!  

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« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2018, 08:53:29 AM »
You know like to burn black locust bark? :D
I just started a huge stump burn with hedge/blk locust scraps, starter fluid, some charcoal!  
I love to burn that hedge. 

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Re: What's your choice?
« Reply #11 on: June 13, 2018, 04:00:58 PM »
Go for the hickory. It's a very dense wood so will burn a long time and give a lot of heat. But it can be hard to split. If you have a wood splitter it won't be a problem.


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