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black gum/tupelo...what is it good for?
« on: February 29, 2016, 11:55:26 AM »
Is this wood good for anything aside from firewood...?
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Re: black gum/tupelo...what is it good for?
« Reply #1 on: February 29, 2016, 01:42:05 PM »

They make wonderful den trees.



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Re: black gum/tupelo...what is it good for?
« Reply #2 on: February 29, 2016, 03:05:07 PM »
Off the top of my head: cross-ties, pallets, skids, mounting blocks, mallet heads, including commanders. It rots fairly quickly, so don't have any longer-term ground contact.

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Re: black gum/tupelo...what is it good for?
« Reply #3 on: February 29, 2016, 05:36:02 PM »
So basically its only worthwhile purpose unless you have a forest of it is firewood...
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Re: black gum/tupelo...what is it good for?
« Reply #4 on: February 29, 2016, 06:12:18 PM »
Some firewood snobs won't even process it to burn.  However, I have a bunch of small, understory trees that need to be thinned out, so it will go on my firewood stacks.  It dries fast and burns fast like a softwood.  Interlocking grain means it goes on the hydraulic splitter.

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Re: black gum/tupelo...what is it good for?
« Reply #5 on: February 29, 2016, 07:08:58 PM »
  What part of DE are you in?
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Re: black gum/tupelo...what is it good for?
« Reply #6 on: February 29, 2016, 07:18:59 PM »
might want to check your local ducks unlimited chapter, decoy carvers pay pretty good change for blanks for duck and wildlife carving

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Re: black gum/tupelo...what is it good for?
« Reply #7 on: February 29, 2016, 09:23:51 PM »
I live in the middle part, Kent county about 2 miles from the Maryland line.
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« Reply #8 on: February 29, 2016, 10:20:20 PM »
I live in the middle part, Kent county about 2 miles from the Maryland line.
  How is the deer hunting over there? I got a place in Sussex Co about 2 miles west of Fenwik.
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Re: black gum/tupelo...what is it good for?
« Reply #9 on: March 01, 2016, 08:09:10 AM »
Deer hunting was good when I had time to go, last one was a thick necked old 9 pointer. Theres about 2200 acres of state wildlife area around me if i want to brave the public hunting lands. My neighbor hunts over there ge took 2 or 3 does and a good 8 pt buck.
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« Reply #10 on: March 01, 2016, 08:24:04 AM »
  OK thanks for the info, now back to the gum, if one falls down or gets in my way I'll burn it in the owb but I'd prefer not to mess with it.
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