The Forestry Forum is sponsored in part by:

iDRY Vacuum Kilns


Forestry Forum
Sponsored by:


TimberKing Sawmills



Toll Free 1-800-582-0470

LogRite Tools



Norwood Industries Inc.




Your source for Portable Sawmills, Edgers, Resaws, Sharpeners, Setters, Bandsaw Blades and Sawmill Parts

EZ Boardwalk Sawmills. More Saw For Less Money!

STIHLDealers.com sponsored by Northeast STIHL


Woodland Sawmills

Peterson Swingmills

 KASCO SharpTech WoodMaxx Blades

Turbosawmill

Sawmill Exchange

Michigan Firewood, your BRUTE FORCE Authorized Dealer

Baker Products

ECHO-Bearcat

iDRY Wood Lumber Vacuum Drying for everyon

Nyle Kiln Dry Systems

Chainsawr, The Worlds Largest Inventory of Chainsaw Parts





Author Topic: Honey Locust = arrrgh!  (Read 373 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline retiredmechanic

  • member
  • *
  • Posts: 48
  • Age: 58
  • Location: Oklahoma
  • Gender: Male
  • just another old fart
    • Share Post
Honey Locust = arrrgh!
« on: February 07, 2020, 05:34:14 PM »
I have discovered a huge plot of Honey locust on my property and I have always just burned them and even then they stink while burning ....

I was just wondering is there any good uses for honey locust or (thorny nightmare trees) ? 

  just for kicks I took a small one sawed it up in to a 2x2x5 board and let it air dry for 1 year and it twisted up like a pretzel. of course it wasn't weighted or anything I placed it in my lean to rafters so it did stay dry and cool but .... 

 do I just keep burning them in a brush pile ? 
gunfire and chainsaws is a Sunday afternoon Lullaby in the country

Offline TKehl

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 1320
  • Age: 38
  • Location: Sedalia, MO
  • Gender: Male
  • Certified Contrarian
    • Share Post
    • Kehlhof Ranch
Re: Honey Locust = arrrgh!
« Reply #1 on: February 08, 2020, 11:11:25 AM »
It makes pretty lumber, but they often grow twisty or with a lean at a field edge making for twisty lumber.  

It is becoming my favorite firewood species as it splits good, puts out heat, and holds coals like oak.   But dries faster than oak
In the long run, you make your own luck good, bad, or indifferent. Loretta Lynn

Offline Pine Ridge

  • Senior Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 637
  • Age: 51
  • Location: Elkhead , mo
  • Gender: Male
  • Part-time logger, Full time loafer
    • Share Post
Re: Honey Locust = arrrgh!
« Reply #2 on: February 08, 2020, 11:22:23 AM »
I agree with Tkehl, i have cut it and it makes very good firewood. Oldtimers here where i live called it thorny locust.
Husqvarna 550xp , 2- 372xp and a 288xp, Chevy 4x4 winch truck

Offline Ron Wenrich

  • Forester
  • Administrator
  • *****
  • Posts: 14082
  • Age: 71
  • Location: Jonestown, PA
  • Gender: Male
    • Share Post
Re: Honey Locust = arrrgh!
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2020, 11:59:35 AM »
Back when I was sawing, the loggers brought in a couple of Mbf of honey locust.  It seems that some farmers used to plant them along field edges to act as cheap fencing, shade and a feed source for cattle.  The ones they brought in were pretty good sized.

We didn't have a market for them, so we were making pallet stock out of them.  But, some of the boards were too nice for that and I took about 3-400 bf of wide boards home and put them on sticks in my barn.  I really didn't have much use for it.  One guy made a threshold out of it for my kitchen door, and it will outlast me or the house.  

I did find a use when I put a rear carryall on the back of my tractor.  The biggest problem I found was not twisting, but in splits in the wide boards.  I was able to trim the splits off and use that for the boards.  They were 10" wide.  I planed them down.  I had a few board that have bowed a bit, but there isn't any major twisting and everything seems stable.  I imagine it would make some nice flooring, if you can find enough.  Color is reddish, with white sap, which would make for a nice floor.  Its hard and dense.  
Never under estimate the power of stupid people in large groups.

Offline KEC

  • Full Member x2
  • ***
  • Posts: 114
  • Gender: Male
  • I'm new!
    • Share Post
Re: Honey Locust = arrrgh!
« Reply #4 on: February 08, 2020, 09:10:31 PM »
Around here, any honey locust that I find was planted and is usually thornless. I try to never pass up a chance to get it for firewood. Stubborn to dry, but one of my preferred woods to burn on cold nights. I know that if they do have thorns they are evil.


Share via delicious Share via digg Share via facebook Share via linkedin Share via pinterest Share via reddit Share via stumble Share via tumblr Share via twitter

xx
dumb question: honey locust or black locust?

Started by Dan_Shade on Tree, Plant and Wood I.D.

23 Replies
7386 Views
Last post March 10, 2006, 07:45:23 PM
by SwampDonkey
xx
Honey locust?

Started by flintjim on Sawmills and Milling

6 Replies
2103 Views
Last post October 28, 2008, 08:40:35 PM
by dad2nine
xx
Uses for Honey Locust

Started by Greg Cook on Ask The Forester

14 Replies
39791 Views
Last post July 30, 2018, 12:46:20 AM
by Southside
xx
Honey locust

Started by 9shooter on Sawmills and Milling

7 Replies
2325 Views
Last post February 21, 2006, 11:34:28 PM
by Warren
 


Powered by EzPortal