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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 ? 
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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
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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.
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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.  
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« 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.

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