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post #1 of 8 Old 09-16-2011, 05:48 PM Thread Starter
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Does hackberry make good firewood?

A big hackberry with heart rot just came down on my place. I don't think I can use it for project wood so I guess it'll find the firewood stack. Does it burn ok or is it not worth the effort?
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Burns well, like a soft maple or elm.
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Supposedly it puts out more BTUs than Red Oak or White Oak. Google "Firewood BTUs" for a comparison.
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Thanks. Great info out there on btu ratings.
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Lately some folks have been selling spalted hackberry for pen blanks at a pretty good price. How's the figure in the wood?
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Lately some folks have been selling spalted hackberry for pen blanks at a pretty good price. How's the figure in the wood?
It may be a few days before I can cut into it. I'll let you know.
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I know a guy that loved cutting and burning hackberry. I always thought it was kinda stringy. Good trees as they provide some food for the birds. Gary
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... I always thought it was kinda stringy. Gary
It is a little stringy when splitting, but with a log splitter, no problem.
I meant to say earlier, that Hackberrry is more prone to get buggy than the oaks. So what you cut this year, I would plan on burning next year, or the year after that at the latest.
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