Best Woods

by Pablo G
(Lincoln, Nebraska)

Yes, as a retired Arborist, I can tell you first hand that the list is short but sweet.

Black Locust and Osage Orange will not only burn for a great length of time due to their Density/ But, watch the sparks fly when you try to cut them.
Then you should learn how to Hand-sharpen with a rattail file and have 2 or 3 spare chains on hand. One of the main reasons that these dense grained woods will "DULL" chainsaw teeth is because of sand granules and soil. Anybody who has ever used a chainsaw to any length will affirm soil/sand and dirt makes quick work of the sharpen teeth on the chain.
As these trees grow, they grow from the soil they are planted in and carry it upward. Many Osage Orange trees are planted in a fence row and forgotten about until maturity.
The best way to harvest the Osage...the best tool...is a BULLDOZER!
Well that's all I got to say, hope it helps someone.

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I am having a bear of a time finding the flat one, Vogelzang has the curved flange for $19. plus $19. Shp/Hdl. I would rather pay for both and one time Shp/Hdl if anyone might have these items , please contact me via email.
Thanks again, Pablo G


Hi Pablo,

Good tips on the locust and osange orange - they are quite uncommon over here so I've not had a chance to burn any yet. The week I have been tidying up some wind blow pine trees which fell conveniently close to our woodshed. Unfortunately they picked up some dirt in the bark and I was for ever having to stop and re sharpen. Tedious, but we got there. I have heard of people using a pressure washer to clean dirty trunks before cutting them. Good idea if you have power and water available.

All the best, Mike

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Apr 12, 2014
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osage orange NEW
by: Anonymous

I live in southeast Kansas and Osage Orange(hedge) trees are very popular here.Yes they burn VERY hot . I cut firewood and cut hedge fenceposts.Yes hedge trees will dull a chain in a hurry, but if you cutit green it's not as bad, then let it cure for at least 12 months,it doesn't spit and pop as bad. I mix my hedge wood and ash or hackberry and it's not as hot.

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osage orange NEW
by: Anonymous

I live in southeast Kansas and Osage Orange(hedge) trees are very popular here.Yes they burn VERY hot . I cut firewood and cut hedge fenceposts.Yes hedge trees will dull a chain in a hurry, but if you cutit green it's not as bad, then let it cure for at least 12 months,it doesn't spit and pop as bad. I mix my hedge wood and ash or hackberry and it's not as hot.

Apr 12, 2014
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osage orange NEW
by: Anonymous

I live in southeast Kansas and Osage Orange(hedge) trees are very popular here.Yes they burn VERY hot . I cut firewood and cut hedge fenceposts.Yes hedge trees will dull a chain in a hurry, but if you cutit green it's not as bad, then let it cure for at least 12 months,it doesn't spit and pop as bad. I mix my hedge wood and ash or hackberry and it's not as hot.

Apr 12, 2014
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osage orange NEW
by: Anonymous

I live in southeast Kansas and Osage Orange(hedge) trees are very popular here.Yes they burn VERY hot . I cut firewood and cut hedge fenceposts.Yes hedge trees will dull a chain in a hurry, but if you cutit green it's not as bad, then let it cure for at least 12 months,it doesn't spit and pop as bad. I mix my hedge wood and ash or hackberry and it's not as hot.

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