is a common Tree
found in many woodlands.
If you have access to it
however bad it looks
don't pass it by.
Locust has among the highest BTUs, as shown
by this mini-chart.
It is also among the heaviest
per cubic foot; two real measures of Cord Value.
Its fragrance rivals Citrus Blossoms.
Black Locust trees may be covered with green Mosses,
and to the inexperienced eye it
may look worthless,
but the savvy Sawyer knows it remains solid under
worst of conditions,
long after most wood will have become a
pithy home for Insects.
dead specimen has long since lost its Bark, and is prime dried
waiting for the experienced Burner of Wood to wander by with his
and two Helpers to keep the Chains sharp.
A dead Locust Tree is often identified by its total loss of Bark, which
has long since fallen off and decomposed on the Forest Floor, while the
Tree remains standing. Whether Locust
Trees die of old
age or Disease, they usually stand upright for years, until the rocking
motion of the wind slowly lifts the roots out of the soil, when the
will topple over with the attached roots in a vertical position.
is know as a superior wood for Fence Posts. Settlers probably
these ready-made Posts splitting on the Forest floor (as shown in the
photo above). They will last for many years without any painting or
Insects and rot have minimal effect on it. Woodpeckers and Beavers wont
even try to penetrate its hard-as-nails Cellulose.
The Locust blossom fragrance
rivals Lilac, Honeysuckle, and Trailing Arbutus
and fills the evening air with
a hint of Paradise.
Locust Trees get tall and are
said to have Toxins which are death to plants and Leaf-eating Horses.
as the Juglone found in Black
Farmers may welcome you and your Chainsaw to their fence rows where
If you burn
Locust in a Fireplace,
have a tight-fitting Screen.
Locust is known for its Shower
If you find
fallen Trees with the Roots attached,
they act as a giant Cant Hook, holding the Trunk off the ground;
cutting at the top and end at the Roots.
burn as well as
the trunk and limbs,
but be vigilant for embedded
Stones; they are not kind to saw teeth.
benefit is the minimal
Insects brought indoors,
especially if it has no sheltering Bark