Osage Orange Firewood

Osage Orange Firewood

Osage Orange Firewood
Osage Orange Fruit

Osage orange firewood is known as being an extremely hot burning firewood. It may be the hottest burning and hardest wood east of the Rockies. Hotter than oak,hickory and any of the other Eastern hardwoods. It is said to burn as hot as coal.

Osage orange Maclura pomifera, also known as, bois d’arc, bodark, or bodock, hedge, hedge apple horse apple, has been known to warp wood stoves because it burns so hot. Caution should be used not to load up a wood stove with too much of it.

This does not mean it is not good firewood, some people love to burn it, you just have to be careful with it and keep your fires smaller than you would with other woods. This can be easier to do with air tight stoves where you can regulate the air intake.

Osage orange can be hard to cut and hard to split. It is best to cut and split it while it is still green.

This is another wood that is very decay resistant and makes great fence posts. Its hard dense woods are used for archery bows, wood turning and small crafts.

Osage Orange Firewood BTU

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16 thoughts on “Osage Orange Firewood”

  1. We burn osage orange all the time and love it. We lined our fireplace with soapstone firebrick an it holds up well to the heat. For the really cold nights it is the best but when it isnt so cold it can sometimes be too hot. Thats when we burn oak cedar and other wood. It cuts and splits best green. If it gets dry you are going to have a harder time with it.

  2. I use osage orange in a wood boiler, since the steel is surrounded by water the steel cannot get to hot to turn red or have a chance to warp. so load boilers to the top and the wood last a long time.

  3. Ive found that splitting osage orange is best done while it is frozen. Usually around 10 to 20 degrees Fahrenheit is sufficient.

  4. I have even heard Old Sage Orange call Iron Wood, due to the fact that chainsaws have been known to spark when cutting this wood.

  5. I recommend planting o.o. to replace ash trees. Aside from its awesome wood properties it is remarkably insect and disease resistant, drought and flood tolerant, will grow in poor soil, and is available in a male thornless variety. ISA Certified Arborist MN-4075A

  6. Originally from Oklahoma and Texas but has been planted throughout much of the US, mostly the Eastern US. Probably some in Canada too.

  7. I’ve got a farm I cleaned up a year and a half ago and the entire fence row was overrun with bodock. I cut 80 trees up to 34″ in diameter with the sap down. I read this article because I have so much. I built a wood stove out of a full sheet and a half of 1/4″ cold rolled steel and 24′ of 2″ angle iron with a half inch door, bottom line with fire brick the stove itself is in a two stair step design. I built it big enough to be able to put two 2’x18″ logs plus all the little stuff in between. I cut and burnt my first week worth this week. It’s comparable to pecan #my fav. The wood is one year seasoned and I love it! Thanks y’all

  8. Another neat benefit of this wood is it simply will not rot. I have pulled some out of a pile that’s been pushed up for more than 10 years and it burns great. It can but a little difficult to get started but once it goes it lasts and lasts.

  9. I took out a hedge row of Osage orange and still have 10-20 cords to cut up five years later. And it is hard to cut. Chain saw blades have to be sharpened often. I have a 30 ton splitter and it struggles at times to split it.

    To light it I use other wood to start it burning. But when it gets going it burns like coal. But you want a door on your stove as it sometimes puts on a fireworks display that is awesome.

  10. I live one hour south of Albany ny in Schoharie county. I burn 8 cords of wood a year, for heat and year round hot water. Sure would be very cool if someone could point me in the right direction where I might be able to get permission from a land owner to cut some Osage to mix in my winter firewood pile!!!

  11. Here in Kansas, we call it Hedge, I always wondered what Osage Orange was. It is very good but you do need to be able to close it up because it really lights up a room with sparks. I have customers that but it and really are happy. It is one my higher priced woods also.

  12. So I must assume that this super wood takes twice as long to season as common hardwoods? I would set this aside for fence posts and timber wood for the construction of strong structures.
    Everything is built with pine and plastic now I couldn’t even find replacement cedar clapboards for my garage recently every one now are greedy cheap asses.

  13. If you ever plant it on your land you will wish you didn’t because it will take over and you can’t get rid of it

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