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.
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