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Forum topic by Mark posted 01-25-2015 10:32 PM 1377 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-25-2015 10:32 PM

There is a guy on CL who has a whack of Black Lotus he’s trying to get rid of. Thumpin’ great rounds some of them and damned heavy too. I snagged 4 and will let them dry out a bit before I do any thing.
The question is. Is this stuff worth having and should I grab some more …or is it just good fire wood? Thank you.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 01-25-2015 11:16 PM

Personally, I always wanted a red Maserati! :D

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#2 posted 01-25-2015 11:23 PM

Sigh!!! I know it sounds like something out of a Conan novel… But really….Come on. Ferrari’s are red.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 01-25-2015 11:54 PM

Mark: I’ve never worked with it, but from everything I’ve read about it, it is great to work with especially on outdoor projects. Better than IPE when it comes to critters and rot.

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#4 posted 01-26-2015 01:29 AM

Better cut it up while it’s green. I hear it’s really hard/tough once it dries out.

Also, if by rounds you mean “cookies” (slice across the grain of the log) you’ll probably get a lot of cracking. And if you mean just shorter logs, they will check worse if you don’t get them cut into lumber quickly. Sealing the end grain with a sealer would help slow down the checking.


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#5 posted 01-26-2015 07:28 AM

If he offers you fruit from the lotus tree, don’t eat it.

-- Rick M,

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#6 posted 01-27-2015 04:25 AM

I may have spelt that wrong….How ‘bout Black Locust….sigh!

-- Mark

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#7 posted 01-27-2015 05:05 AM

Hey Moe! I know what Locust is, We have a lot of it around the Cape, although many are scraggly looking things, I think the really nice (big ones) were planted on purpose. I came close to buying a big slab of it from a local mill but went for the walnut instead. The locust had some beautiful grain patterns in the slab, unfortunately the mill left it sitting flat on the ground.

-- I meant to do that!

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#8 posted 01-27-2015 05:47 AM

Growing up in Ohio we had locust everywhere. They make incredible fence posts, cut down, drop in a hole, they last for decades. They are also a bear to kill. Cut one down and another will grow back. The honey locust grows these nasty spines.

Imagine it would be great for any outdoor use or anything heavy like a mallet.

-- Rick M,

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#9 posted 01-27-2015 07:19 AM

It’s an interesting wood. Quite susceptible to being steam bent. It is hard to get long planks of large dimension without a lot of crazy grain and checking.

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#10 posted 01-28-2015 06:21 PM

Turn it quick while it’s wet, or you’ll be turning concrete! ;o)

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected !

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