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Re: Another wood question.........Hedge


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Posted by Ray Basso on March 07, 2012 at 18:50:21:

In Reply to: Another wood question.........Hedge posted by Salmon on March 07, 2012 at 16:52:52:

Hedge trees are called Osage Orange in some areas. Makes long lasting fence posts. It's very hard and tough to cut. It used to be used to make bows, as in archery. It's in the same family of the Mulberry tree and I know Mulberry is used for smoking. I don't know of anyone using it for smoking wood but I think I have heard it gives a bitter taste. It burns very hot like coal. If you burn it green it will throw sparks all over the place and make a lot of popping noise. So it has to be well seasoned when you burn it.

I have tried to cut Osage orange when I was a kid, with hand tools and that was no fun. Like I said it makes great fence posts that lasts for ever. I am sure you have seen Hedge fence posts on farms in Kansas and MO. That's all I know.

Ray Basso


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