Horkn , Backwoods Savage , gboutdoors and 2 others like this. I've never had any as firewood either, but I have worked with it in the shop. Based on that, I'd say it smells good and splits easily, but isn't very dense so it is probably more of a shoulder season fuel. Jon , Oct 24, Horkn , gboutdoors , Well Seasoned and 4 others like this. I burn a fair amount of it. Pretty low on the BTU scales, but I'm not a wood snob and burn most everything. It dries out well and makes good shoulder wood.
I use it to start fires since it's pretty light. Good score for sure. Once you split it, you will remember that unusual smell it has. Fanatical1 , Oct 24, Horkn , Backwoods Savage , Hammy and 5 others like this. Def smells unusual like never before lmao.
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JPG File size: Horkn , Backwoods Savage , Loon and 6 others like this. Got a good bit of sass around here. Splits great, smells good and great for kindling. Horkn , Backwoods Savage , Hammy and 4 others like this. It's just OK. Burns fine Makes a lot of sparks. Easy to split.
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Dries fast. Horkn , Backwoods Savage , Hammy and 2 others like this. Nice kindling.
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My favorite of all woods to be sure. One other nice thing about sassafras is that it makes good fence posts and even without putting anything on for a preservative they will last a long time. The biggest problem though is finding one that is straight enough. Those things usually grow pretty crooked.
BTU is very low. We avoid it at almost all cost and cut almost any hardwood we can find in New Jersey before cutting Sassafras for fire wood. Nice native tree with amazing fall color, great for attacting birds, lives where nothing else can live We sell native trees and Sassafras is a great native We do have a few cedars but certainly not enough for fence posts.
I do remember one time we put up a quick clothes line. Went out and got 3 sassafras and planted them. Seems they lasted around 15 years or so but don't remember for sure. As for the burning, just because the charts say it is low, that doesn't necessarily mean it is at the bottom. Soft maple is also low on the totem pole but it burns very nicely once it is seasoned. We don't cut much of it but I will not hesitate to cut and burn it rather than letting it go to waste. I will cut some of this for next year. Sassafras is a short to medium-sized tree, often forming colonies from root sprouts, with a columnar canopy, a flattened crown, and contorted branches that turn upward at their ends.
Leaves are alternate, simple, aromatic when crushed, 4—6 inches long, 2—4 inches wide, broadest at the middle; having 3 shapes entire; with a single lobe on one side like a mitten; or trident-shaped , tip pointed or rounded, base tapered. Twigs are moderately stout, curved upward at the tips, yellowish-green becoming greenish-brown with age; broken twigs have a spicy odor. Flowers April—May.
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Male and female flowers occur on separate trees in stalked, branched clusters about 2 inches long, at the tips of twigs; flowers small, yellow, petals absent; sepals 6, spreading. Fruits in late August—October.
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Occurs on the border of dry woods, glades, prairies, and in bottomland soils in valleys; also along roadsides, railroads, idle fields, pastures, fence rows, and thickets. Long in cultivation, sassafras requires full sun for best growth. It is one of our most striking and aromatic trees. Long considered a source for medicinal tea, and an ingredient in traditional root beers and in Creole cooking, the presence of carcinogenic compounds has been banned in commercially mass-produced foods and drugs.
The name "sassafras" apparently is ultimately derived from the Latin saxifraga saxifrage, which means "stone-breaker" and refers to plants in a completely different family. Germans have called the plant Fenchelholz "fennel wood" for its aromatic qualities. Native Americans in the eastern United States called it "winauk" and "pauane. Root tea of sassafras and its close relative, spicebush, has long been used as a folk remedy for a variety of ailments for example, for "thinning" or "purifying" the blood. There are many folklore beliefs about what roots are the best, such as a preference for "young, red" roots over "larger, white" ones; also, that it is not worth harvesting roots until after February Since then, science has cast doubt on its efficacy and has shown that safrole, an oil in sassafras, causes cancer in laboratory animals.
The FDA has banned use sassafras tea, roots, and oil in commercially mass-produced foods and drugs. The celebrated folklorist Vance Randolph reported that Ozark oldtimers believed that a sassafras "bat" had to be used when stirring to render lard, as it was supposed to flavor the lard and keep it from turning rancid. Many people still maintain that sassafras wood is the preferred stirrer for the long cooking process of making apple butter.
Randolph reported several other Ozark sassafras superstitions. For example, burning sassafras which, he notes, makes a high-quality charcoal was believed to cause the death of one's mother, so no one would burn it or even move it to the kiln, unless his mother was already dead. An old Ozark saying went, "the Devil sits a-straddle of the roof when sassafras pops in the fireplace. Finally, Randolph also reported that some Ozarkers used to believe that sassafras trees "somehow" sprouted "from grub worms.
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The wood has many uses, too. In the state of Louisiana, the floors in the cabins of enslaved people were often made of sassafras wood, as the scented wood was believed to repel bedbugs. Sassafras used to be popular for making bedsteads, for the same reason. A pleasant tree in cultivation, the leaves of sassafras can be spectacular in autumn. The large taproot makes it difficult to transplant, and sassafras trees send out root suckers, creating a multistemmed shrub or colony if the suckers are not removed.
Thus it can be a beautiful medium-sized specimen tree or a shrubby screen if allowed to colonize. The fruit is eaten by many species of birds, including bobwhite, woodpeckers, mockingbirds and catbirds, flycatchers, and wild turkey. The leaves and twigs are browsed by woodchucks, deer, rabbits, and bears. Rabbits may eat the bark in wintertime.
The leaves are also a primary food for a host of spectacular moths and butterflies, including the lovely black and blue spicebush swallowtail. Female spicebush swallowtails can "taste" leaves with their forelegs, and when they land on a sassafras leaf, they know they have found a suitable egg-laying site. Their caterpillars, sometimes called "leaf rollers," spin silk onto a leaf surface. The silk contracts as it dries, and the leaf folds up, creating a shelter for the caterpillar to hide in by day.
At night, the larvae feed on sassafras leaves. Sassafras trees in the northern part of their range tend to be smaller than those in the south. There are no sharp dividing lines between trees, shrubs, and woody vines, or even between woody and nonwoody plants. Trees are woody plants over 13 feet tall with a single trunk.
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