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Old 12-25-2010, 09:30 PM
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Calling all (Western) Australian wood experts .. I need help identifying this hardwood that I found chopped down and ready for the bulk rubbish collection.

The owner of the house said he didn't know what it is but that it was used as mine shaft props around Kalgoorlie. My mother thinks it may be Malga or Mallee ... perhaps someone knows. It has a small leaf like a peppermint and small pollen balls arranged in clusters.

Any info appreciated.

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Old 12-25-2010, 09:41 PM
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Malga or Mallee ... perhaps someone knows.
Mulga and Mallee are both Eucs, the mallee can be any of many Eucs that has many stems from one tuber like base at ground level.


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It has a small leaf like a peppermint and small pollen balls arranged in clusters.
Small pollen clusters points to a (acacia) wattle of some kind, if so it will burn with a passion.
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Thanks for the info - so it's not poisonous or anything? What about flavouring?
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Thanks for the info - so it's not poisonous or anything? What about flavouring?
I dont think wattles are poisonous, dont know about flavour, when dried it should burn to a almost non existent white ash.
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OK that's great - thanks ... now I am wondering if I should go and get some more of the wood - there is about another Ton lying there. Logs are much bigger so I may need to do some chainsaw action on the verge!! I did warn the owner and he was very keen that the wood was going to a good home..
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Its free, go for it.
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OK - will go and wake the guy up tomorrow morning with a chainsaw concerto and grab the rest of it!
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Last night after cooking I thre some of the very green "mystery" wood in to the oven to do an overnight kiln dry so I could test it out this morning. Pieces were cut quite small to facilitate drying and this morning I started my fire and observed how the wood reacted.

The mystery wood ignited as though it was doused in lighter fluid - burning with intense heat and a very large flame. Surprisingly it doesn't seem to be making very good coals but I will observe a bit longer to make sure. If it is just a quick burner it will be useful for adding the the WFO to make reflected heat, though I would prefer that it makes at least a reasonable amount of coals.

Free is free so I can't complain .. was a good find!
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The mystery wood ignited as though it was doused in lighter fluid - burning with intense heat and a very large flame. Surprisingly it doesn't seem to be making very good coals
It sure does sound like wattle, burns with a passion, very hot, and gone in 60 seconds.

If you control the air input, as we do with the wood heater in the lounge, it will burn for ages with hardly any air.
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I plundered the rest of the wood from the verge and have cut it into splittable lengths. Whilst I was there I grabbed a sprig of leaves with pollen to help try and identify it.
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