Orginally posted by Lex Meuldijk
Orginally posted by Suz
Okay, Lex, I have to ask: How can dead trees have sap? Are they kind of dying or on their way to being dead? Is that the deal?
First about 'deal': my dictionary says that's the English word for what we call 'vurehout'.
Now I am going to speculate. 'Vurehout' is timber from fir trees (picea abies). The English word for the Dutch word 'vuur' is 'fire'. So perhaps 'vurehout' is originating from 'fir wood'????
'Vurehout' keeps bleeding resin for a long time, even if it is supposed to be dead.[/quote]
I'm speculating that vuurhout refers to the fuel wood characteristics of the knots of conifers (pine, fir, cypress, etc.). When the tree dies, the sap concentrates in the knots. One can use those knots as fuel wood. The knots (or knees) light
readily even when wet and they burn very hot. It makes a smoky fire.
If you camp in a pine or fir forest, find fallen trees and knock off the knots where the limbs once joined the trunk. If the knots don't come off readily, it's not ready for burning.