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A little addition to the stash :)

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Xikar, Mar 28, 2013.

  1. Xikar

    Xikar Member

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    Started digging into some logs that were abandoned on one of my job sites. Need to sharpen my saw blade and get going on this! Not too sure what it is, I'll post some close up picks once I get some cut up.

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  2. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Well we know it's fire wood.
    It's already next to the stacks.
    Just the fun parts left to do ;)
  3. Woody Stover

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    Maybe Silver Maple?
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    Yep.. Nice score. Looks like some Silver Maple to me too m
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  5. midwestcoast

    midwestcoast Minister of Fire

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    Can't be too sure from that pic, but Silver Maple would be my guess too. Nice haul!
    I assume you had some hydraulic help loading those _g
  6. Xikar

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    LOL, Yes! We loaded them with a front end loader. :p

    Thanks for the wood ID as well fellas!

    Edit: Just searched silver maple and it seems it's not the most desirable wood... Looks like it will be a lot of work for very little payoff. Shoulder season wood at best from what I read. Oh well, maybe next time I can score something better. At least it was free! LOL
  7. DexterDay

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    Im a fan of Silver Maple. Split that chit big (6x6 and 8x8's) and you'll be pleasantly surprised :)

    Plus, if.you split it now, it will be ready for this season. Double score. Good wood and you can use it soon.
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  8. Jon1270

    Jon1270 Minister of Fire

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    Haven't burned any yet, but I hand-split about a cord and a half of silver maple a month or so ago, and I'm impressed at how fast it's drying. 70% of the BTU value of white oak, but 1/3 the drying time. I wouldn't feel too bad.
  9. basod

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    I don't think it's all silver maple.
    Looks like some white oak over on the right and maybe some red over towards the left. You'll get a better idea once split
    Was it all one tree?
  10. Xikar

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    No, there were a few trees dropped on the lot and they all got mixed together. I will post some pics once I get into it later today.
  11. lukem

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    Heck, the hard part's already done (brush is gone and it is in your driveway). Who cares if it is not primo stuff. Nothing wrong with silver maple at all. No reason to be disappointed.
  12. Applesister

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    I have a bad case of peanuts envy here. There is definitely some serious hydraulics in the picture. I struggle with apple tree limbs by hand and it takes months and months to come up with a pile of wood that size. And I dont know about the silver...maybe theres sugar maple in there too. Sooty mold on the butt ends is attracted to high sugar contents. .
    If you cant run with the big dogs stay on the porch?
    Im sittin here on my porch saying, gee thats nice.
  13. rdust

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    Not true, silver is right in line with Cherry as far as performance. I can get 24 hour burns with silver maple during the shoulder season and solid 12 hour burns during the winter.
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    I think you'll end up liking the Silver. Split some of it smaller to use as starter wood...starts quick and burns pretty hot. Oak kindling takes forever to get burning. I'll finish out the season on mostly Red Maple, River Birch and Black Cherry. Toss a load in at night to get through the low temps, then let it burn out in the morning. Rinse and repeat the next evening. Actually, I've been burning a lot of mid-heat woods all winter. I still get plenty long burn times, and it's easy to ramp the output up or down if needed. If it's real cold out or I just feel like getting a super-long burn, I'll bring out the big guns. ==c
    I've been stacking a lot of the quick-dry stuff recently to get me into position for next season...lots of stoves to feed. :oops:
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  15. midwestcoast

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    I like Silver Maple. They are plentiful around here. It isn't what I'd pick for mid-winter overnight burns, but dries quick, lights easy, puts off good heat.
    I still say wait 'till you start splitting & we'll see if that even is what you have.
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    That's all I've burned the last 3 weeks, burns good. I don't expect it to heat the house when we have single digits but a great wood I will continue to process as I come across it
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    Man, that is some BIG wood. Nothing wrong with Maple.....I'd add it to my stacks any day.......looks like the tree that was taken down in my hood yesterday (Wife forbid me to scrounge:()
  18. ScotO

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    I LOVE having lots of silver maple in my stacks. Matter of fact, I used silver maple and ash almost exclusively ALL WINTER LONG this year, and saved the oak and locust for overnight burns. Silver maple is nice because it'll build a quick, hot fire, burn down to powder (with the occasional clinker), and it seasons very fast once C/S/S, it's worth the work.....
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    I never understood why folks give some of these lesser woods the cold shoulder. There is a lot of heat there! You'll get the same heat from soft maples than you will from oaks. The difference is the length of time it burns. The maple will just burn up a bit sooner is all. Shoot, we've gone complete winters burning nothing but soft maples and had no problems.
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  20. Xikar

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    Here is what it looks like cut and split.


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    i like the x27 i bought one this year and love it
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    I agree with Dennis, nothing wrong with silver maple, just burn the harder stuff overnight if you want a longer burn and use the lesser btu woods in the day.
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