Another round of "what's that wood"?

DiscoInferno Posted By DiscoInferno, Oct 21, 2007 at 12:20 AM

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  1. DiscoInferno

    DiscoInferno
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    Scrounged a truckload today, and I'm not sure what some of it is. It was cut long ago, so no leaves. It looks and weighs sort of elm-ish, but it splits like butter. I did get some old elm last year that split easily also; I chalked that up to it just starting to get punky. This stuff was down on the ground for a while also, but it's been dry and the meter reads about 24%. Anyway, here's wood, bark, and end grain. Analyze away.
     

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  2. titan

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    That kinda looks like some scrounged poplar that I split up today,And it splits like a dream.
     
  3. My_3_Girls

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    I'm going with Ash - an old Yankee saying is that you can cut ash in the morning, and burn it at night - seasons easily, wide open cell structure, splits easily.
     
  4. begreen

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    Yep, poplar I've seen is usually yellow-green on the inside.
     
  5. wahoowad

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    wood grain looks like an oak
     
  6. Gene K.

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    The bark looks like that of a mature ash.
     
  7. JBinKC

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    Green ash is my guess.
     
  8. RonB

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    Is the weight of the wood light or heavy? Ash and oak are dense and heavy. It's tough to be accurate from afar, even though you have good pictures. Leaves, blooms, shape of the mature tree standing, smell of the wood, tactile feel of the bark, what part of the country it is found, and where on your property is it thriving (sun, shade, edge of field etc. )in the field --all cues that help to ID a tree. Now you know why I won't even guess what it is.

    Addendum: If it has a sweet smell when split/cut it could be Sassafras.
     
  9. GeeWizMan

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    Looks like Ash to me. :)
     
  10. gpcollen1

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    The only answer is ASH. Not a bad burning wood at all. Can burn it freshly cut down too - but that is better in a campfire. Find one dead and standing and that'll burn pretty nicely.
     
  11. PA. Woodsman

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    It's Ash for certain. Great all-purpose wood from kindling up to fuelwood. Splits easily, burns great. It's a very good wood.
     
  12. DiscoInferno

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    The ash I have had before was much lighter and uniform in color (white ash?), so I guess I didn't think of that even though the bark should have tipped me off. Thanks as always.
     
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