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(another) What kind of tree is this?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Lenen98, Nov 28, 2009.

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  1. Lenen98

    Lenen98 New Member

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    99% of my property is locust, so anything outside of that, stumps me. They are along a small stream, in Western NY if that helps. In the 18-24" diameter range. Relatively soft wood, again, compared to locust. Yes, all pics are from the same tree, the bark changes as it goes up. So what is it? AND, can I burn it in my stove once it's dried. Thanks in advance....

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  2. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    birch
  3. gregp553

    gregp553 New Member

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    The cut pieces sure look like a white birch. It must be big.
  4. JustWood

    JustWood Minister of Fire

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    Dat B ass pin!
  5. wisconsindvm

    wisconsindvm New Member

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    looks like poplar to me
  6. devinsdad

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    definitely poplar,or some call aspen....Finally an id i can id
  7. WOODBUTCHER

    WOODBUTCHER Minister of Fire

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    Should be plenty of leaves under'em to ID.
    Yes it burns...rather quickly like pine.

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  8. benjamin

    benjamin Minister of Fire

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    popple-poplar-aspen, definitely not birch from the bark on the trunk.

    it will burn fine, just a bit light. the hardest part will be getting it to dry in NY, maybe you could ship it to the guy in CO who is in the aspen drying business?!? He can probably dry that stuff in a month.

    Isn't locust a good wood for burning? I'd stick with that and leave the popple to the pulp cutters and bugs.
  9. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    It will still dry pretty fast because it is not dense. Split it now and burn it next fall. Around here it is mostly called gopher wood. Put some in the stove and quick go fer more. Expect short burns and lots of ashes. Good for fall and spring burning.
  10. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa Minister of Fire

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    Ja, it certainly is Aspen. If it is crooked and multi-trunked, then probably Big Toothed Aspen despite WB's pics showing straight trunk and very different looking bark. If it had small round leaves, it is Quaking Aspen.
  11. Lenen98

    Lenen98 New Member

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    Thanks for the info. I need to go look for leaves on the ground. All I was finding were clearly maple, but guess they blew in from somewhere else. Yes, locust burns great, once it's dry, which can be a couple years. Might be a good thing to have some fall/spring wood.
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    LLigetfa Minister of Fire

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    Unless it's just to satisfy your own curiosity, there is no real difference between Big Toothed Aspen and Quaking Aspen WRT how it burns.
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    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    Poplar . . . aspen . . . around here most folks don't differentiate between the two.
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    Poplar, I have some just like it in a swamp area in the woods behind my house. I burn in shoulder season. Definitely split if possible as it will rot quickly if left with bark on.
  15. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Jake, you have to learn that it is popple, not poplar. lol
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    Wood Duck Minister of Fire

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    That aspen will season faster, light up faster, and burn to ash faster than locust.
  17. Lenen98

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    Thanks guys, I did some looking around the trees last night. Sure enough, found aspen leaves. I don't have much soft wood on my property, so this will work great for what I need. Locust can be a bit temperamental for getting a fire going. Definitely some wet, spongy wood. I made an attempt to split a round, and the axe pretty much just got sucked in. I'll have to get the splitter over there.
  18. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    HehHeh . . . You would make a good Mainiac . . . most folks up this way call it popple too . . . and tamarack/hackmatack is almost always called juniper even though it's not a true juniper.
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