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Ash?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Flatbedford, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

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    I met a woman who lives near me on 4 wooded acres. She had a bunch of trees come down during Sandy and there are many others down too. She says I can have it all! I'm thinking that I may have three season's worth or more here.
    There is a huge two stem White Oak in front.
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    And what I think are a bunch of Ash trees down in back. At least I think these are Ash. I once brought home Elm by mistake, thinking I had Ash. What do you all think?
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    There will be more pictures once I get started. I have more wood lined up than I have room for right now, but I will be getting into this soon. I'm hoping that I can do some clean up for her and store the wood at her place until I have burned a few cords to make room for new stuff at home.

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  2. TimJ

    TimJ Minister of Fire

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    Really nice score Flatbedford.
    IF you straighten up her property and stack that stuff nice and neat I am sure she will be very happy.
    You will be busy
  3. blujacket

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    Looks like Ash to me
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  4. Jack Straw

    Jack Straw Minister of Fire

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    Looks like ash, I see a lot of oak leaves around it. Does it have small oval shaped leaves?
  5. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

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    No leaves on these trees. Most have been down some time. I didn't look carefully at the leaves on the ground. This is a wet area. The last big ash score I made was at another wet area. Do Ash trees like to have their feet wet?
  6. Jack Straw

    Jack Straw Minister of Fire

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    My woods are very wet and I have a ton of Ash.
  7. Backwoods Savage

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    A different ash than what we have.

    Steve, that is an excellent Christmas present. I hope you give her a good one too.
  8. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

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    I'm gonna clean up a huge mess at her place, that's her gift! There are trees down everywhere on her 4 acres. I'll probably also have to rebuild a small bridge to haul the wood out. I'll post up some more pics in a new thread. Right now I just want to be sure that I've stepped into an Ash gold mine and not an Elm hell hole.
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  9. RORY12553

    RORY12553 Minister of Fire

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    I know exactly what you mean about the elm hell hole. 1st scrounge turned out to be mostly elm and I spent a while spliting that stuff by hand!!
  10. Brewmonster

    Brewmonster Burning Hunk

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    Have a look at the twigs. If the buds and leaf scars are opposite each other, ash is very likely. If not,...
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  11. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Serious amount of fire wood, one of the top scrounges of the year ! ! ;)
    Looks like a long term project.
    Should keep you busy thru the winter

    2nd pic could be locust ? close to locust bark anyway. would be nice eh?

    Keep us posted on your progress.
    Have fun :)
  12. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

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    It's not Locust. I am sure of that! I have scrounged about 7 cords of BL on the last year and a half.

    I forgot about the opposing buds. I'll check that out next time I'm there.
  13. wingsfan

    wingsfan Feeling the Heat

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    The bark in the second pic looks to be a deep texture, The ash around here the bark is only maybee 1/4in deep and falling off, due to the ash borer.
  14. jatoxico

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    Only scored ash once so what do I know but the bark in pic two is more deeply furrowed than the ash I've seen. Excellent find no matter what.
  15. HardWoodW

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    I keep going back and forth on whether that's ash or not- I'd say cut off a round and split it by hand- if it splits like butter you've got ash
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  16. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

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    I think that is the way to go.
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    cha-ching...
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  18. Boog

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    This is exactly what I was thinking, it looks too deep for the white ash of these parts. Its a dead ringer for the bark of big Tulip Trees, or american elm. Like HardwoodW said "try splitting a piece".
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    jdp1152 Minister of Fire

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    Looks remarkably like bark of the white willow I just had cut down. Kinda looks like elm as well though. I've got quite a few white ash around me at various stages of growth and that doesn't look anything like them.
  20. fire_man

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    Flatbedford:

    I hate to rain on an Ash parade, but the bark texture is awful deep, and the ash like diamond pattern is certainly there. We definitely need more pictures, if nothing more we can salivate over your score!
  21. Gasifier

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    Flatbed. I can not be sure what you have from the pics. But I can say this. I have cut/split/stacked a lot of White Ash from my families property. I recently learned that does not mean I know what Ash looks like! Just the Ash on my property. A guy I purchased some wood from brought me some Ash. Didn't look like the bark of the Ash I was use to on my property. But it did have that nice straight grain like Ash. I asked him, "Is that Ash?" He said, "Sure is! Looks different from yours because it comes from a swampy area and is older trees." I believe him. It splits nice and easy. The bark is much deeper. And mine comes from ground that is drier than his, and the trees in our family property are pretty young. Just thought I would let you know what I experienced recently.

    Great score man! And good of you to help her out. You are saving her lots of money from paying a tree service to do it later! And hey. Even if it is elm. Rent a nice splitter for a day at a time when you have plenty of wood ready. It is free wood! ;lol I have done that in the past. I can rent one for 60 bucks for the day. Not bad.
  22. Hickorynut

    Hickorynut Burning Hunk

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    Flatbed, I agree with those others who say it could be something other than ash, as in tulip poplar. Compared to white oak it would be a loser ;)
  23. Wood Duck

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    In addition to pictures of the bark, some pictures of the twigs would be very helpful. Ash have opposite branching, meaning that in general a twig on one side of the branch is paired with a twig on the other side of the same branch directly opposite the first twig. Only Ash and maple have this among large trees.

    That bark is more furrowed than any Ash I have seen, but one picture can be confusing.
  24. ikessky

    ikessky Minister of Fire

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    Let me get this straight. You are meeting new women who are giving you wood.......... Again, am I the only pervert who thinks this way???
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  25. Wood Duck

    Wood Duck Minister of Fire

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    No, you're not the only one. If this wasn't such a classy bunch you'd see a lot more comments.

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