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Bad Beech

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by thewoodlands, Feb 13, 2013.

  1. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

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    I never noticed the base of the beech when I was up here looking for downed wood, looks like it should come down before it gets worse.

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  2. Pallet Pete

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    I love how beech still has leaves all winter it's beautiful.
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  3. Thistle

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    That looks like it could be a problem in the future,get it on the ground before it gets worse.What tree is that behind it with the hanging limb? Some kind of Maple? I cant see the bark good enough to really tell...
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  4. thewoodlands

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    It's a maple, that's the reason I went up on that hill, turns out we'll get two beech plus the maple for firewood. This is the other beech (the top) that I'll grab.

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  5. bogydave

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    Looks like the wind is blowing right to left.
    The leaves are all pointing left .
    Must be the predominate wind, the snag behind blew down that direction too.

    A big wind from the other direction may take it down for you.
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  6. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

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    Nice eye Bogy, our predominate wind is out of the west.
  7. Gasifier

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    Bogy has learned that by being able to smell the beer truck delivering to the local gin mill up there in the Alaskan out back. When he is down wind from it he get a head start to the establishment! ;lol

    How the hell you doing Dave? How cold is it up there this week anyway. I was surprised a few weeks ago it was warmer where you are than it was here.?o_O
  8. bogydave

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    Hey gas

    Actually from smelling Brown bear (not beer). Suckers stink & you can smell them if down wind ;)
    was 34 for the high today, now 32, light wind high overcast
    temp.JPG
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  9. Locust Post

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    One of my favorites..beech. A lot of the big ones around here get hollow in the middle. I like it because it a good hardwood and the bark is about the least messy of anything I've cut.
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  10. amateur cutter

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    Beech is nice firewood. Be careful there Zap that looks a little dangerous. Like Thistle said, take it now before it gets worse. Is it hollow or not yet? A C
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  11. TimJ

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    The beech tree looks repairable Zap...........mend it and let it grow
    She's a loner up on that hill
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  12. Ralphie Boy

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    Zap, take the beech! You know you want it. You know you won't sleep well until it's down. You know everyone around you will be happier after you take it down cause you'll be happy!;lol
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  13. ScotO

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    I love that beech for burning, and also for making tomahawk and hammer handles. Makes great axe handles, too! Stuff is hard as a rock when it dries out.......and can be a son-of-a-"beech" to turn on the lathe....;)

    I saved a couple of big rounds this past summer and ripped them into 1 1/2" slabs, then into 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" boards and let them dry real good. Gonna make some 'hawk and stone hammer handles out of them this summer. Beech has a really unique grain (kinda a cross between maple and chestnut) that I really like when sanded and stained......
  14. golfandwoodnut

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    I am glad you get some use out of it Scotty. It is great firewood but I guess no one in the lumber business really cares for the stuff. My understanding is the lumber companies just pass on beech. But of course Budweiser does beechwood aging.
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  15. Thistle

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    Not much value in domestic beech today unfortunately (been years since I seen any at a hardwood retailer around here) but I have seen a small amount of old tongue & groove flooring.Similar to hard maple in shock resistance,wearing qualities,but a tiny bit coarser & was cheaper even back then.One of the main uses for it in the past was bodies & handles,knobs for wooden moulding & bench planes of all sizes & shapes.European Beech has been prized for centuries (still used today) for mallets,wooden plane parts & especially workbenches.Here we preferred hard maple which was more widespread,plus occasionally yellow birch.
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  16. thewoodlands

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    TimJ, I'll get a better look at the base, we have some that are just rotten so I'm not sure it can be repaired. Lots of small ones growing on that ridge so if it has to come down it will be replaced. The only ones I dropped on our property were hollow, like Sav said leave them up...great food for the deer.
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    Until you get an ice storm.
  18. thewoodlands

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    I'm not sure yet but will be giving it a tap. I remember doing two in the winter a couple of years ago, both were hollow, both came down without a problem.
  19. thewoodlands

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    I hate to cut them but we have one that the base is rotten (the rest of the tree is great) so I won't touch it.
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    zap, that beech has PROBLEM written all over it. Be very careful with it. Notch it and cut it high if you have to. Don't take chances! If it is too bad, Mother Nature will help you in due time.
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  21. ScotO

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    who knows, maybe a meteorite will hit it tonight or tomorrow morning!!:eek:

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  22. thewoodlands

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    We'll see how the base is, if it's not that bad we'll grab it. Once I cut a path to the hill (more like clear the path) we can get the cable on it if needed.

    I will grab the downed beech first on the side of gunner then take a look at the big maple on the other side of that same hill.
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  23. thewoodlands

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    I had to change plans today from cutting to work then I watched my nephew play some hockey, looks like tomorrow will be cold here (-20 with the windchill) might try some outside work.
  24. Pat53

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    ake it down

    Zap, is all your beech dying in your area? Up here there is some kind of fungus I believe that is killing all the beech. I see truckloads every day heading for the paper mills. Last I heard they were getting about $115/cord for it, so if you want it for firewood your going to pay at least that much....and no one will pay that much for it.

    All the white ash is being killed from the EAB so there is going to be tons of that stuff available soon too.

    Pat
  25. thewoodlands

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    Yes, we have the same fungus. The base seems to be hollow on the bigger ones but we still have some that are in nice shape.

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