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Best day ever + Wood ID plz

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Reckless, Apr 20, 2013.

  1. Applesister

    Applesister Minister of Fire

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    I was just gonna say, both Gum and Elm are in the BTU middle ground. Ive read on DEC sites that Elm can found with straight grain or interlocking. And that Gum is very interlocking. I have split Elm trees from my own property that were straight grained. And Ive split Elm that I needed a crowbar to pry each piece apart.

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  2. Reckless

    Reckless Feeling the Heat

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    Yes and yes. Just the small amount i resplit I found both versions.
  3. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Elm can and will have the interlocking wavy grain, as well. It can be a monster to split and can also be very stringy.
    This is a pic of 100% verified Elm. Notice the strings and the axe.
    100_1024.jpg

    Wavy grain (I don't have a pic of the interlocking grain) towards the bottom of the pic.
    100_1029.jpg
  4. Reckless

    Reckless Feeling the Heat

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    See that is super light and most of mine is very dark..... I guess at this point it doesnt matter which it is, in my book its the same free wood :)
  5. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Not all elm is as bleached out as my pics.

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