Big dry Maple?

FireBones Posted By FireBones, Mar 24, 2013 at 8:46 PM

  1. FireBones

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    Got a couple buddies together today and we headed over to the farm to start on this big dead standing tree that the ministry felled for safety concerns regarding the road. The bonus is its all limbed up and a nice clean job. This sucker sure is big though....we cut about 15/20' off the skinny end today and split and loaded our two trucks. I have to get my loader over there next time to help roll and move this bad boy around. My 362 seems too small for really enjoying a tree so big but I'm also not sure how often I will run across one quite so big. Can't wait to finish off what's left as its just beauty stuff! Anybody wanna comment on the spices of this behemoth?
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  2. andybaker

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    That is one nice tree. I love getting 'em like that. I have no idea what kind it is though. The bark pattern almost reminds me of a Locust but you said it was a maple and your in maple land so you got me. A lot of good burning there, nice score.
     
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  3. weatherguy

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    Looks like a hickory, nice score whatever it is.
     
  4. bigbarf48

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    Great score! Lots of nice splits in the trunk for sure
     
  5. OldLumberKid

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    Monstah!
     
  6. fireview2788

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    silver?

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  7. tigeroak

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    Hard maple get it all. I got about 2 cord split up for 2015 .
     
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  8. bogydave

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    Looks like hard maple from what I see, bark & the color.
    With pictures sometime just hard to tell.
    Some pics of a few splits may help for positive ID.
    Good fire wood whatever it is :)
     
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  9. nrford

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    Hard Maple.
     
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  10. FireBones

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    Thanks for all the replies, its the first tree that has brought my splitter to a halt if lined up on a knot ect.
     
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  11. Backwoods Savage

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    Yup, hard maple for sure.
     
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  12. ScotO

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    Yes that is definitely hard maple, and I'd be all over that like stink on a skunk.........
    It'll take longer than silver maple to season (2 to 3 years for optimum performance), but with burn times similar to red oak, it's worth the wait!!
     
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  13. smokinj

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    That's a back backer! :eek:
     
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  14. FireBones

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    Leaving it sitting by the road for the next few days is going to make me loose sleep haha. I'm pretty excited to learn it is in fact hard maple and has been dead standing for a couple years so maybe it'll be ready to burn fall/winter 2013?
     
  15. weatherguy

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    When you guys say hard maple does that mean sugar maple? or is hard maple what its called, sure looks like some nice firewood thats for sure.
     
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  16. Applesister

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    Acer saccharum yes sugar maple
    That tree might have been around for revolutionary war. Church yard...maybe even some iron in it. old maple sugar taps.
     
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  17. Backwoods Savage

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    With some luck it might. If possible separate the top of the tree from the bottom as the top will be the driest. I'd also split the wood rather small in order to hasten the drying process.
     
  18. FireBones

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    I will keep that advise in mind! Thanks Savage.
     
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  19. FireBones

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    I am going to cut a 4" slab off and sand it up all pretty and turn it into a new speed bag platform. Before I test out its durability maybe I can figure out how old it is? I bet the leather will sound good bouncing on that hard maple!!
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