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Big dry Maple?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by FireBones, Mar 24, 2013.

  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

    andybaker Feeling the Heat

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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

    weatherguy Minister of Fire

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

    bigbarf48 Minister of Fire

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

    OldLumberKid Feeling the Heat

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    Monstah!
  6. fireview2788

    fireview2788 Minister of Fire

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    silver?

    fv
  7. tigeroak

    tigeroak Member

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

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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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

    nrford Minister of Fire

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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

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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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

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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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

    weatherguy Minister of Fire

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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

    Applesister Minister of Fire

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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

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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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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