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Can anyone ID this wood?

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  1. WoodPorn

    WoodPorn Minister of Fire

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    These pics are taken of a standing dead tree I felled two weeks ago, the tree was fairly small, 10-12" at the base, very smooth bark, maybe 30' tall(I know this tree is at least 12 years old) with tons of very skinny long branches.
    When I cut this thing up I noticed an aroma that smelled like the southbound end of a northbound horse! The smell is even worse after splitting yesterday, my whole garage wreaks of ....well you know. Notice the huge growth rings, some are about 3/8".

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  2. savageactor7

    savageactor7 Minister of Fire

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    imo poplar has a foul smell when first split...does most of it hand split real easy and white? Cause Poplar does have a smooth bark. Anyway the smell will be gone by labor day if its Poplar.
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    id go with poplar as well
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    Yep, poplar was my first thought as well.
  5. WoodPorn

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    I wouldn't say it split very easy, it was quite stringy and took some force to get the splits apart, I got that creaking noise from the wood when I dug in w/the splitter.

    This stuff measures around 18% moisture so that may explain some of it.
  6. JustWood

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    I wood guess Yellow P.......oplar as well.
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    Look at the size of those growth rings. Either that or Werm has baby hands.

    Poplar/Aspen is fairly fast growing here but not that fast.
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    How heavy is it even though it is dry? Hickory smells like manure and splits kinda tough, but is pretty heavy even when dry. We may need some more clues to solve this one.
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    Hickory typically doesn't grow that fast.
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    Smaller ailanthus have smooth bark, wide growth rings (indicating fast growth), and smell bad. Maybe it is Ailanthus, aka Tree of Heaven, and sometimes mistaken for sumac.
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    The bark looks similar to the right picture on the first link, however the wood is pretty heavy/dense even though it is bone dry.
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    There is another tree (alive) right net to the one I took down, I'll get a pic of the shape/leaves.
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    The split looks exactly like Hackberry to me, but without leaf or bark visual, can't say. After felling two 80-90 yr old Hacks in my mothers backyard this spring (due to ice storm) she complained of a possible sewer line problem. Ground around stump (4 ft diam) was wet and the back yard smelled like an outhouse. It was the sap still being drawn up through the roots. The wood was stringy, required a lot of work from my 22-T splitter, and made me want to keep a roll of toilet paper nearby! Not sure if yall have Hackberry up there, but it's a bear to split 5 cords of it. I'm just hoping it doesn't have the same odor while burning!
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