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can you id this gnarly old tree?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Nutmeg Warrior, Apr 5, 2013.

  1. Nutmeg Warrior

    Nutmeg Warrior New Member

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    Tree fell earlier in the winter. It has two trunks and I was surprised to find buds on some of the branches while we were investigating yesterday.

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  2. basod

    basod Minister of Fire

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    Looks like maple
    Tree has been sick for a while judging from all the sucker branches
  3. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    Just a guess . . . maple.
  4. Bocefus78

    Bocefus78 Minister of Fire

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    Before I looked at the picture I sensed maple since you said it already had buds. After looking, It's maple. That thing had some wet feet! Was it hollow at the base?
  5. Nutmeg Warrior

    Nutmeg Warrior New Member

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    Yes, it is somewhat hollow at the base. The whole area is pretty damp and soggy.
  6. Brewmonster

    Brewmonster Burning Hunk

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    Red maple, Acer rubrum.
    Great cat!
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  7. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Yep on da maple. And that bobcat sure appears friendly.
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  8. Nutmeg Warrior

    Nutmeg Warrior New Member

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    Hopefully it will make some decent firewood. Our cat loves wood heat!
  9. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Good stuff to burn. Middle of the road heat, some coaling.
  10. nrford

    nrford Minister of Fire

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    Soft Maple for sure
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  11. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Indeed soft maple. We've burn lots simply because we have so much of it. Normally don't burn it at night but works great during the day. Also makes for some super kindling wood when split small.

    One of the best things about that tree is if you get it split right away and stack it in the wind, it will be okay to burn next winter. Dries fast. You can even leave these trees whole and they will dry! Takes 2-3 years for that to happen but any longer than 3 years it usually goes punky. Split it and stack it though and it will not go bad.
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  12. hickoryhoarder

    hickoryhoarder New Member

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    Ditto on that evaluation.
  13. Woody Stover

    Woody Stover Minister of Fire

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    Silver Maple, I think.
    You heard the man; Stack it! ==c
  14. billb3

    billb3 Minister of Fire

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    maple
    I've got one with those same funny knobs growing on it uprooted on the corner of the property.
    Lost a top years ago . Bigger on the bottom but the first top it had is gone. Dunno how rotten it is in side. Fell into the swamp and a ton of huge briars. I hacked some briars out of the way just to get a little better look at it.
    Has the same red buds.
  15. Nutmeg Warrior

    Nutmeg Warrior New Member

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    I'm glad to hear that it will season quickly as I am a new burner and haven't built up any kind of wood supply. Well, I do have some tulip poplar but it burns ridiculously quick. You're right, I need to get this cut and split asap. I'm going to start tackling it today. Thanks for the encouragement!
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