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"Christmas" wood?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Cal-MI, Nov 18, 2009.

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  1. Cal-MI

    Cal-MI New Member

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    OK, the wood actually, when split, is red and green. I suspect the green is spalting or something and the red is natural. What kind of wood is it? I have my suspicion, but the log was bark free, dry, and lying just off the ground. It is tough to split but burns readily in the airtight stove, so is apparently 12% moisture or thereabouts. Notice the chatoyancy of some spit sections. The background logs with bark on from a different tree, so do not judge the split sample by them.

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  2. Todd

    Todd Minister of Fire

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    Boxelder has red streaks and I'm thinking the green is some kind of fungus.
  3. derecskey

    derecskey New Member

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    I would guess some kind of Italian Plum tree.
  4. quads

    quads Minister of Fire

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    I agree with Todd; boxelder. Had a nail in it? = green/blue.
  5. Cluttermagnet

    Cluttermagnet Minister of Fire

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    Chatoyancy? Interesting word. I actually found one hit on Merriam-Webster's.

    French origins... (figures)

    Chatoyant: (shuh-toy-unt, emphasis on middle syllable)

    "...to shine like a cat's eyes..."
    "having a changeable luster or color with an undulating narrow band of white light"

    From Websters-online:
    "Varying in color when seen in different lights or from different angles"
    Websters-online


    Not a word you run into often.
    Reminds me of a semi-precious stone,
    or a weird piece of wood. ;-)
  6. lexybird

    lexybird Minister of Fire

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    old fence wire will make the blue color streaks like that ,if a mill sees that ,they immediately shut it off and toss the entire log out for fear of ruining their 3500$ blades
  7. gregp553

    gregp553 New Member

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    Boxelder I think. Chatoyancy - huh?
  8. Tony H

    Tony H New Member

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    Are all the splits green and red ? The red could be box elder and BE does tend to shed the bark when sitting it also is a little hard to split and when wet a bit stringy somewhat like elm
  9. Bubbavh

    Bubbavh Feeling the Heat

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    Definitely Maple... Maybe... I think... yes Maple... probably!
    I hope this helps.
    Firewood? oh yea!
  10. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Mmmm,mmmmm - maple.
  11. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    And, of course, box elder is a type of maple.
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    savageactor7 Minister of Fire

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    Often times the soaking wet laying down dead wood I pull from the swamp will split out colorful like that. I use it for campfire wood and noticed it burns more colorful too.
  13. Wood Duck

    Wood Duck Minister of Fire

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    ...written like someone who has spent time gazing lovingly at his firewood. Do you find yourself telling your wife 'your eyes have the chatoyancy of fresh-split box elder?' that's a good line, I may have to try it.
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