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Help with wood ID please.

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by higginscl, Apr 27, 2013.

  1. higginscl

    higginscl Member

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    I got all this dropped off at my house by a tree service company and i unfortunately know nothing about how to identify wood. I am new at burning wood and have full intentions of knowing a lot more.




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  2. ScotO

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    Looks like a mix of cottonwood, hickory and ash to me.
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  3. higginscl

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    If it helps the first and second pick are from the same tree and the second two are different i think. The guys that brought it out came out two diferent times with a dump truck and i never got to talk to them. On the last pic when i split it the bark came off very easily and i didnt notice till today that it had track marks on the bark side of the splits. Im guessing the first two are cottonwood but unsure if the last ones are the same.
  4. ScotO

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    the ones with the big, thick, chunky bark are definitely cottonwood. Shoulder season wood, at best. It'll burn really fast, but it also seasons really fast when C/S/S, so if you are in need of some SS wood then that may be of good use to you.

    The other pics are either hickory, ash or even possibly Norway maple (after looking at the pics again).

    *edit* after looking yet AGAIN, I'm saying ash and Norway maple. Both of them are fantastic firewood, well worth the work involved.....
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  5. higginscl

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    Thanks i was hoping for some good news. This forum has helped me out a lot!! I have taken a lot of advice from what ive read on other posts and have never been steered in the wrong direction. Thank you again.
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  6. Backwoods Savage

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    Welcome to the forum higginscl.

    If this is your first year, I'd highly suggest you make your splits small, like that ash in the 3rd picture. Comparing that one split to the splits in the last picture you can see it is smaller. Splitting small like this will assist in letting the moisture out a bit quicker. Stacking them loosely and out in the wind then is the best thing you can do because you will need them next winter. Normally you would want to give your wood more time to dry and as you no doubt have read before, we recommend folks get 3 years ahead on their wood supply. Then you will be in a great position and will reap many benefits.
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  7. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    A mix, but it's all BTUs.
    Burn the cottonwood for one time fires to take the chill off.
    Save the good stuff for winter ;)

    Don't get much better than having it delivered ;)

    Get it Cut Split & stacked (CSS) ASAP & post a picture.
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  8. Woody Stover

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    Wow, keep in touch with that guy if he's going to bring the likes of Hickory! :cool: Hopefully there's more of that than the Crottenwood. It's advantage might be a quicker drying time, because you want to give the Hickory two years split and stacked if possible. If he brings White Ash, soft Maple or Black Cherry you'll have some of the faster-drying woods that can be pretty good by next winter.
  9. raybonz

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    Very nice higgins! Welcome to the forum!

    Ray
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  10. higginscl

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    Thanks guys ill post some pics when i get it all CSS if i can get enough time. Working nights at the RR and a 8 month old daughter kinda puts a cramp in my cutting style. Just have to keep hitting it a couple hours at a crack.
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  11. ScotO

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    Railroader, eh? Me too! Norfolk Southern here......where do you work, Higgins?
  12. higginscl

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    Union Pacific in north Iowa. Pretty good gig for living in the boonies.

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