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Is this hickory--thanks!

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by KB1GCB, Mar 27, 2009.

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  1. KB1GCB

    KB1GCB New Member

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    Another road side wood find! Again, this is left by the roadside for the public to take. Live in a rural area and the roadside trees are constantly being trimmed--especially in the spring and fall. My brother from my phone description to him thinks it could be hickory. This is the hardest wood I have ever tried to split with my monster maul--it just bounces off or very little damage to the log. I was able to split a couple of pieces, but left defeated! Will try again when my new fiskars 7584 arrives, but I don't think it will help. Might have to let dry and burn as is without splitting.

    Thanks for your help!

    John

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  2. Jack Straw

    Jack Straw Minister of Fire

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    From your splitting experience it sounds like elm. I can split hickory quite easily. Looks like elm in the pics. The Hickory I cut has a dark center ring.
  3. Shipper50

    Shipper50 Minister of Fire

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    If its bark-less like the pics show I would agree its some kind of elm. All my hickory I have been cutting has bark and the elm doesn't. The elm was dead standing and looks alot like your pics.

    Shipper
  4. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa Minister of Fire

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    Ja, standing dead Elm.
  5. FN_9

    FN_9 New Member

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    Try a little more horsepower in your swing. Actually, I cut some down into shorter pieces - then it split just fine.

    I could see moisture seep out where I hit it w/maul - the stuff has a really high moisture content.
  6. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Sure looks like elm to me. Good luck splitting by hand.
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    Corey Minister of Fire

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    I agree with elm. The key would be smell. If a fresh cut/split piece smells like cat pee, probably elm. If it smells like...well...hickory...it's probably hickory. Burning a small splinter or two then sniffing a waft of the smoke would also give a positive ID for hickory.
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    What does "Ja" mean??? ;-P
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    Another vote for elm.. have some that looks just like that. Big wide rings and no bark (from standing dead) are a good tip off.
    A pain to split. Cut the rounds short.. they will split easier that way.
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    Elm, definitely elm. Burns decent.
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    wisconsindvm New Member

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    that is dead ash
    You will know if you have elm (smells, darker in color, will burn like a damp rag)
    ash has a similar bark beetle to elm
    elm does NOT burn decent
  14. jpl1nh

    jpl1nh Minister of Fire

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    Elm splits better if you "flake" off pieces instead of trying to split it down the middle. Aim to split across the log 25% of the way in, do that on all four sides and leave the core as your fifth piece. Elm burns just fine in my woodstove, not as many btu's as oak or locust but great for not so cold weather.
  15. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Vat? You not from the nort, eh?
  16. KB1GCB

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    Thanks to all for the info!

    Just came back from "smelling" my wood--not much of an odor. Going to place my 16" rounds (getting ready the fireview) in the 'smart-holder' and make smaller. Hope I can now split them--whatever, they look good. 8^)


    John
  17. Jamess67

    Jamess67 Feeling the Heat

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    KB1GCB Ham call sign huh?
    KC9NFB
  18. webby3650

    webby3650 Master of Fire

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    If you let the Elm season before you burn,it will do much better. I burn lots of elm, never had problem with it.
  19. KB1GCB

    KB1GCB New Member

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    Yes!
    Hi KC9NFB and 73 de KB1GCB

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    webby3650--Thanks!

    John
  20. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    John, when people talk about elm stinking, that is when it is cut green. That you have is not green so has lost all or most of it's odor.

    Good luck on the splitting.
  21. KB1GCB

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    Thanks Dennis!

    :sick:

    John
  22. JayD

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    Nothing wrong with elm what I burn is 50% elm. Just takes a bit longer to split.
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