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Is this oak? (pics)

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by CowboyAndy, Mar 30, 2009.

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  1. Jack Straw

    Jack Straw Minister of Fire

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    The 1st picture is Ash. Can't comment on the other wood.

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  2. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    1. - Ash!

    2. - Hickory

    3. - Awww dang it!
  3. Ncountry

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    1st picture 99% basswood .

    Small pile of wood 85% elm .

    edit: maybe hickory :-S
  4. Jamess67

    Jamess67 Feeling the Heat

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    Its Balsa. LOL
  5. webby3650

    webby3650 Master of Fire

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    On pic #3 the growth rings look way too big to be Hickory and their is usually a lot of light and dark wood in Hickory.
  6. CowboyAndy

    CowboyAndy New Member

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    webby, ya i am 99.9% sure its hickory, I cut some last season and had my step daughter look up the leaves at school. I didnt say anything about what i thought it might be, and she came home and said its shagbark hickory.

    So with the ash, what is the seasoning time on it? Im cutting it now, going to spit by june. should be good to go by next season right?


    I have to wait to june to split it and get it home because the area is not accessabile by truck right now (as illustrated in the pics above).
  7. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    It's been said before, but I like ash for many reasons -- it offers decent BTUs, it splits wicked easily, good coaling and most of all . . . I have a lot of it on our family property where I cut wood and no oak, hickory or those highly prized trees for firewood.

    Ash seasons pretty quickly . . . especially if split small. By "next season" are you talking heating for 2010-2011 or 2009-2010? I used quite a bit of ash this past winter that I had cut and split over the summer and it was OK . . . could have used a little more seasoning to get its full potential as some pieces had a bit of sizzle . . . and I tended to use this ash towards late-Winter vs. early on where I have no doubt it would have not burned as well.
  8. CowboyAndy

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    Well, it will most likely come into play around december. one of the plus sides is that where i store my wood is very breezy and is in the sun for almost all of the day.
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