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Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Bacffin, Oct 23, 2012.
Is this a small heart hard maple?
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A very small hearted Soft Maple. However the black streaks indicate the presense of Ambrosia beetle larvae. You will find a small worm hole in the black steak at some point in the log. They show up in umber and are easily seen, it is considered a defect in lumber althought there are some customers that desire this appearance.
your going to need some Kubota touch up paint when your done Basffin
Bacffin, what you have there is one of the fastest drying wood there are. Good firewood too; just not quite up to par with hard maple or oak. We burn quite a bit of it here. One thing I love to do is make kindling wood from it. Pick the logs with no knots. It splits like a dream too. I use the hydraulics for making kindling and can chew one of those sized logs really fast and end up with a bunch of approximately 1" x 1" sticks of kindling. It lights easy and burns hot.
Does this beetle larvae exist in the hard maple too? I cut up another this evening and it was really heavy but had a couple of these streaks.
I'll save some for kindling to try it. I use mostly pine for that though.