Log 6 ID Please..I have no clue!

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  1. Bacffin

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    The saw cut real easy through this stuff and the rounds were a little on the light side. The chips were kind of fine too. I had to check the saw, thinking it was dull, but it was fine. After a couple of splits, I got a very faint oak smell. Pretty straight grained too. Any ideas?

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    Bruce
     

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  2. JOHN BOY

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    Looks like sourwood to me. cut some today. Its a pretty decent wood to burn.
     
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    Ash.
     
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    Talk about being such a newbee, I have never even heard of sourwood.
     
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    It mite be ash.. but i would'nt know. Hav'nt ever had any down here from the area's i get my wood from. The bark and wood splits there look exactly like the sourwoods we cut.
     
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    Looks just like the ash I cut this morning.
     
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    yep...ash
     
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    That doesn't look like Ash to me. Ash usually has very white wood, while this wood is more of an oak color. Sourwood is a southern tree that doesn't grow in Mass. I'd say this is a Chestnut Oak except that I can't see any medullary rays in the end of the rounds. All oaks have medullary rays which can usually be easily seen in the end grain of a round. Maybe the rays are there but just not evident in the pictures. The thick, deeply ridged bark looks like Chestnut Oak and also like Sassafras. Now that I think of it the thing looks a lot like Sassafras. Sassafras generally has a smell to it, kind of a fruity smell.
     
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    Possibly Black Ash. Wood is a warm tan or light brown,occasionally w/ small pin knots/cluster burls.A bit softer than the White or Green Ash that's fairly common around here.
     
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    Looking at the grain, my initial thought was Douglas Fir, but I have no idea what the bark looks like on fir.
     
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    I vote basswood. Ash second, but it does not look quite right.
     
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    Hmmm. I haven't seen the other types of Ash, but that doesn't look quite right for White Ash bark...and White is heavy. Green Ash maybe?
     
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    Basswood will have a white wood color, right? This doesn't look like Basswood to me but I have never cut a Basswood.
     
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    Green is almost identical to White,both in wood color,density etc.Bark varies a little,can be difficult to tell them apart sometimes.Lots of Green around here,planted for shade 20-40 yrs ago,to replace the massive old American Elms killed off by DED in the 60's & 70's.One out front next to street in front of sidewalk in that grassy area the city 'owns' yet I have to mow it...lol
     
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    The end grain sure looks like elm, but the bark and split looks like an ash. I'm leaning towards an ash species.
     
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    +1
    sassafras
     
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    Very tight grain and I have never cut one but Its Oak and probally Chestnut Oak.
     
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    My neighbor camped with his family on Cape Cod one summer, and he did mention Sassafras growing in the campsite area.

    Yeah, not basswood, grain is not right.
     
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    Huh. The BTU lists I've seen generally have White at 23.6 or 24M, and the Green around 20...about like Black Cherry...
    Wood is lighter-colored than Sass I've seen here. Sass would also smell like a Halls Mentho-Lyptus, so the OP can rule it in or out pretty easily...
     
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    Just curious, what does OP stand for
     
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    OP orignal post
    Green Ash
     
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    I believe it IS some sort of Ash and here's why; look at picture 8/9, that's 8 of 9, the one that shows the end cut, blow it up and use the little magnifying tool and you will see in the center of the cutside there is a small little hole; I don't know if any other trees have this hole in the center but I've always found it in Ash.

    Bruce, you are going to cause a rumble here soon with all these ID's! :p

    DON'T FORGET to tell us what your friend decides that other one is, Tulip Poplar, Hickory, Maple or whatever-we need to get a "final answer" on that one!
     
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    Definitly does not smell like mentho lyptus.
     
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