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maple ??

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by d.braun28@yahoo.com, Mar 30, 2009.

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  1. d.braun28@yahoo.com

    d.braun28@yahoo.com New Member

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    I have 4 tree's about 24in trunk to cut. I think it's soft maple. What do the experts say???

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  2. JustWood

    JustWood Minister of Fire

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    I say you're right.
  3. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    2nd that
  4. Todd

    Todd Minister of Fire

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    Looks like Silver Maple.
  5. d.braun28@yahoo.com

    d.braun28@yahoo.com New Member

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    will it make decent heat ?
    I think I should end up with about 4 cords of it
    So far this month I have cut 1.5 cords of Elm
    .5 cords of apple , .5 Locust and .5 Oak and .5 cords of Walnut
    Trying to get 2 years ahead is more work than I was hoping it would be
  6. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa Minister of Fire

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    Silver Maple is between Aspen and Ash on the BTU scale.
  7. Backroads

    Backroads Feeling the Heat

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    I split some of the same stuff this weekend by hand, it's a breeze.
  8. ikessky

    ikessky Minister of Fire

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    The bark looks a little rougher than the soft maple we have around here.
  9. EatenByLimestone

    EatenByLimestone Minister of Fire

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    Split it and burn it. I'll do just fine.

    Matt
  10. clearblue16

    clearblue16 New Member

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    i love maple!
  11. Risser09

    Risser09 New Member

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    Easy on the saw, not very heavy, splits easy, dries fast, burns nice (but quick), throws some decent heat.

    Not many coals at all =-(

    Definitely worth mixing into the wood pile.
  12. Wet1

    Wet1 Minister of Fire

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    Yes, soft maple.
  13. pulldownclaw

    pulldownclaw Feeling the Heat

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    I've been splitting some red maple by hand and it's sweet, makes you feel like Paul Bunyan while splitting it. Wish I had more of it so I could let the oak I have season longer.....
  14. Wood Duck

    Wood Duck Minister of Fire

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    It looks like some of the Red Maple I have here. The straight pieces split easily. Knotty rounds and Ys can be tough to split by hand.
  15. d.braun28@yahoo.com

    d.braun28@yahoo.com New Member

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    the maul was bouncing off the 24 in Dia trunk pieces. I will take another wack at them when I go back if not I will roll them onto the trailer. I may have been weak from cutting the first 2 trees in under 3 hours
  16. pulldownclaw

    pulldownclaw Feeling the Heat

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    Try working around on the edges at a sharp angle to whittle it down rather than trying to split the big stuff right in half, it flies off in wide planks. Rolling them onto the trailer and working on them back home sounds like the best bet tho.
  17. HittinSteel

    HittinSteel Minister of Fire

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    I just got a load of maple that looks similar to that stuff.....very heavy and won't split with a maul. I call it mystery maple because it is not norway, sugar, red or silver.
  18. d.braun28@yahoo.com

    d.braun28@yahoo.com New Member

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    I think I am going to roll um on the trailer and then roll them under the splitter. That's what my back is telling me to do
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