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Newby looking for wood ID

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by learnin to burn, Nov 23, 2008.

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  1. learnin to burn

    learnin to burn Feeling the Heat

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    Hi All,

    I've been lurking for a few weeks now getting to know the place and I must say it is an awesome site. I have some wood I was told was swamp (red) maple but it seems more like a soft wood. I truly don't have a clue. It burns real fast, is extremely light, (almost like balsa wood), and pops and sparks for a while when first put in the stove.
    I don't have a link for the pics but I did upload them. There are 3 different splits from the same hunk of wood.

    Thanks

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  2. johnsopi

    johnsopi Minister of Fire

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    Tulip Poplar
  3. JustWood

    JustWood Minister of Fire

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    YEP!
  4. learnin to burn

    learnin to burn Feeling the Heat

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    Thanks guys, I was thinking that based on some of the other id's.
  5. Cazimere

    Cazimere Member

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    Looks like Crack Willow to me : )
  6. savageactor7

    savageactor7 Minister of Fire

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    Bark looks like maple to me.
  7. ansehnlich1

    ansehnlich1 Minister of Fire

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    Yep, I'm going with Crack Willow, if not, then some other species of Willow, for sure.
  8. Bubbavh

    Bubbavh Feeling the Heat

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    Sweetgum!

    Do spikey balls fall from it?
  9. gyrfalcon

    gyrfalcon Minister of Fire

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    FWIW, your wood looks and behaves very much like a good deal of the c/d/s wood I have, but as far as my supplier (not a dealer, a local guy who knows his trees) told me, tulip poplar was not in the mix. He did include a lot of what we call "soft maple," which around here basically means red maple, and as far as I can tell, there's nothing else in my supply that could be it except for the stuff that looks like yours.
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