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Oak smells like POO

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Big Donnie Brasco, May 25, 2013.

  1. Shane N

    Shane N Feeling the Heat

    Oct 16, 2012
    West Central MN
    Reading the first few responses made me think I was the only odd one that loves the smell of freshly cut/split red oak. Glad to know I'm not the only one with great tastes (smells?).
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  2. StihlHead

    StihlHead Guest

    Not unlike eating asparagus and then peeing. Though that is a weird combination of genetic factors. Only certain people with a specific gene can break down asparagus into their smelly components. On top of that, only those with another specific gene can smell the results of that chemical breakdown. What's more, they are separate genetic aspects, and the two "abilities" aren't always present or lacking in one person. Some can make it, but not smell it, some can make it and smell it (like me), some do not make it and still smell it (in SOs I presume), and some can do neither and wonder what the fuss is about.
  3. StihlHead

    StihlHead Guest

    I love the smell of red oak in the morning.

    It smells like victory...
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  4. Isaac Carlson

    Isaac Carlson Member

    Nov 19, 2012
    I did not read every response, so no flaming. Here is my 2 cents.

    Oak can have a fungus or bacteria in it that smells like poo. It is called "piss oak". There is also "piss elm". There are varying degrees of stink-ness. I take a very good whiff after felling just so I know if I should store it inside or out. Clean, healthy oak smells great. I LOVE the smell of good oak. I have also had REALLY BAD piss oak. Had to burn the whole tree outside in a bonfire because it was so bad, and I don't waste wood! It smelled like raccoon crap and dog pee mixed with something nasty. BAD. I try not to mess with the bad stuff, but if it is tolerable, I keep it.

    I hope this helps you guys out. It is not "bad" oak, but it does smell bad.

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