Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Lowtech, Dec 25, 2012.
I'm new to this and not always sure what I've picked up. My guess on this load is red oak
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I would say so.
I can't see them in the pics, but Oak is the only wood which displays medullary rays, which can be easy, or difficult, to see on the end grain.
I think you're right. Could be Red Oak or maybe something related, like Pin Oak. I can't see the bark very clearly.
Looks to be red oak.
Cut Split & Stacked for 2+ years, it'll be good fire wood.
3 year in many areas
Awesome wood a few years from now.
Definitely one of the Red Oaks.Black,Pin,Northern Pin,Scarlet etc.
Love the aroma of red oak. Very distinctive. Great burning wood.
Pauly, many do not like it but I've never minded it. Pin oak is a bit stronger but I still don't mind.
I agree an oak for sure and I would say red. Splits easy and I also like the smell! Like Dennis said tho, give it 2 years or 3 is best.
Yep! Sure looks like red oak . If it smells like you stepped in something your dog left .... Definitely red oak .
Great stuff if you let it " season " for 3 years . I'm currently enjoying the heat from a stove full as I write this ..... It's worth the wait !
You are in for a treat in 3 years! I've got a load of 3 yr seasoned red oak in the stove that has been going for the past 3.5 hrs with the blower on high and the temp is still up over 450
As long as where talking seasoning. I may as well ask about some basic guide lines for seasoning times for some other woods, Ash, Maple, Poplar, cherry. Thats most of the types I've been picking up post Sandy along with some really to twisted to split Elm(?)
Most wood is serviceable after 1 full year, best after 2. Oak is stubborn to dry, so add a year to most wood.
Looks like Red Oak to me. Does it smell like cat piss?
LOL, looks a bit like some wood I split today that was really strong smelling and red inside. It's almost as if I can still smell it now in my nostrils. Not liking the smell, but in an odd way kinda want to ho back for more, it's intriguing stuff.
Bark had some reddish gold in it too, but not sure if that was natural or as a result of something that happened to the bark while it was lying around.
When it comes to time for drying, more is better!
Ash, can be ready in a year. Much better after 2 or 3 years.
Maple: Soft maple can be ready in 6 months. Hard maple after a year or two.
Poplar. A year and sometimes less.
Cherry. A year.
Elm. A year. Two is much better though.
I know exactly what you mean. The red oak smell does stay with you. You also don't forget that pungent aroma.
That is the most vibrant red I've ever seen in an Oak, the sapwood is uber white too.
Red Oak is the stankiest wood. akin to the smell of an unshowered bum on a street corner ...Nasty
White however I could sniff all day!
Not so. Medullary rays are visible in most woods; they're just bigger and more obvious in oak.
But yeah, it's red oak.
Edit: maybe I should qualify that. Rays are typically visible on cleanly cut end-grain, but may be totally obscured by the rough surface left by a chainsaw. Oak's rays are big enough to be visible regardless.
I sure don't understand why some people don't like the smell of oak? On second thought, I've worked at a WWTP ( aka sewage treatment plant) for 30 years and it smells like money to me!
I'll grab some popcorn and let the jokes begin.
I like the smell of White Oak,either green or dry.Red Oak is a whole nother matter.
Red oak has a distinct odor to it, but I don't find it offensive at all.
Red oak when green has more of a vomit smell. When it is damp or rainy you can get a whiff of it in the yard. Once it is seasoned it does not smell.
That is one way to tell if the oak is seasoned. Split a piece and smell it. You can get the aroma if it is not dry.
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