River Birch VS Black Birch

sledhead41 Posted By sledhead41, Jun 22, 2009 at 10:11 PM

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  1. sledhead41

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    I just scored 2 truck loads of Birch off craigs list. The fella said it was River Birch. The leaves say its Blach Birch. Trying to get pics.
     

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    sure looks like river birch
     
  3. Todd

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    I have heard Black Birch has a winter green/spearmint smell and taste under the bark or if you chew on a twig?
     
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  5. sledhead41

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    So,,,, you want me to chew on the bark. Ok I'll bite, no, wate maybe not. They all burn and Birch is a good day time burn.
     
  6. PA. Woodsman

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    It doesn't look like the Black Birch we have around here so I'd bet on River Birch.
     
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    Burns good at night to. Black Birch has more BTU per cord than Oak.
     
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    River Birch has light pink heartwood - a lighter shade than cherry. These logs don't seem to have that, so unless that color is washed out in the flashbulb, it isn't River Birch.
     
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    I am not sure I can tell from the bark in those pictures. Black Birch here can be pretty variable in how shaggy the bark is, and I have seen some that look like the wood in the pictures. Black Birch does have a distinct wintergeen smell. You will smell it while splitting, or chew on a small twig and you'll taste it. (you could merely scratch and sniff a small twig, but it would be more dramatic to chew it). Black Birch is a very high BTU wood. I'd guess River Birch is a lot closer to White or Paper Birch in BTU than to Black Birch.
     
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    Anyone call Black Birch "Cherry" Birch out your part of the state, Wood Duck? We do here...
     
  11. sledhead41

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    OK I did it, It don't taste minty, it tastes like Grass, Grassy. Smells like grass when twig is split
     
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    Finaly got around to spliting today. By far the stringingest wood I have ever split,. Had to fight it to the last 1/2 inch almost every piece. No minty smell, but will smell good in the woodstove!
     
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    Post a picture of the splits. I don't think its either.
     
  14. Wood Duck

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    I haven't heard anyone call Black birch 'Cherry Birch' here in western PA. I'll ask the local lumberjacks next time I run into them.

    If the wood doesn't smell like wintergreen, it isn't Black Birch, but it'll still be pretty good firewood.
     
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    Heres a pic of the splits. Some of the heart wood did have a pink color to it. The best thing is Craigslist topped it off with a truck load of Red Oak. YAA HOO done spliting for the year, have 2 years of wood split and stacked.
     

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    If its all the same tree, the paper flacking looking split is called river birch.
     
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