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Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Jdog, Dec 6, 2013.

  1. Jdog

    Jdog Member

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    I was coming home from work seen a big tree taken down by tree service stoped at owners house ask what he was going to do with it he said u want it take it. He said it's all maple. It's about 60ft tall and 7-9ft around is maple a good burning wood? Got a splitter lined up and going to start getting it soon as it stops raining. How long does it take to season. A lot of the tree is hollow in the center does that mean it's dead?

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  2. smoke eater

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    MAPLE IS GOOD. THERE ARE DIFFERENT TYPES, BUT I THINK ALL ARE GOOD. WATCH OUT FOR ANY PIECES THAT ARE NEAR THE HOLLOW PART. COULD MEAN IT MIGHT BE STARTING TO ROT OR MAYBE HAS ANTS. LOOK CLOSELY BEFORE YOU START WHACKIN IT. I TOOK A SUGAR OR SILVER MAPLE DOWN YEARS AGO THAT WAS HOLLOW IN THE MIDDLE. IT WAS HUGE AND VERY TOUGH TO SPLIT. VERY CURLY AND LOTS OF KNOTS. IT BURNED NICE AROUND 3 YEARS LATER. HAD ANTS, TOO. THEY WERE LONG GONE THOUGH AFTER 3 YEARS. GOOD LUCK. YOU GETTING THAT ICE STORM?
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    The type of maple makes a large difference in its quality. Sugar maple is outstanding. Silver maple is a lesser wood. It all burns. By the size described I would guess you have one of the softer maples there.
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    No we arnt getting it yet said it could hit tonight is it bad there? I'll post a pic of it when i start maybe you guys can tell what kind it is.
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    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Most will let maple dry for a year after being split. I would not worry much about the hollowed out tree. Yes, look for ants but you can get rid of those easy.
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    A really really big maple is most likely a Silver Maple. sugar Maples can also get large, and so can Red Maple sometimes, but Silver Maple get larger faster than others. Silver is a medium density wood. Very good firewood in my opinion, because it has a nice combination of seasoning reasonably fast plus burning reasonably long and hot. Red Maple is similar to Silver, perhaps a bit more dense. Sugar Maple is very dense, almost like oak.

    No matter what type of maple it is, maple is worth the trouble.
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  7. smoke eater

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    WE'VE BEEN GETTING A COLD DRIZZLE THE LAST 2 DAYS. TONIGHT ITS CHANGING TO ICE, THEN SOME SNOW. NOT AS BAD AS SOME ARE GETTING. THANK GOD WE HAVE NO PLANS TO TRAVEL TONIGHT OR TOMORROW MORNING. MIGHT GO OUT HUNTING TOMORROW MORNING, THOUGH.
  8. Jdog

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    Well had to hold off cutting today darn rain hopefully tomarrow wanna get it split and start drying already. Yea I'm taking my son out in the morning he's 10 shot his first buck with his bow in October.
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    THATS AWESOME. GREAT FOR YOU AND YOUR SON. MY DAUGHTERS ARE 8 N 10. SOON, VERY SOON...
  10. PapaDave

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    Jdog, any Maple is good. As has been said, soft Maple will dry in a year in the right conditions. I'm burning some right now from last Oct.-Nov.
    Most has no sizzle.
    Go get it. Pics please.
    Put on a raincoat.==c
  11. Jdog

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    I went and cut a truck load of rounds last night got me a new huskie 28ton splitter and had planned on waking up this morning and splitting it all got up at 530 and when I got out of the shower we have 3 inches of snow bam like that sucks!! But I'll get a pic of what I got here in a min and post it so u guys can tell me what kind maple it is.
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  12. JayD

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    I started burning red & silver this year, I like so far. Last 4-5 yrs were all ash. I don't burn oak, No room to store it for 2.5 yrs. Jay

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