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Sorta scrounge...Maple

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Skier76, Oct 15, 2009.

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  1. Skier76

    Skier76 Minister of Fire

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    Pics because it did happen.

    Long story short, my brother inlaw and sister inlaw had a maple cut down about a year ago. We weren't burning at the time, or else I would have been all over that "Tell them to leave the tree there! LEAVE THE TREEE!!!!!!1111111oneoneoneone"

    My brother inlaw had saved some chunks to burn in their fire pit for the upcoming summer. Well, they had 2 or 3 fires. So he asked me if I wanted the wood he had left. Sure! I got a decent haul; hard to say how much. But as a weekend burner, I'm sure this will last me awhile.

    I'm not sure what type of maple this is. Can you tell from the pics?

    The wood was cut a year ago. However, it was split a few months ago. Think it'll be ready to burn in another month or so?

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  2. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    sugar maple
  3. peterc38

    peterc38 Feeling the Heat

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    +1 sugar maple, my favorite!
  4. Danno77

    Danno77 Minister of Fire

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    Sugar maple is my favorite tree in the world. Not firewood, I mean actual tree. They are the most beautiful, IMO. I only mention this because it reminded me that it's time for our yearly "Timber Pics" that get put on the Christmas cards we send out.
  5. Skier76

    Skier76 Minister of Fire

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    It was a really nice tree in front of their house. The trunk came up, then forked into two. Well, it cracked at the fork; so it had to come down.
  6. CowboyAndy

    CowboyAndy New Member

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    it is 100% sugar maple, we burn alot of it.


    when you say split a few months ago, how many? i cut and split about 3 cords of it in march and april, and its borderline now. its hovering at 21-22%, but they are rather large splits. you might be okay...
  7. Skier76

    Skier76 Minister of Fire

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    Probably back in July or August?

    I should probably get a moisture meter and get the low down.
  8. CowboyAndy

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    you might be okay considering it was cut a year ago, but it may be questionable. get a moisture meter, take a few splits and split them in half and test. the outer parts may read okay, but might still be somewhat wet on the inside.
  9. Skier76

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    I'll bring a split or two this weekend. If it drops the stove temp....I'll know it's too wet.
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    Knock two pieces together and if they seem light when you pick them up and they make a nice hollow sound and not a thud then they are close to being ready.
    Remember the 2 rules.
    Rule#1. No wet wood in the Temple
    Rule#2. Don't forget Rule#1
  11. Skier76

    Skier76 Minister of Fire

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    LOL! I'll keep you guys posted.
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