This ash???

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  1. SmokinPiney

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    A month or so ago we took down what i thought was an ash with a whole mess of oaks. And splittin it sure is a mess! Correct me if im wrong but i thought yall always said ash was a breeze to split? Or do i not have ash on my hands??


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    This stuff's stringy as sweet gum!
     
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    No, not Ash, Elm.
     
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    That split piece looks like elm to me, too
     
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    You've been elmed!!!! :lol: Pain to split but heats fine...
     
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    Hello all, I've been reading posts here for awhile and thought it was time to join in. Great pic, and I would say you have some hickory there. Have had to take down a few that were too close to the house, and your pic looks familiar. Great to burn and nice aroma.
     
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    The wood sure looks exactly like elm but I have never seen elm with bark like that.
     
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    Thats Hickory, my guess is young shagbark or from a shagbark crown. It gets twisted and stringy.
    Hickory can hybridize with each other making one sample of wood hard to identify by bark alone. Got any pics from the trunk, it will look totally different.


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    Here is what Pignut and shagbark trunks look like.

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    The Elm around here has bark that looks exactly like that. It is a very distinctive diamond stretch pattern.
     
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    LLigetfa, The elm here looks like that but the bark is yellowish.
     
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    Yes, the colour is off and the tree was long dead. Also, that picture must be of an overcast day. Look at the blueish hues in the background.
     
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    Yep,um hmmm ,dat looky like pig hickory to me!!!!!! :cheese:
     
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    Pig hickory eh? I didn't know we had that in this area.

    Just looked up pig hickory leaves and that's it!
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    Not fair. You didn't say you had a leaf sample. That one piece of wood you showed sure looked dead.
     
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    Pig nuts are much smaller than Shagbark. I burned a bunch of Pignut over the past couple years....although Shagbark is more dominant here in Northeast CT.
    Make sure you season that stuff good, split & stacked no less than 18 months and you will reap 100% of it's BTU's

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    Haha sorry LL! I assumed it was an ash because the leaves were similiar and i had no idea we had hickory in the area. That tree was standin among some oaks we took down and it was alive and well. I didn't see any of the "nuts" either. And that stuff is freakin dense! Compared to a white oak log of the exact size it had to weigh twice as much!
     
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    And that weight means to you that there is lots of heat in that wood once it is properly seasoned. Great find, even if it is a pain to split. Another reason I love my hydraulic splitter!
     
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