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Tree id, please

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Pascale, Mar 30, 2013.

  1. Pascale

    Pascale New Member

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    Hello,

    Here's a tree I'd like to cut and split but don't know what it is and if it's worth the effort or not.

    It's in Quebec city, Canada, if it helps.

    Thanks

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  2. Woody Stover

    Woody Stover Minister of Fire

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    Is that two different trees? Second pic, the bark looks kinda like Ash, but the lighter sapwood doesn't look like the White Ash I cut here. Maybe Green, or one of the other Ashes?
  3. Pascale

    Pascale New Member

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    No, same tree.
  4. Pascale

    Pascale New Member

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    Here's another pic

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  5. Applesister

    Applesister Minister of Fire

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    I would take the wood. Dont know what it is but it doesnt look like willow or boxelder. The long logs look like ash but dont know if it grows in northernmost zones. The other butt end doesnt really look like Aspen either. But I would take them anyway.
    Just be careful looks like kind of a drop there.
  6. Woody Stover

    Woody Stover Minister of Fire

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    The range of Black Ash goes further into Canadia, Green has "reddish inner bark," and a widespread range. My guess is Black...
  7. Jon1270

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    Wow, that's weird. The bark in the 2 pics looks completely different.

    I don't know what it is, but it looks worthwhile to me. The end grain cut cleanly, so it's reasonably dense unless your chain is sharpened like a razor. Unless it's difficult to split, I'd take it.
  8. Woody Stover

    Woody Stover Minister of Fire

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    Black is medium BTU, about like soft Maple. I would grab it. Hopefully, it dries quickly like White does.
  9. Woody Stover

    Woody Stover Minister of Fire

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    Black bark: "gray, corky, fissured into soft, scaly plates that rub off easily."
  10. Pascale

    Pascale New Member

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    You know what, it could be two different trees. Here's the story...

    The lot where the logs are belongs to CN railways. Tree (trees?) were cut this winter probably because they were a danger to surrounding houses. Could be two different trees: one very big and the one that is a close-up could be a smaller tree that they cut at the same time.
  11. Woody Stover

    Woody Stover Minister of Fire

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    I see the big stump. Is there another stump? Is that a stump in the left lower side of the pic?
  12. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Looks like the ash that we cut here. Get as much as you can. Great firewood.
  13. Woody Stover

    Woody Stover Minister of Fire

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    The wood in the first pic looks like Ash, the bark in second looks like Ash, and the bark and wood in the third pic look like Ash. I'm thinking that what you have there must be Ash and if it was me, I'd go back over there and scarf it up. Show us the pics when it's split and stacked. >>
  14. Woody Stover

    Woody Stover Minister of Fire

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    Yeah, I see that White Ash range extends up into Canada as well. What about that bark in the first pic, though?
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    It does look like ash to me Woody. Look too at the difference in the color of the bark but even the ends look like ash.
  16. Woody Stover

    Woody Stover Minister of Fire

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    Yeah, I saw that too. The thickness and color looks like the bark in the second and third pic, but I don't recall ever seeing that wide, scaly bark on my White...
    Nevertheless, I agree, he should get it! :)
  17. Pascale

    Pascale New Member

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    Thanks all,

    I'm going to pick it up!
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  18. Woody Stover

    Woody Stover Minister of Fire

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    See ya later! :cool:
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    Green Ash. It is not Black Ash I can assure you of that.
  20. Pascale

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    Hello everybody.

    Here are a few pictures of the green ash that I picked up for free yesterday. There's about 5 times as much left (don't worry, I'll pick it up!).

    I'm curious: how much wood would you say I've picked up, from what you see on the 3rd and 4th pictures? Half a cord? Less? More? Cut in 16 inches.

    The tree was cut by Hydro Quebec in February. Do you think it could be ready by next October? The place where it stands right now is by the river so it's windy and it gets really hot there (sits in full sun from 10 to 5 pm everyday).

    If I split it ASAP I guess it would help a lot?

    Thanks

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  21. TimJ

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    Get the other 5 loads and you will be close to a cord total
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    Split it and maybe it will be ready. I hear people say Ash is a quick curing wood, but I can't say that is my experience. I mm'd ash that was split and stacked for 6 months and it was at 26%, to the best of my recollection. That is not too good. Ash burns great though. CSS and by the time you are needing good wood, it will be at least ok.
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    Thanks for posting the Green Ash pics, I've been curious about it. Rarer than Black, and the bark is a little different, heartwood darker, than the White I cut here. I think it's less dense than White, so maybe it will dry even faster? With live wood, having it dry by fall may be tough, however. Split kinda small and hope for the best.
    Maybe 1/3 cord or less in the pics.
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    People say a lot of things about ash that is not true. Especially those who say you can burn it right away. Well, some do, but that does not make it right. Some of us like to burn good fuel in our vehicles and our wood stoves.

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