Tree ID please

ampamp Posted By ampamp, Jun 17, 2013 at 1:41 PM

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  1. ampamp

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    Found a bunch of this where I've been cutting lately. It was knocked down due to some heavy storms and was curious if anybody knew what it was. Thanks. Everybody is very helpful.
     

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  2. zzr7ky

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    Looks like Poplar. I pass on it if anything better is available.
     
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  3. bogydave

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    One of the poplars
    Not worth a lot of effort, lower BTU wood; but that's relative.
    Got other wood, need some fast drying wood ...
     
  4. thewoodlands

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    It looks like the bigtooth aspen that comes down on our property. If it's in the way, I'll c/s/s it for shoulder season wood.
     
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  5. firefighterjake

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    As others have said . . . looks a lot like a poplar . . . not a highly desirable tree . . . but it makes an OK fire for the shoulder season.
     
  6. Backwoods Savage

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    Pure popple all the way. It is down, so why not cut it up. It will burn just not as long as some other woods. It will also dry quite fast.
     
  7. Applesister

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    It might be girly wood. lol. But no wood splits easier. I have an abundance of different aspens so I usually start the season with at least 1 cord of it. Its so easy to process, why pass it up?
     
  8. ampamp

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    I looked again and it's probably about a face or so on the ground. The location is pretty easy to get to with an ATV as well.....so for the little bit there is and it being down.......I'll jump on it and take it. I have plenty of other non-girly wood to grab too....so that will make up for it! :)
     
  9. ampamp

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    So I cut it up yesterday. Here's another pic. You guys are sure it's poplar? I only ask because (and maybe this confirms it too) that the bottom of these trees were marked by loggers. The property was logged a few yrs ago and I've had the good fortune to grab firewood for a few seasons. It just through me off that a logger would want these. They were suppose to take them, but their contract ran out, so I've been able to pick up some crazy good firewood....ie. cherry, pignut hickory, oak......and this. Not that poplar is a great firewood, but it was fairly easy to get my hands on.
    I should have included another picture, but when some of the bark got scrapped off.....it was stringly and orange color like. I'm hoping that confirms the poplar id. I just like to know what I'm cutting. Thanks!
     

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  10. firefighterjake

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    I'm 99% positive this is poplar . . . based on the pics and the orange you saw . . . you can also rub the bark and sometimes it will feel a bit waxy, may have some powder come off (although these were cut a while ago, so maybe not) . . . lightly scrub the bark and you may also see a bit of green.

    At one time loggers wouldn't really do much with poplar . . . however technology has evolved so they can now use it for many wood products.

    And yeah . . . if it's there and easy . . . grab it. It may not be the primo wood, but in the Fall and Spring you can burn it instead of your primo wood . . . saving the good stuff for when you really need to go long and hot.
     
  11. Applesister

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    Exactly what FFJake said, Big Toothed Aspen. Populus grandinsomethingtoides...
    The orange pigment in the inner bark the orange blush on the outer bark and sometimes orange staining in the heartwood and knots are a signature characteristic.
    Loggers are under contract sometimes to take the lesser woods but they leave them behind.
     
  12. StihlHead

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    Loggers here will sometimes clear the last wood for pulp wood, and they take pretty much everything at that point.
     
  13. Backwoods Savage

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    Yes, I'm certain. It is not uncommon for loggers to cut some popple but that one is pretty small so I'm surprised they even marked it.
     
  14. Wood Duck

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    I agree with the others that it is poplar - Bigtooth Aspen to be specific. I think it is worth cutting up if it is easy to get to. It is great to process because it cuts and splits really easily. IF you have kids you want to teach how to split wood, Bigtooth Aspen would be a grat wood to start with.
     
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