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What Kind Of Maple Is It? Picture Update

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Todd, Apr 29, 2009.

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  1. Todd

    Todd Minister of Fire

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    Free score courtesy of the city. It kind a looks like Silver Maple to me, but it doesn't have that scaly peel away bark like the Silver Maple I've seen before. What do you guys think?

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  2. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    silver
  3. gpcollen1

    gpcollen1 Minister of Fire

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    You have to remember that oftentimes the bark on a tree looks very different from young to medium sized tree to older and larger tree.
  4. Todd

    Todd Minister of Fire

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    Good point, this was definitely an older tree. I left what looked like the two sections of the trunk, they were over 3' diameter and 10' long. The bark still looks a little different than similar sized Silver Maples throughout my city and the color of the wood seems darker too. What ever it is it's going in the stove.
  5. Henz

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    I would say silver as well. Its not a red maple like I hav alot of...Same density though
  6. Hurricane

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    I would say it is definitely the burning kind
  7. KarlP

    KarlP Feeling the Heat

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    I vote silver as well.
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    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Looks like the silver that we have around here Todd.
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    Not sure what it is, but it's not Pine. Rick
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    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Ya can't burn that stuff anyways.....Jeesh! %-P
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    Actually, I can't not burn it. :lol: Rick
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    I burned silver maple last year that looks just like that picture. I like to use this site when I want to know what it is http://www.oplin.org/tree/
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    Needs_a_little_splitting maple.
  14. smokinj

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    we only cut 20+cords of it in the last 6 months
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    Mmaul Minister of Fire

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    Is that why I see it in my sleep.
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    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    Yep if i never see another one it will be to soon!
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    OK I got around to splitting some of this stuff and it doesn't split like any Maple I've split before. It shreads apart and has a twisty grain like some kind of Elm but it's really light weight and still wet. My little 8 ton splitter was groaning and many rounds got stuck in the wedge. I posted this over at the Arborsite and most think it's Basswood, but I'm not so sure,the Basswood I see around here has very thick grooved bark.

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  18. KarlP

    KarlP Feeling the Heat

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    I still think its silver maple. I've had some limbs growing under a lot of tension/compression split like that.
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    The bark looks like silver maple to me. Basswood doesn't get stringy like that when split. Color isn't quite right either.
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    Its btus!!!
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    I have had split silver maple that ended up looking just like that. ;-)
  22. Rob From Wisconsin

    Rob From Wisconsin Minister of Fire

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    Does the wood have a strong smell to it??
    Did you get it from a swampy/moist area??
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    +1 silver maple hart wood can get quite stringy we use hachets with a log splitter to keep moving quikly
  24. Todd

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    No smell, it was retrieved from the local city recycle area. The bark just doesn't look the same as the other Silver Maples I see all over here. It's going in the stove no matter what, but it just bugs me not knowing exactly what it is.
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