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What Kind of Wood is This?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by JotulOwner, Sep 6, 2009.

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  1. JotulOwner

    JotulOwner Feeling the Heat

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    I have quite a bit of this wood, but I am not sure what it is.

    Someone told me it's Ash, but I checked a book I have and it looks like Beech.

    The book also says that Beech is one of the "finest fuel woods", but it is difficult to dry, split or machine because of it's interlocking grain.

    I would like to know if this is Beech (or what it is if it isn't Beech). How quickly does this wood season (over a year like Oak)?

    Thanks

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  2. branchburner

    branchburner Minister of Fire

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    Not ash. Could be beech, appears more like maple to me. Either way, split and stacked now can burn 2010/11. (sooner than oak, which wants another year +)
  3. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    thats a limb of a silver maple
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    gzecc Minister of Fire

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    Hard to tell from one piece. Do you have a piece of the trunk?
  5. JotulOwner

    JotulOwner Feeling the Heat

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    The split wood in my photo looks like Maple to me, but the bark doesn't look like Silver Maple in the book I have (Identifying Trees by Michael Williams). The bark looks to me like Beech when comparing the book photo with the bark on the wood I have.

    It's all split into pieces like the ones in the photo I posted so I can't show the whole trunk.
  6. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    if you where looking at the trunk that would be right but thats a limb
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    gzecc Minister of Fire

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    If you have the whole tree and all the bark looks like the one in the picture, I vote for beech. But could be silver maple.
  8. JotulOwner

    JotulOwner Feeling the Heat

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    I have about 3/4 cord of this and the bark is the same on all of it from what I can tell.
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    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    3/4 cord wouldnt get you into the trunk of a large silver i have been wrong before. have done over 50 cords of silver maple wouldnt bet the farm on it, but sure would the truck. (its a 93 s-10 lol)
  10. JotulOwner

    JotulOwner Feeling the Heat

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    I am not sure how much of the tree I have because it was a small pile of rounds. I thought some of the rounds were 12" or more (before the guy I bought them from split them for me), but I am not sure. You may be right. I was looking at the pics in the book, but they show mostly trunks. If what I have is from limbs instead of the trunk, it could be Silver Maple. I looked at a picture of the trunk of a small Red Maple in the book and it also looks a lot like what I have. I guess there is no real way to be sure. Anyway, Maple is good wood.
  11. ikessky

    ikessky Minister of Fire

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    My first thought was soft maple
  12. JoeyD

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    My first thought was red oak. Sometimes the limbs are smooth. But I seem to be in the minority here.
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    Looks like Maple to me too...should split pretty easy. Huh?
  14. JustWood

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    I need a closer pic,,,, my eyes are glazed over with Keystone! :roll:
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    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    lol i still trust your judgment.
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    Silver maple splits pretty easy and the grain your pieces show does not look like it is "interlocked". We have a silver maple in our front yard that is in excess of 60 years old and the bark on the branches lool a lot like the pictures you show. My neighbor has several beech and the bark does not match well with your pictures even thought there are some similarities. Silver maple is not bad but beech is better firewood.
  17. Wood Pirate

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    I burn alot of maple from my property and it looks exactly like that. Do you have any leaves?
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    My vote is also for some kind of Maple. The smooth bark and uniform white wood look just like the kind we have growing locally here. The main trunks eventually get some texture to the bark, but it stays smooth for a very long time. The branches are always smooth. That looks like a smaller branch. Or trunk.
  19. Hurricane

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    I vote for maple. I have a few big and small beech trees on my property and they are different. Either way it looks like firewood to me.
  20. Ratman

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    My mouth is watering just looking at that Beech.
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