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Wood ID for a Noob

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Therivermonster, Dec 11, 2013.

  1. Therivermonster

    Therivermonster Member

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    Hello everyone!

    I have been lurking on the forum for some time now, but have just recently started to put a wood stack together in order to get ready for the 2014 burning season. We don't have a stove yet, but we plan to purchase a Fireview in the spring/summer of 2014. I can't wait!!

    Yesterday I picked up a car load of rounds. Can you tell me what they might be?

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    and some of these
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    Here is my Holz Hausen so far, and a little play house that I am making for my daughter.
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  2. Paulywalnut

    Paulywalnut Minister of Fire

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    Welcome! 1st pic looks like Beech or Birch. 2nd pic looks like Poplar. Looks like a greenish center to it.
    But.. What do I know.
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  3. Top is mountain ash and the bottom is poplar
  4. Applesister

    Applesister Minister of Fire

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    The green chlorophyll and the microcrystalline waxlike bark says some sort of aspen. But it doesnt look like Aspen. I know these trees have photosynthetic bark. And the waxy yeasty coating.
    There could be other trees the weed class that can have these traits.
    The botton might be a hawthorn or striped maple maybe....maybe.
  5. Applesister

    Applesister Minister of Fire

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    I dont see the lenticels that say Aspen...so sorry not sure.
  6. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Birch and not sure (something soft).

    Please be cautious with the play house. Drying wood can get pretty unstable.
  7. Applesister

    Applesister Minister of Fire

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    Birch? you mean like River birch?
    WA is Washington right?
  8. Therivermonster

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    WA is Washington. I'm south of Seattle by about 33 miles.
  9. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    It looks like the trunk section to a paper birch:
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  10. teutonicking

    teutonicking Feeling the Heat

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    Hate to rain on the parade but I agree with Jags. Wood piles can seem stable when green but when they dry the pieces lose a good percentage of their mass, change size and shift, and could all come down on a little one. I always tell my kids to avoid playing anywhere near my stacks.
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  11. Tell them also to make sure to wear their helmet when riding a bike too.
  12. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Not real sure how to take this, but folks that are just getting into stacking wood may be unaware of the shrinkage and stability issues associated to firewood stacks. We constantly hear of stacks tipping over or collapsing. I would hate to see a child be involved in such an incident considering it could consist of hundreds of pounds of wood.

    Just a public service message.
  13. kjahnz

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    that ash looks nothing like the ash in my area, I have no idea what the OP has, mine just looks different. the bark is very different. The cut end does look somewhat similar.
  14. Therivermonster

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    Thanks for the feedback on the playhouse everyone. I'll just put one together with good old dimensional lumber and nails.

    From the sounds of it, looks like I have some mystery wood here.
  15. nrford

    nrford Minister of Fire

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    I like the mountain ash call and the poplar/aspen call by pruning@trunk.
  16. Sorry it was more of a smart a$$ comment made in fun. Just tired of nanny state police.
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  17. I just took down a mountain ash--they look nothing like ash trees but that is what the tree it. It splits easy and ok for heat. Free wood is good wood. Pick up more of it if you can
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    nrford Minister of Fire

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    That's because they are not really an Ash tree. ie. different species.
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    EatenByLimestone Minister of Fire

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    I'm glad you're going to rethink the play house. I used to work with a lady whose dog was killed when a stack fell on it. The dog was probably rooting for some animal, but it's not like a little one wouldn't be hitting the walls either.
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    Welcome to the forum Rivermonster.

    Mountain ash and popple (aspen).

    Congratulations on the new stove that is coming. You'll love it.
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    Popple in the poplar family?
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    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Yup. To us it is all popple.
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    IMAG0115.jpg I call this paper birch. IMAG0114.jpg And this river birch, . Could be wrong.
  24. Jags

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    I am not familiar with river birch so you stand every chance of being right.;)

    Edit: I have a common paper birch in the middle of my yard. I made the "birch" call based off of comparison to the trunk section of that tree. It don't make it right - just a guess.
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    I'm thinking Ash for sure and a willow of some sort. I don't see any birch or poplar in that 2nd pic.

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