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Wood ID please! This stuff is like iron!

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by spunty9, Jul 9, 2012.

  1. spunty9

    spunty9 New Member

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    I recently acquired a bunch of mixed wood that was pre-cut, with no leaves on it. The first pic is the stuff that is really tough to split if the log is bigger than 8", and the second pic is of the same wood....after splitting it. The third is of another type of wood of which I do not know the species. I was lucky enough to score some oak as well...there were a few branches on those logs. Thanks for the help.

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  2. onetracker

    onetracker Minister of Fire

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    welcome to the forum -

    you've got cherry and what looks like ash. if you put your home region in your profile it gives us more clues to help with identification.

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  3. spunty9

    spunty9 New Member

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    Thanks onetracker, I just added info to my profile. I am in Michigan. What is the general consensus on cherry? Can I burn it in my fireplace insert without worry?
  4. amateur cutter

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    Welcome to Hearth.com. I predict you'll like it here.

    Dry you can burn anything without worry. Cherry is a very nice firewood that seasons fast, & gives decent heat. I mix it with oak or locust in cold weather, or burn it during the day when I'm in the shop to feed the furnace. Doesn't last as long as denser woods, but is still a very good fuel wood. Ash is great due to low MC & good btu's. If you're in lower MI get all the ash you can before it's gone. The Ash borer has killed most ash trees here, & they don't seem to last long as standing dead. A C
  5. swagler85

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    You must have got a knarly cherry, they are generally easy to split.
  6. Gark

    Gark Minister of Fire

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    Welcome to the forum. In November 2010 we got 3 cherry trees that had got their branches trimmed up several years before we took them down. Subsequent growth covered the branch stubs. They were real tough to split. Good firewood and it burns with a decent scent.
  7. ScotO

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    Cherry and ash for sure. Both great woods to burn, both give off great BTU's (right about the middle of the BTU spectrum), and both will season fairly quickly if you get them split and stacked. Welcome to the club!
  8. DexterDay

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    The ash I agree on... But that Cherry dont look like cherry. Looks like a Pine to me? Almost punky judging by the split pic??

    Cherry bark is darker and should split like butter?

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  9. woodsmaster

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    My first thought was pine for the left pic.
  10. ScotO

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    It does kinda look like red pine, but I'm stickin' with cherry, looks like the stuff I cut up locally here a few years back. Spunty, give those splits a sniff and see if it smells like pine. If it's cherry it won't smell like pine at all.
  11. DexterDay

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    I only know a few woods. But even a newb would be able to tell by touch and smell if its pine?? He will know for sure. Cherry smells great and Pine smells... Well, Like Pine ;)
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    golfandwoodnut Minister of Fire

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    Looks like cherry to me, you can see a bunch in my Holtz Hauzen. Usually is not that tough to split, but when you get to y's and knots and twists it can get tough.
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    Looks like cherry and ash to me. I always have an abundance of cherry and some has a rougher bark like that and some not so much but each look similar. I have seen some cherry that is a bit harder to split and it looks like you are splitting by hand.
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    Welcome
    Bark resembles pine but
    white sap wood & red interior with that bark, I vote cherry.
    2nd wood is ash.

    Both are good wood & will dry(season) pretty quick once split & stacked with good air circulation.
    Wood don't start to season well until split & stacked off the ground. ;)
    May be OK to burn this coming burn season, but 4 months of drying time is pretty short ;
    it will really burn better & put off lots of heat next year, (lots better with at least 1 year drying time ) ;)
  15. rdust

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    Cherry for sure, not sure on the "ash" though. You're in Michigan and that round looks way to healthy to be an ash round. What part of Michigan are you in, if you're more northern I guess there are still a few healthy ones around? Any of the ash I've cut in the last couple years has the bark falling off it once the chain bites into it. ;lol
  16. spunty9

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    Thanks everybody. Yeah, I know it isn't pine. As for the splitting.......It is tough. Maybe I just got too use to the ash? Thanks again. I'll post some more pics of the other stuff I have later.
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    I just cut an ash yesterday that has been dead for 5 years and still had the bark on it. It was starting to get punky
    at the bottom and snaped in the wind. Even after I cut it the bark is still on it. When I split it I'm sure most the bark will fall off. It was a tree in the woods so the shade is probably why it didn't fall off.
  18. PA. Woodsman

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    The first is Cherry no doubt. But I would like you to split the other wood and post a picture of it split-I have a funny feeling that it might be Maple rather than Ash....
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    Yep, cherry and ash, fellers.;)
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    Cherry all day everyday, and ash.
  21. spunty9

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    Sweet. I think the cherry tree must have been pretty big. Some of these logs are rather large.
  22. spunty9

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    Some of the other wood I got. Believe this is oak.....based on the limbs that were attached, and the leaves that were undeniably oak. What kind do you think it is?

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    Welcome to the forum spunty9.

    Cherry trees can be strange. One will give you logs that split easy and the next one will split hard. Either way, I like cherry. It is a bit below ash on the heat scale but still good. As for the ash, that amounts to about 90% of our firewood now and until we've cut all of it which will likely take a couple more years. It is nice to have some oak for the coldest part of winter but if not, I have no problem burning only ash.

    rdust stated that the bark falls off his ash. We've had some fall off but last winter there was not a lot that fell off even though these trees have been dead for some time. We did start to get a few that show some punk and have had only one fall over. That was punky at the bottom but the top seemed quite good. Tis okay, it will still burn.
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    Yeah this looks like Oak-now do me a favor-get that round in your first picture (the one most think is Ash) and whack that cat in half and post a picture of the grain....I need to satisfy my curiosity as I have a funny feeling that it is some sort of Maple not Ash.

    Go do it now son, PLEASE!! :eek:
  25. spunty9

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    Here it is P.A. woodsman.........I wish the cherry split so easy!

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