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Wood Id please

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by bsa0021, Mar 25, 2009.

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  1. bsa0021

    bsa0021 Feeling the Heat

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    I cut up this fallen tree in my yard yesterday and it was the most unusual wood I've seen. When first split, the inside
    color varies from white, redish to brown in the center. splitting was tough even w/a gas splitter....very stringy. After sitting in the sun
    the wood inside turned more consistent in color (whitish/brown).
    I don't remember what the leaves look like, but the tree had a white fluffy hanging growth. almost like cotton.

    Thanks!

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  2. jpl1nh

    jpl1nh Minister of Fire

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    Looks a lot like poplar but that whouldn't be hard to split.
  3. struggle

    struggle Minister of Fire

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    sure looks like cottonwood to me. Did the fluffy stuff blow all over off the tree that was like cotton. If so then cottonwood.
  4. fugazi42

    fugazi42 New Member

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    Yup- I think that's Cottonwood, Populus deltoides. I usually use the bark to ID cottonwood. There is a big difference between deeply rutted bark on the larger sections, and the smooth, often lighter color bark on the smaller wood. You can see the difference clearly in pic #2. Here's some more information on cottonwood http://www.cirrusimage.com/tree_cottonwood.htm

    Josh
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    RAY_PA Feeling the Heat

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    no doubt, cottonwood...it will burn hot and FAST
  6. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    same here cottonwood
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    Corey Minister of Fire

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    Yep - based on your description and pics, I'd go with cottonwood as well. Once that stuff dries out, cover your pile up, or the logs might blow away in a strong wind :)
  8. bsa0021

    bsa0021 Feeling the Heat

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    Thanks! That makes sense since the white stuff looked like cotton. I didn't think cottonwood would be that knarly to split being a softwood. It also smells like manure after splitting.
  9. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    Thats cottonwood smells like crap
  10. struggle

    struggle Minister of Fire

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    I have split long dead standing cottonwood out where I get wood from and the stuff that has been standing a for a long time with no bark on it is absolutely terribly tough to split with a log splitter.
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