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Wood ID? Wintergreen smell.

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by fishingpol, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. fishingpol

    fishingpol Minister of Fire

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    I came across this split in the stacks. I cut it down to fit in the stove. It smells like wintergreen, has a very tight grain, almost looks like locust on the end grain. The bark is reddish with small pimples in this piece, but heavier bark. I keep thinking hickory, but it smells like a breath mint not barbeque.

    Any ideas? Thanks.

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  2. PA. Woodsman

    PA. Woodsman Minister of Fire

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    Black Birch. Very good fuelwood....
  3. fishingpol

    fishingpol Minister of Fire

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    Really? Wow. I did not think birch had this kind of density. Looks much like locust, except not as green/yellow in the grain. Smells fine though. Nice grain too.

    Thanks Woodsman.
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  4. PA. Woodsman

    PA. Woodsman Minister of Fire

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    It's good stuff, better than the Paper Birch for sure. It burns just a tad on the fast side but not bad at all and throws great heat. Around here we call it "Cherry" Birch 'cause it also has some of the look of Cherry wood. I'm sure that you'll like it...

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