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Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by jeffesonm, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. jeffesonm

    jeffesonm Feeling the Heat

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    I've been cutting up a handful of oak trees that came down during Sandy. I didn't look too hard at this one just figuring it was another oak, but when I picked up a round, I noticed it wasn't as heavy as oak would be.

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    Splits nice and straight. Ideas?

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  2. nrford

    nrford Minister of Fire

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    Ash Final Answer.
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  3. Thistle

    Thistle Minister of Fire

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    Some kind of Ash. Great burning with lower moisture content than most other woods.Dries much faster than any of the Oaks.
  4. jeffesonm

    jeffesonm Feeling the Heat

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    That would be nice! Was worried it might be a poplar or some junk. I am drowning in oak here which will be great in 2-3 years but doesn't help me next year.
  5. Applesister

    Applesister Minister of Fire

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    Im gonna take a wild stab out in left field here and say cottonwood. Or big toothed aspen. My brother in law just cut one down. I have a lot of pics if I could just get them from my phone to here. The deep furrows of the bark and the size. I counted over 200 growth rings in mine. Also the inner bark ring was a soft camel hair color.
    Better if it was Ash but you have some really nice straight wood. Bring the splits in by the fire if they dry out rather light its not Ash. Ash stays heavy.
    I say burn it either way.
  6. blujacket

    blujacket Minister of Fire

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    Ash
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  7. swagler85

    swagler85 Minister of Fire

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    Tapatalk is an app that will allow you to post pics and browse forums much easier.
  8. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Sure looks like ash.
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  9. Ralphie Boy

    Ralphie Boy Minister of Fire

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    Ash... good stuff. Load your stove with couple of pieces of well seasoned ash and a couple pieces of well seasoned black locust or white oak and you'll be running around your house in your undershorts!:eek:
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  10. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Good for you as the ash could be burned next year if needed.
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  11. ScotO

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    Thats a mighty fine ash you got there, Jeffesonm! (get your mind out of the gutter) Great stuff, split it into medium sized splits (5"x5") ASAP, get it stacked in a windy location, and I'd be willing to bet it'll be ready by late fall 2013.......
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  12. PA. Woodsman

    PA. Woodsman Minister of Fire

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    It's Ash; magnify the pictures and you'll notice in the center of the cut sides a round pinhole, the tell-tale sign of Ash.

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