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Wood ID

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Thor, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. Thor

    Thor New Member

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    Any Idea what this is. About two feet at base . Thanks everyone.


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  2. Ralphie Boy

    Ralphie Boy Minister of Fire

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    That's Hackberry. Nothing else has bark like that. There's some good heat in that wood. I've been getting some good all nighters with it the last few nights. Enjoy!;)
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  3. chvymn99

    chvymn99 Minister of Fire

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    yep, will second that. Hackberry is some very decent wood, CSS it & it will be ready for fall in the right conditions
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  4. Thor

    Thor New Member

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    Will it be good two years from now ? will be mixing with locust and ash for the winter starting the fall of 2014. Cut this morning and just got done splitting it. Still got another load of the bigger pieces to pick up
  5. chvymn99

    chvymn99 Minister of Fire

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    oh, yea...it will be just fine.
  6. Ralphie Boy

    Ralphie Boy Minister of Fire

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    Naw, it won't be good in 2 years. It'll be close to great!:)
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  7. Wood Duck

    Wood Duck Minister of Fire

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    We don't have much Hackberry here in my part of central PA so i have never burned any, but I do know what it looks like. It looks like the wood in your pics.
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  8. Woody Stover

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    I'm seeing 20.8 Mbtu/cord, a little better than Cherry...
    I haven't dried any yet myself but I think the starting moisture content is supposed to be pretty low. If that is indeed the case, it's conceivable that it could by dry by next season if not split too big... Not sure about any of this, though. Maybe you can check it out and report back this fall... ==c
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    Jon1270 Minister of Fire

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    This is a well-timed post for me. I saw a small tree with bark like that in a city park yesterday, and had no idea what it might be. Thanks!
  10. Thistle

    Thistle Minister of Fire

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    Definitely Hackberry.Dont have but a few smaller-medium sized trees scattered around here.Burned a little of it in the past,similar to Ash & Elm,not bad stuff.Splits much easier than Elm too,grain & color can look similar at times.
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  11. Ralphie Boy

    Ralphie Boy Minister of Fire

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    Hey Woody, what chart do you use? I've got one that says Hackberry at the same as you posted and I've a couple more that put it slightly higher at 21.2 per cord? Them things seem to be all over the place whith numbers. I guess it must depend on the moisture content of the wood when tested and maybe the way or the device in which it was burned????:confused:
  12. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

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    Yup, that's hackberry for sure. Wood is almost pure white with very little grain pattern...and a little dab of color in the center.

    It's a little stringy to split, but will be some pretty not bad firewood.
  13. Woody Stover

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    I just google 'hackberry btu' for example, then look at a few different pages. Yeah, I don't know where they come up with the numbers...some are downright wacky! I try to compare their numbers to my own experience with different woods. My experience is limited; I used to burn dripping wet Red Oak exclusively until I started coming here and decided that the benefits of dry wood trumped my natural inclination to stall, then split new wood when I was down to three splits left. ;lol

    I like the list I posted in the sticky link, david darling. Has lots of species and the ratings seem in line with quite a few other lists.

    Have you dried much Hack? Is it a fast dryer? I have some that I could grab, damaged trees and such. I need quick-drying stuff at this point to stay ahead of the game. I split some of my Oak too big, so looking at three years there...
  14. lukem

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    It dries pretty fast. Would be more than fine for next year if you cut/split now...in my experience.
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  15. Ralphie Boy

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    Woody, Lukem is correct. To be sure, split it on the smaller than usual side and increase the size of your splits for use later next winter. Hackberry is great by used alone and it's also a great "mixer" for oak and locust.;)
  16. ScotO

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    Smooth grey bark with warty protrusions everywhere = hackberry without a doubt. I have seen it here before albeit rarely, but never burned it.......according to the BTU/density charts its a decent wood. Get all you can, get 'erthe split and stacked off the ground, and wait........

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