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Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by mikeb83, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. mikeb83

    mikeb83 New Member

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    I came across this wood, but I have no idea what it is can you guys please ID it for me?
    Thanks

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  2. gzecc

    gzecc Minister of Fire

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    No experience with it, but I think cottonwood.
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  3. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Looks like the bark on cottonwood.
  4. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Cottonwood was my first thought too. Heavy and wet when cut but dries fairly fast and loses a lot of weight. Good wood for spring and fall burning or even mixing in with other wood during winter.
  5. midwestcoast

    midwestcoast Minister of Fire

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    Agree it looks like Cottonwood. A close-up of the end grain would help confirm.
  6. Ralphie Boy

    Ralphie Boy Minister of Fire

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    one more vote for cottonwood.
  7. Applesister

    Applesister Minister of Fire

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    Its Chestnut Oak and Im 100% sure of it.
    This wood is lumped under the white oak group by sawmills. The bark is unmistakable but very similar to Cottonwood.
    It has characteristic horizontal cracks across the the very prominent ridges that would seperate it from the continuous ridges of cottonwood. Cottonwood also had an inner bark of light tan that runs about a half inch thick and is highly visible. Chestnut oak has very fine inner bark running about 1/16". The median rays extend out into the outer bark.
    I have a lot of these trees and I stack the wood with hickory and ironwood.
    You wont have to mix it with anything to get a hot fire. This is premium firewood.
    But the guys here all say you have a 2-3 year wait for the wood to fully season.
  8. midwestcoast

    midwestcoast Minister of Fire

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    This is exactly why I mentioned a pic of the end grain. I've never cut or burned Chestnut Oak but know they look similar. didn't want to tell the OP for sure he has Cottonwood & have him leave it to rot. It's worth some more digging.
    Lets see the end grain & split a couple pieces first.
  9. nrford

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    The wood is not an oak of any kind.
  10. Ralphie Boy

    Ralphie Boy Minister of Fire

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    Here is a picture of chestnut oak bark I found. maybe may be not; split them rounds and lets see their insides.:)Don't know where you are in New York state but chestnut oak has a limited range in the state. Mostly eastern and a small part of western New York state.

    chestnut oak.jpg

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  11. Ehouse

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    I'm gonna call White Pine just to make it a race. Bark's too dark and wood's too red for Cottonwood.
  12. ScotO

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    I don't see cottonwood there. and I really don't see chestnut oak (we call 'em rock oaks here in central PA). I wanna see a close-up of a split. Does it smell piney?

    Get out there and bust one into quarters.....now you got me curious.
  13. thewoodlands

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    It almost looks like the bigtooth aspen I've cut that mother nature put down.
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  14. mikeb83

    mikeb83 New Member

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    Thank you for the replies and sorry for the delay in getting back to you guys. In between work and fixing a water leak in my bathroom I had no time. I took another picture of the wood this time I split it in half. The wood is more of a ivory color if that helps.

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  15. TimJ

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    The bark could be somewhat similar to black gum
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  17. shoot-straight

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    i agree the bark looks deadeye for chestnut oak. i have cut and burned alot of it. however, the wood looks completely wrong. looks like a much quicker growing, lighter wood. most oaks have a distinct heartwood that is darker than the sapwood. i see no indication of that here.
  18. Shane N

    Shane N Feeling the Heat

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    Then what is it?? Don't leave us hanging without a guess! :)
  19. schlot

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    That split doesn't look like my cottonwood.
  20. Ralphie Boy

    Ralphie Boy Minister of Fire

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    Some one said white pine. So here ya go. White pine looks closest to your rounds and the range is correct so maybe. Blackgum has a limited range in New York.;)

    white pine.jpg white pine map.jpg White Pine range

    blackgum map.jpg Blackgum range
  21. BobUrban

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    Smell the fresh split - hell taste it. Pine of any sort should be obvious to you by smell so that could be ruled out(or in) I think. Oak will be bitter and smell, well, like oak :)

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