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Wood Id

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Wingman, Jul 28, 2011.

  1. Wingman

    Wingman Member

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    This is part of a tornado scrounge and I think the leaf that came on it seemed like a maple, Norway maybe. But it was a few months since I've had, it but just got around to splitting and stacking. The red heartwood is pretty cool when freshly split.
    Any ideas on what this is?
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    Thanks,
    Joe

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  2. oldspark

    oldspark Guest

    Boxelder.
  3. weatherguy

    weatherguy Minister of Fire

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    +1 yup, pretty cool the first time you see it
  4. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

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    Definitely boxelder. I think it is technically a maple, but I may be thinking of something else.

    Not the highest BTU wood, so set it aside for the shoulder season.
  5. 3fordasho

    3fordasho Feeling the Heat

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    Boxelder - split it ASAP, likes to rot in the round. Once split/stacked it drys fast, good for shoulder season.
  6. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Yes, box elder is in the maple family. It burns fine but not for a long time and that is why it is good in spring or fall.
  7. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Once that stuff starts to season, your gonna want to put a bungee cord around it. That stuff will float away in a light breeze like a dried up leaf. :cheese:

    Jokes aside - there ain't nothing wrong with it as long as you take it at face value. A low BTU wood that burns fast and hot, but also works up pretty darn easy. Good for shoulder seasons and for building the first fire. Easy start and up to temp fast.
  8. chvymn99

    chvymn99 Minister of Fire

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    Diddo... To those about Box Elder. But when I was processing mine, the outer wood had a spin to it that made splits looks nasty. It was pretty nasty splitting for me anyways.
  9. Wingman

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    Thanks for the replies. I didn't get to much of this, but was curious. I guess the maple leaf came on something else. I did however come way with quite a bit of black oak, mulberry, cherry and a silver maple that my dad lost(different load that above).
  10. oldspark

    oldspark Guest

    I think someone mentioned it is a member of the Maple family so the leaves are similar.
  11. TreePointer

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  12. oldspark

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    Boy that boxelder in thier picture has a lot better looking bark on it than the ones I have.
  13. TreePointer

    TreePointer Minister of Fire

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    Yeah, it does rot quickly if not c/s/s. Here are my own pics of boxelder with bark. Note that that amoeba shaped stain in the heartwood of the butt ends is also characteristic of boxelder.

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  14. chvymn99

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    Man, that looked like it split nicely, mine didn't. Mine the outerwood had a twist to it and was straight grained. I was a pain to stack.
  15. TreePointer

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    Yeah, it was an easy split. The rounds had been cut a couple days prior, and they were split during the mid-winter freeze.

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