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Wood ID

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by infinitymike, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. infinitymike

    infinitymike Minister of Fire

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    There are a ton of trees down on around the jobsite I am working on.
    Mostly red oak, few maples but Im not sure about this one.
    The very top was buried under a couple of oak canopies.
    So I don't know what the leaves look like.
    Except it had a bunch of these green saplings sprouting off the sides with these leaves.
    It was perfectly straight.

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  2. Nixon

    Nixon Minister of Fire

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    Looks like Sassafras to me . Did it have a scent similar to root beer ?
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  3. infinitymike

    infinitymike Minister of Fire

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    I don't know' I'll take a whiff tomorrow.
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    TreePointer Minister of Fire

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  5. nrford

    nrford Minister of Fire

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    Sassafras for sure!
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  6. Clyde S. Dale

    Clyde S. Dale Burning Hunk

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    I agree its Sassafras. I have a bunch of it and IMO makes great shoulder season wood, even better than poplar or pine. A little higher in BTUs vs pine/poplar, dries quick, smells great splitting, and very low ash.
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  7. bogydave

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    Sasafrass
    Cut some roots off. Makes a great tea ;)
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  8. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Lucky you to get a sassafras that big! Around here they don't get very big and most are really crooked. Take a look at that leaf that looks like a mitten. You'll never forget it.

    I have to add that just a week ago we had a sassafras starting to bud out. It forgot what time of year it is.
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  9. ScotO

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    Tha'ts one big sassy! I'd be making some boards out of that trunk. I don't ever see them that big around here!

    It should have a very unique scent to it, like ol' fashioned root beer. That is the saffrole oil in the tree.
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  10. infinitymike

    infinitymike Minister of Fire

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    Since it's rare that they are that big and straight I feel bad that I cut it up.
    ..... NAH..... I don't feel bad at all.

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