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Wood Ident.

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by caber, Oct 21, 2008.

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  1. caber

    caber New Member

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    Wood I picked up for free this summer. It was already cut and stacked, so I have no idea what it is. Any ideas?

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  2. Nic36

    Nic36 Feeling the Heat

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    At first glance, the bark looks like the persimmon trees that grow down here. But, I don't even know if persimmon trees grow that far north.
  3. CTBurner

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    maple
  4. Cluttermagnet

    Cluttermagnet Minister of Fire

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    Did you just split the pieces in the photo? The amber yellow core wood reminds me of my Locust I scored earlier this past summer. But if it has been split for a while now, the core wood would be turning a dark, rusty red, if this were Locust like mine. OTOH if this is fresh split, it looks a lot like my Locust. Bark pattern also matches. Looks real straight grained. If you just split this, did it split real easy?

    http://www.hearth.com/econtent/index.php/forums/viewthread/21191/
    (see post #8 for photos)
  5. glacialhills

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    No way to tell from a split and some bark. Get some leaves or better yet a small branch with leaves. If guessing it could be oak, persimmon, Osage, locust, ect. ect. ect.
  6. caber

    caber New Member

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    no leaves or location. It was already cut and stacked when I got it. I picked it up back in July. That piece was split a few days ago. It split fairly easily. The older splits are a more golden color in the middle. Pretty certain it is not maple.
  7. MacKay

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    Looks like osage to me.
  8. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    It does look like osage- could be more yellow. It looks a bit like locust too, except the bark is not as furrowed.

    If it's osage or black locust, then you have hit GOLD.
  9. caber

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    After looking at pics online, I have to agree its either locust or osage. Leaning towards Osage. I shall set it aside in the high-end rack.

    thanks
  10. JustWood

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    I believe it is a locust but not black. Lets see what the honey locust guys say.
  11. struggle

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    The color and bark kind of looks like mulberry from around my area. It seems though mulberry has a slightly flatter bark.
  12. polaris

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    I just walked outside and looked at some Honey Locust and I'm willing to bet that is what you have. Did you see any branches? There would be some big eye gouging Jesus thorns on any smaller branches if it truly is Honey locust.
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    Looks yellow to me and the bark - it is mulberry. It burns very good but seems ta take about 2 years to dry out
  14. deadon

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    Sure looks like White Oak that I cut here in Pennsylvania. It grows very well in our area of the north. You can identify it by the bark but more so by the brown band of wood just under the bark and the amber color of the center and heart wood, also the small square blocks of lighter wood between each grain lines. Notice the small round blue/gray fungus on the bark this is typical of oak and maple in our area.
  15. FireWalker

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    That looks just like what I just put in my stove! Honey locust.
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    Cluttermagnet Minister of Fire

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    ...and FWIW, there are supposedly some ornamental varieties of Honey Locust without thorns, so I hear. That may be what I harvested myself, earlier this summer. Never did get a totally positive ID on mine, but it came from a grove of Locust. My one big tree got pushed over by a 'dozer. No leaves left to see.

    If the core wood starts to turn that rusty red color after a few months, that would be strongly pointing to Locust, I believe. I don't think the others turn so dramatically (?) as they season.
  17. Adios Pantalones

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    Osage darkens with age as well. It will eventually turn dark chocolate (decades)
  18. bruce56bb

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    pretty sure it's mulberry with a slight chance it could be osage. the honey locust has a very thin and flaky bark.


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  19. PA. Woodsman

    PA. Woodsman Minister of Fire

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    I vote for Mulberry also.
  20. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    Thats not hedge apple but i would vote mulberry also
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    pretty sure its firewood
  22. caber

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    that's how i'm looking at it now.
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