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Worst wood to split

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by antknee2, Apr 5, 2009.

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  1. oak194

    oak194 Member

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    Anthony D, Is some of those logs you are having trouble splitting white inside. What i mean is the wood itself really white & very heavy?

    Reason I ask is I also have a few of logs from a tri-axle load, that the bark looks like the one you show and my 26-ton splitter has a hard time with the large logs and is just turns into stringy crap.
    I'm just hoping if i let the cut pieces sit all summer they will split normally.

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  2. wantstoburnwood

    wantstoburnwood Member

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    Gooday Anthony hows your winter ??
  3. antknee2

    antknee2 New Member

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    Wow Jags nice splitter definitely same wood , probably no problem for you splitter .
    oak194 the wood is mostly very white except for some strange channels traveling through the grain , multi color . I think if you let it dry some splitting will much easier , this wood can hold a tremendous amount of water .
    Hi Wantstoburnwood , this may sound crazy but I think I will miss the winter , great feeling keeping the house nice and warm only using wood .
    Anthony
  4. webby3650

    webby3650 Master of Fire

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    What kind of Elm do you have?
  5. CTBurner

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    i am splitting some oak now that is like a corksrew, worst i have encountered in many years, how do i stack it, it is as hard as elm to split, i used to laugh at black powder splitting but
  6. captainjim04

    captainjim04 New Member

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    8" is the same size that I just split and the bark looks the same, thats why I guessed that but no telling for sure with out leaves or the monkey balls so could be elm too... My dad took out a whole hedge row of it and gave me some. real crap to split. But I burned some last year and it burned better then poplar and as long as red maple. The stuff he gave me was gum and it had those monkey balls still on it. a lot of people here in Delaware give it away sometimes because they don't want to split it. Elm too. I found that the small rounds of gum and elm burn great when they are not split, just need to season them longer. My 27 ton can split both but not as fast as oak or cherry. I don't think waiting longer makes them split any better. Just makes the splitter struggle more and still tears the wood up. I have some mixed in next years wood pile. I put it at the beginning and end of the pile for the fall and spring times. Good luck... oh yeah and sweet gum has 5 skinny points on the leaves. I messed up when I said 3. looks a lot like a japanesse red maple leafs shape.
  7. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    I built that splitter BECAUSE of wood like that. And you are correct, the splitter wins every time. (Thanks for the compliment)

    Webby - that is good old piss elm. Not sure of the proper name ( I think it might be American Elm), its about the only thing I have ever heard it called (at least that I can post on here).
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