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Worth taking wood?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by tsantoli, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. tsantoli

    tsantoli Member

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    Some property near me is being cleared and there are 20-30 trees to drop; it looks like poplar to me so I'm not sure it is worth taking.

    Any chance this is some other type of wood?

    The wood is free and 20 minutes from my house and the contractor has offered to load my truck with a Bobcat.

    Thanks;

    Tom

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  2. steelstring

    steelstring New Member

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    Free wood, minimal work...I'd take it. I'm sure you will find a use for it. I'm a firewood horder though. :)
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  3. tsantoli

    tsantoli Member

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    I forgot to add, this is outside Philadelphia; wasn't there someone in need of wood in North Philadelphia?

    I can pass the contact information on to anyone that is interested, more wood than I could use.

    Tom
  4. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

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    That's tulip poplar (not aspen or popple as others around here call it). Not the best but far from the worst. Easy splitting. I would go for it.
  5. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Dunno, the pics aren't doing me much favors, but is there a possibility that you have ash there??? Maybe look for some leaves on the ground?
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  6. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    I was thinking the same thing . . .
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  7. Beer Belly

    Beer Belly Minister of Fire

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    I'd take it....if you're ever in a pinch, it's BTU's. Can always use it for the Firepit....you do have a Firepit, don't ya ???.....
  8. Ralphie Boy

    Ralphie Boy Minister of Fire

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    !!! Take it its ASH! At least the picture of the end of the round is ASH. I can't quite make out the butt of the big tree that's down. Could be you have both. Poplar has a weird colored center; streaks of green and grey, black, and drips with water. I have had poplar actually splash me when I drove a wedge into it.<> No matter, close, free, easy = the best kind of firewood no matter, almost, what kind it is.
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  9. katwillny

    katwillny Guest

    If its free and easy access, id take it. shoulder season or mix it with denser wood and you got yourself some BTUs.
  10. weatherguy

    weatherguy Minister of Fire

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    Can you take another picture of the cut end? it would be easier to tell if its ash, I know wood duck can tell in a minute from that view. Looks like ash to me too but Im no expert.
  11. WhitePine

    WhitePine Feeling the Heat

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    Pics aren't nearly clear or large enough, but my vote tips to Tulip Poplar. However, it's unlikely that that many trees are all the same species. My advice, get all you can anyway. Sort it out later.
  12. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Free & 20 minutes away. Decent weather for cutting.
    Looks to be in a good location to load up. Nice big straight grained easy splitting wood.
    The owner will load your truck/trailer with a Bobcat.

    What's the down side/s again? :)
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  13. BuckthornBonnie

    BuckthornBonnie New Member

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    Looks like ash. Even if it isn't I'd say take it. Ya can't beat free wood.
  14. wishlist

    wishlist Minister of Fire

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    First thing I thought was the second pic looks like ash as well. Of course all ours has these "D" shaped holes in it from the eab.
    It's close, contractor is helping, its a no brainer. Get it and show us pics of it stacked this wknd. ;)
  15. Wood Duck

    Wood Duck Minister of Fire

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    The second pic shows bark that could be ash or tulip poplar, and I can't really tell if the wood is white (ash) or slightly greenish but looks white due to the photo (greenish would indicate Tulip Poplar). I'd take all of it whether ash or tulip poplar. Don't confuse Tulip Poplar with the "true" poplars like Aspen and Cottonwood - Tulip is sort of an average density hardwood that is well worth the minimal effort this scrounge would require. Ash would be even more worth it. You won't always have a contractor loading free wood into your truck!
  16. tsantoli

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    Message received, I'm heading back next week with the my company's stake body to get as much as possible in 2-3 runs.

    Allot of the wood did appear greenish in the middle but the onbe picture with the wedge was white.

    The neighbors on either side of the propeerty both have large piles of oak and rock maple, I think the contractor was trrying to keep them happy giving them the prime stuff.

    Tom
  17. fabsroman

    fabsroman Minister of Fire

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    The poplar I have around here, which is not too far south of Philly, has a green center to it. You should be able to tell just from what the middle grain of the wood looks like. Personally, that second picture does not look like the poplar I am used to seeing around here. I took some last year and will continue to take it as long as I have room in the stacks. With that said, I am trying to concentrate on oak right now because stack room is limited. Once the new garage is up, I will take whatever I can get once again, with sweet gum possibly being the only exception. Then again, as I get further and further ahead, I have the opportunity to be more and more selective of what I take.

    If you need wood, go get it. If you are a couple years ahead, just take the good stuff (e.g., ash, oak, hickory) and leave the poplar for somebody else. Of course, that means you need to figure out what there is at the site.
  18. Bspring

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    "If you need wood, go get it. If you are a couple years ahead, just take the good stuff (e.g., ash, oak, hickory) and leave the poplar for somebody else. Of course, that means you need to figure out what there is at the site."

    +1.
    I am several years ahead and will not mess with poplar even on my own land. It is not worth the trouble. If I needed wood I would take it.
  19. sgcsalsero

    sgcsalsero Feeling the Heat

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    yep looks like ash, no brainer take it
  20. midwestcoast

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    I don't know my poplars well, but pic 2 sure looks like Ash to me!
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    I thought I saw ash there in the pic in a quick lookse!
  22. tsantoli

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    So I borrowed the company stake body and got a load of the wood, close up picture ofa round and a split piece below. I think this may be ash though some of what was there had a greenish center so was likely poplar.

    I'll be back for another load Monday.

    The guys clearing the land were great they loaded the truck, let me use there saw, cut two access roads in for the 4-5 scroungers backed up looking for wood and stoped felling while we loaded; this was before I presented my bribe/ thankyou of a dozen donuts.

    Anyone around Philadelphia looking for wod should consider it, the site is in Conshohocken.

    Tom

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  23. clemsonfor

    clemsonfor Minister of Fire

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    not poplar i dont think you usually dont see rings like that in poplar, also that is not really the green center that poplar that size should have.
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    clemsonfor Minister of Fire

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    but it is a pic i could be wrong.
  25. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Nice ash.
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