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Worth taking wood?

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

  1. fabsroman

    fabsroman Minister of Fire

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    Yeah, the second pic of the cut wood is not poplar. Never had ash, so no clue if it is that or not, but the rest of the more experienced guys think it is so you did well.

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  2. midwestcoast

    midwestcoast Minister of Fire

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    Still looks like Ash. Very nice scrounge you found there. Well Done!
  3. Hearth Mistress

    Hearth Mistress Minister of Fire

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    I am far from an expert too but all we have around here is ash and tulip poplar. I'm guessing it's ash because it looks like what I have all over my yard and the tulip poplar grows in threes, I was told, but that may not always be the case.
    Anyone who wants to make the trek up to Bucks County, near River Country, the township cleared the towpath on the canal and there are nice big rounds of oak and ash for the taking. If you're interested, let me know and I'll get you the details. We all have so much wood here still since Sandy no one wants to go get it. My neighbor and I are working on a tree that fell, so far it's yielded 3 cords and there is another 2 more easy. There is plenty to go around if you need it.
  4. clemsonfor

    clemsonfor Minister of Fire

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    Don't ID trees with stuff like that. THAT is not true, that must be some wives tale.
    That person obviously had a place that had been cutover in the past and had a bunch of trees with coppice sprouts. This is the what its called, or stump sprouts, when a tree is cut and the sprouts that come back eventually parasitize each other till the strong survive. I have plenty of poplar on my 130 acres I bet less than 10% and probably more like less than 5% is is forked and most is is 2's in those multi trunked cases.

    Also you have a tree that will yield 5 cords!! Was the thing like a 6ft diameter truck? I mean that's massive, that's something like 17,000 lbs or will equal half a log truck, which only hold 10 cords!!
  5. Hearth Mistress

    Hearth Mistress Minister of Fire

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    I was led to believe it was called "tulip poplar" because it had 3 trunks, never really thought about it being a fairytale.

    I'll have to take photos of what is left of the ash tree that's been kickin our butts. Yes, it is EASILY 6ft across at the base, was over 70ft tall. The top snapped off in the storm and since there were so many storm chasers up here working for half of what we would usually pay, my neighbor had them take the rest of it down...$800, 6 guys. Dropped it in 45 minutes with a climbing saw and a HUGE husky. I couldn't even lift that husky saw let alone handle it running. We've been joking about chiseling the stump out and making a hot tub, it's that big and there are STILL others down we need to cut up! We are running out of flat surfaces to stack the wood! :)
  6. Boog

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    I'd jump on that quick before someone changes their mind. Wood = BTUs, it will burn!
  7. clemsonfor

    clemsonfor Minister of Fire

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    no tulip poplar has nothing to do with the trunks, its the flower/ seed structure that resembles a tulip??? I think the person who told you that either made that up or was repeating a really bad regional folk about it? Look it up on the net the flower or seeding structure resembles a tulip kind of petal like with a hollowish like center. The seeds are those winged things that fall out of the tree in the fall. The flowers at that time are brown in the summer they are greenish.
  8. OldLumberKid

    OldLumberKid Feeling the Heat

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    Dayum. Nice piece of woodly.

    I am out of logs to cut. And not much left to split that the fisky can't handle in a few swacks.
    I gotta wake up early and go scrounge.
  9. Hearth Mistress

    Hearth Mistress Minister of Fire

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    Thanks! I will be glad to tell him he's wrong, he won't like it but I will take great joy in doing so ;)
  10. clemsonfor

    clemsonfor Minister of Fire

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    If he asks who told you... I am a professional forester. I have 2 forestry degrees and to get those you have to take dendrology!! Poplar is one of the say 20 most common trees in my area!!
  11. OldLumberKid

    OldLumberKid Feeling the Heat

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    Ahhh that's better. A few more logs probably around 60-70# each. Not sure what they are, but from a familiar source, so probably much like some I've already cut and split.

    In the meantime, the county is still mulching 30-ft high stacks of Sandy debris — the debris I can understand, but I hope they don;t mulch the enormous logs piled there too. That would be a crying shame, I think, unless they can find a good use for it.

    http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/35/51/mm_treesfloydbennett_2012_12_21_bk.html

    http://www.waterfrontalliance.org/e...aftermath-volunteer-opportunity-mulch-madness


    Any such thing as a dog log cart to assist in the moving from the driveway to the pile? JK ... he's too old for that now, but once upon a time, the Old Furmissile pulled like a hot-diggity sled dog.
  12. MasterMech

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    Diamond patterned bark is a dead giveaway for Ash no? Free, close, mechanized loading? I'd be renting a semi......
  13. mywaynow

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    Tulip Poplars have buds over the winter too. At least most do. I think there may be a male/female factor to that effect. Bark is very Ash like in many cases, which is why there are so many posts asking if a tree is ash or poplar. I have a pallet of css poplar now, only because I mistook the log for ash and by the time I was splitting it to see the grain and properly ID the log, it was already at the stacks to be split/stacked. Now I use it for kindling. I won't last long at that rate though. It will rot before I use all of it for kindling.

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