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Yet another wood ID question

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by olsonbri, Oct 6, 2011.

  1. olsonbri

    olsonbri New Member

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    Any help here? I cut a couple of these rounds from a scrounge pile composed mainly of red and white oak. I have a non-x27 axe, a newbie at swinging, but this thing makes the red oak seem like butter. I can't split it now but I hope to have an x27 coming my way soon. Am I wasting my time? It sawed like a hardwood. I want to guess maple by the look of the cross section, but I have no clue what it is.

    Thanks!! --Bri

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  2. jatoxico

    jatoxico Minister of Fire

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    Best guess is Silver Maple. Need those leaves though.
  3. golfandwoodnut

    golfandwoodnut Minister of Fire

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    Looks like maple to me also. That is usually not that tough to split, usually easier than Oak, but maybe it is really wet. Give it a little time and it may be easier, better yet when it freezes I find it easier to split alot of wood.
  4. olsonbri

    olsonbri New Member

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    Thanks much... we'll go with maple. --Bri
  5. wood-fan-atic

    wood-fan-atic New Member

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    +1.... Hi-Ho Silver!
  6. krex1010

    krex1010 Minister of Fire

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    silver maple
  7. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    Maple was my guess as well . . . but I'm not very good at identifying the various maples without the leaf.
  8. zzr7ky

    zzr7ky Minister of Fire

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    Silver Maple. Should split. Got wedges? Should be easy with wedge and sledge.
  9. Thistle

    Thistle Minister of Fire

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    +1 Silver Maple. Great stuff for Fall & Spring burning,usually splits fairly well,can be gnarly or have spiral grain in larger rounds though.I had 2 p/u loads in July 2010 from storm damage that was 2' to just under 3' diameter,had to use sledge & wedge to half the rounds at first.
  10. chvymn99

    chvymn99 Minister of Fire

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    Yep, typical Silver Maple. White wood with flaky bark.
  11. olsonbri

    olsonbri New Member

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    Thanks all. I'm tagging it silver maple.

    I fully understand the need for other plant parts for proper ID. I always look for leaves, dead or alive, and can ID the tree when leaves are there. That said.... A botanist will tell you to get the flower and/or fruit/seeds to ID a plant to species. However, certain circumstances arise where we are curious about a tree species when all is left but wood and bark. I think it's kind of a great thing that folks in here, this forum, can ID some wood based on pics of bark/cambium/heartwood and are likely dead on. Not to diminish a botanist, but it's just a different take. An art all of its own.

    --Bri
  12. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    I get some that is very twisted and that stuff is really good firewood.
  13. Ken S

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    Silver Maple,I have about 3 cords ready for this year.Use it for fall and spring but also will be burning lots of beech during the coldest part of winter and it produces lots of coals so when I want to keep something burning but want to burn down the coal bed the silver maple will do very well at that .
  14. Thistle

    Thistle Minister of Fire

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    Good stuff,it seems denser than the normal,most what I've seen anyway.
  15. Gark

    Gark Minister of Fire

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    Just did a S.Maple that thought it was an elm. It was stringy and the grain was very wavey. Took two wedges to bust the 26" rounds and even 12" rounds needed a wedge. Never recall a silver being that tough to split. It grew between two buildings that made a wind tunnel. Love the stuff for "in between wood". Heavy wet, dries fast & light.
  16. CTYank

    CTYank Minister of Fire

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    Local arborist dumped a couple of tons on my lawn recently. Freshly-cut after Irene. 2'-long rounds, under 18" diameter.

    Stuff was so difficult to split that partial noodling was in order. Fortunately my "new" 455 waltzed through that. Lots of fresh mulch.
  17. olsonbri

    olsonbri New Member

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    Okay, I gotta ask ... what is that noodling technique???
  18. WoodPorn

    WoodPorn Minister of Fire

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    Cutting with your chainsaw along the grain instead of crosscutting, the resulting shavings look like "noodles". Some folks will noodle a notch into the round to get a wedge started, others will cut the super big rounds to make them more manageable.
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