Another wood ID - Central OH

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davo1028

Member
Feb 5, 2019
28
Central OH
Hey everyone, was hoping to get some help from the experts here on a wood ID. Three actually... I'll put them as separate comments in this thread so they don't get all mixed up.

Here's the first one. It seems to be a hardwood with a thick, scaly bark. This one splits pretty easily (note that my splitting base is not the same as this wood). Unfortunately I don't have any information about the leaves since this was felled and cleaned up when I got to it.

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davo1028

Member
Feb 5, 2019
28
Central OH
Number 2 is what I think is hedge/Osage orange from what I've seen on this forum. It was already cut up, but was growing in a large hedgerow near my house. The dark heartwood and almost pine looking bark remind me of other pictures of hedge I've seen. Opinions?

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davo1028

Member
Feb 5, 2019
28
Central OH
OK, final one. I have no clues on this one, but I did collect it from the same area as number two. It's a light, almost white, throughout and has a bumpy, kind of small grained bark. I've not tried to split this one yet.

Thanks for helping this newbie scrounger figure out what he's got!

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NickW

Minister of Fire
Oct 16, 2019
736
SE WI
#1 could be honey locust...? No guess from me on #2 or 3, not enough to see to venture a guess other than 2 is probably a hardwood and 3 could possibly be a softwood...
 

NickW

Minister of Fire
Oct 16, 2019
736
SE WI
#1 could be honey locust...? No guess from me on #2 or 3, not enough to see to venture a guess other than 2 is probably a hardwood and 3 could possibly be a softwood...
 

NickW

Minister of Fire
Oct 16, 2019
736
SE WI
1 looks like could be cherry
Thought the same from the first/split pic, but the bark on the cherry I see is more "flaky" than "platelike". Also, I've seen honey locust with green moss like that but haven't seen it on cherry (at least solid cherry).

Could possibly be a hickory of some sort? Doesn't look like shagbark but maybe one of the others (that I am not familiar with at all...).
 

gzecc

Minister of Fire
Sep 24, 2008
4,942
NNJ
My vote is black birch for one and maybe hickory for rest. Split open and send more pics.
 

CincyBurner

Minister of Fire
Mar 10, 2015
693
SW Ohio
#1 - Definitely honeylocust (Gleditsia triacanthos) - scaley/ platey bark and yellow wood. Great burning once seasoned, but seems to take a while to season and takes time to catch in the stove.
#3 - Definitely hackberry (Celtis occidentalis) - warty, gray bark with solid white wood.
#2 - I thought walnut maybe, but last pic (beneath hackberry looked like same wood chunks as second group) the bark not right for walnut. It looks like Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila) to me.
Walnut will have soft cutting, chocolate-colored bark. Twigs have a chambered pith (dead give-away) if you see it. Leaf scars on twig: monkey-face.​
 

FramerJ

New Member
Mar 18, 2021
52
Missouri
#1 - Definitely honeylocust (Gleditsia triacanthos) - scaley/ platey bark and yellow wood. Great burning once seasoned, but seems to take a while to season and takes time to catch in the stove.
#3 - Definitely hackberry (Celtis occidentalis) - warty, gray bark with solid white wood.
#2 - I thought walnut maybe, but last pic (beneath hackberry looked like same wood chunks as second group) the bark not right for walnut. It looks like Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila) to me.
Walnut will have soft cutting, chocolate-colored bark. Twis have a chambered pith (dead give-away) if you see it. Leaf scars on twig: monkey-face.​
I concur with CincyBurner on two of them-I just c/s/s both honeylocust and hackberry less than a month ago. I cant comment on the other.
 

MMH

Minister of Fire
Jan 21, 2019
557
NV
Thought the same from the first/split pic, but the bark on the cherry I see is more "flaky" than "platelike". Also, I've seen honey locust with green moss like that but haven't seen it on cherry (at least solid cherry).

Could possibly be a hickory of some sort? Doesn't look like shagbark but maybe one of the others (that I am not familiar with at all...).
Yeah you’re right bark isn’t right I think it’s honey locust as mentioned
 

qwee

Burning Hunk
Jan 17, 2013
211
Idaho
Honey Locust.
 

hickoryhoarder

Minister of Fire
Apr 5, 2013
726
Indiana
The first photos look like honey locust. The last ones like hackberry. Not sure on the middle ones.
 
I can't be certain about number 1 but my instinct is to agree on honey locust. I have dealt with mostly black locust myself though.

Number 2 keeps makinge think of elm. Maybe walnut but I lean towards elm. My confidence level os low on this one.

Number 3 is hackberry. My commercial property is essentially surrounded by a hackberry thicket so I say this with 💯 certainty.
 

davo1028

Member
Feb 5, 2019
28
Central OH
Great, thanks for the help everyone! Looks like the consensus is honey locust, an unknown f maybe walnut or elm, and hackberry. once I get to splitting that second one I'll post back here and see if some better pictures and splitting characteristics help us with an ID. Thanks for your help and happy burning!
 
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ohlongarm

Minister of Fire
Mar 18, 2011
1,606
Northeastern Ohio
Hey everyone, was hoping to get some help from the experts here on a wood ID. Three actually... I'll put them as separate comments in this thread so they don't get all mixed up.

Here's the first one. It seems to be a hardwood with a thick, scaly bark. This one splits pretty easily (note that my splitting base is not the same as this wood). Unfortunately I don't have any information about the leaves since this was felled and cleaned up when I got to it.

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If it's very heavy, and thornless it's starburst honey locust. It burns like coal and top of the line , I've got two cords two years old.
 

ohlongarm

Minister of Fire
Mar 18, 2011
1,606
Northeastern Ohio
Hey everyone, was hoping to get some help from the experts here on a wood ID. Three actually... I'll put them as separate comments in this thread so they don't get all mixed up.

Here's the first one. It seems to be a hardwood with a thick, scaly bark. This one splits pretty easily (note that my splitting base is not the same as this wood). Unfortunately I don't have any information about the leaves since this was felled and cleaned up when I got to it.

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Thornless starburst honey locust. This stuff is phenomenal in a woodstove burns hot as ell and leaves little leftovers, burns very long. You've got some primo stuff.

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Corey

Minister of Fire
Nov 19, 2005
2,698
Midwest
Agree with honey locust on the first. None of those pics are hedge. You would know hedge by the intense, borderline fluorescent yellow wood when first cut. What you call "2" and "Final" seem to be just different pics of the same logs from different angles. The nearly pure white logs near the top of the pics (some with snow on them) are hackberry, 99.9% sure. The logs with the dark centers - not sure there, possibly some sort of elm? American elm, 85% sure.
 

davo1028

Member
Feb 5, 2019
28
Central OH
Good to know #1 is locust - that's what I have the most of! I cut and split #2 today - it's walnut, as previously suggested. I just couldn't tell at first with the ends being faded, but a fresh cut and split showed that telltale color. Not much of the darker heartwood on these small pieces I have though. I'm sure they'll still burn just fine.

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Simonkenton

Minister of Fire
Feb 27, 2014
2,142
Marshall NC
Those last pics are black walnut. I burn lots of it. Good firewood. Not as good as oak, but good. Easy to split.

ps If you want to have a garden, don't plant it near a black walnut tree.
 

CincyBurner

Minister of Fire
Mar 10, 2015
693
SW Ohio
Thanks for additional pics. Yes, #2 definitely walnut.