Neighbor moving - Firewood Score? Wood ID Please

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Hi all.

My neighbor is moving and out of the graciousness of his heart, he is giving me his firewood.

He has what looks like three distinct piles.
I can't tell what is what. Any tree species ID help would be appreciated.

I'm located in Bergen County New Jersey.

Firewood 1
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Firewood 2
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Firewood 3
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Thanks!!
 

hickoryhoarder

Minister of Fire
Apr 5, 2013
726
Indiana
#1 could be red oak.
#2?
#3?
 

gzecc

Minister of Fire
Sep 24, 2008
4,948
NNJ
1st is maple, others could be also.
 

peakbagger

Minister of Fire
Jul 11, 2008
7,344
Northern NH
I see free firewood, there is definitely some oak in several of the photos. It looks extremely well seasoned/borderline starting to rot. My guess is when you move the wood you will find some pieces that are very light. Still good for shoulder season and fire pits but what do you have to lose?.
 

stoveliker

Minister of Fire
Nov 17, 2019
4,623
Long Island NY
indeed; what firewood? Dry firewood. = good firewood. Even if not the most btu per volume (b/c some punky). Free firewood is the best dollar/btu ratio....
 

hickoryhoarder

Minister of Fire
Apr 5, 2013
726
Indiana
The third one might be Dogwood. MIGHT be...
Dogwood makes sense. I was thinking of bigger species, and couldn't figure out what the heck that is.
 
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Solarguy3500

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Dec 3, 2020
248
Western MA
I'm gonna say:

1. Maple
2. Ash
3. Cherry

Hard to tell for sure though since it's so old and weathered.
 

bigealta

Minister of Fire
May 22, 2010
810
Utah, NJ
think 1 is oak, looks like the same oak in my pile that i cut 2 years ago.
 
Thank you everyone for your replies!

The neighbor has sold his home so, I have a deadline of the end of the month to move the wood.
It looks to be about a 1/2 cord.

Firewood #1 was a massive tree - at least three stories high. The neighbor took that down 5 years back. They were giving away pieces of the trunk in the front yard.

I took a few pieces of the Firewood #1 (Oak or Maple?). It's nice and DRY.
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stoveliker

Minister of Fire
Nov 17, 2019
4,623
Long Island NY
The pins should be parallel to the grain. And was this measured.on a freshly split surface? So you can measure the inside? (The outside will always be much drier.)
 
The pins should be parallel to the grain. And was this measured.on a freshly split surface? So you can measure the inside? (The outside will always be much drier.)

Hi stoveliker.

I adjusted the pins so they are parallel to the grain. I didn't know I needed to do that. Thank you.

The first pic was freshly split and the other pieces were split and cut down for kindling this afternoon. So far, the pieces have averaging 17% -12% moisture. They sound like bowling pins when I crack them together.

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stoveliker

Minister of Fire
Nov 17, 2019
4,623
Long Island NY
Great! Lucky you :)

Enjoy the heat. This is surely ready to burn!
 
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Simonkenton

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Feb 27, 2014
2,152
Marshall NC
I agree, lots of it is ash.
 

bigealta

Minister of Fire
May 22, 2010
810
Utah, NJ
Here is some Ash I cut about 3 months ago. And yeah had to go outside to see it snowing now when it’s 42f out

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PA. Woodsman

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Feb 26, 2007
2,239
Emmaus, Pennsylvania
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Simonkenton

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Feb 27, 2014
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Marshall NC
Yes I was going to say, looks like red oak.
 
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fbelec

Minister of Fire
Nov 23, 2005
3,323
Massachusetts
1= white oak picture 2 an 3 i don't remember the actual name but it's called up here a weed tree got two cord drying now
2= white oak
3= ??????????