please help id this firewood-2

I wasn’t on site to see the leaves
A fairly white color, bark is thick & super hard, super difficult to split , note the unsmooth natty sides of the splits, not a clean cleave, Probably felled probably >1-2 years before I got it. Burns great! burns hot, starts easy/quick, excellent coals, lasts a long time super ( except the splitting was a bear & these were 8-12 inches long). Thank you
 

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Microduck17

Burning Hunk
Dec 21, 2017
205
New Concord Ohio
If this was in my stack I would say it was sassafras but I don't know for sure, it doesn't look exactly like the sassafras I have. But I'm drawing a blank on anything else it could be.

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You find your sassafras as I described, super hard to split (but I got it dry & old) & burns as good or better than oak, probably better? Thank you
 

PA. Woodsman

Minister of Fire
Feb 26, 2007
2,020
Emmaus, Pennsylvania
That's Gum not Sassy, probably Sweetgum. Sassy practically splits just by looking at it, is light weight with a smooth grain and has an aroma like Pinesol.
 
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Microduck17

Burning Hunk
Dec 21, 2017
205
New Concord Ohio
The splitting was the main difference I see between my sassafras and the wood you have. Mine seems to split pretty cleanly not all stringy like that. Mine burns well and with enough heat but a lot faster than oak. The bark and wood coloration looks right but the splitting is wrong. Ive never split any sassafras that I could describe as old and dry so that might account for it. When split does it have an aromatic smell to it like a light and not sweet sort of root beer smell?

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Microduck17

Burning Hunk
Dec 21, 2017
205
New Concord Ohio
Just saw your post PA. Woodsman. That makes sense. I've only dealt with gum on one occasion about 12 years ago and it wasn't in a firewood capacity it was wile clearing trees from in front of a satellite dish. I remember it as being very tough to deal with. I was drawing a blank on other trees with the reddish inner bark.

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Simonkenton

Minister of Fire
Feb 27, 2014
1,503
Marshall NC
Hickory. I gave up on trying to burn it because it is so hard to split.