Tree guy says cherry, idk, poplar, beach?

Rob711

Feeling the Heat
Oct 19, 2017
345
Long Island, ny
There’s a language barrier between me and tree guy. He said cherry, I said beech. Then he said yes beech cherry. There’s a idk spearmint smell when split.
 

hickoryhoarder

Feeling the Heat
Apr 5, 2013
480
Indiana
It's not black cherry. That has what's called burnt potato chip bark. And a redder wood inside. But the bark does look like a type of cherry.
 

CincyBurner

Minister of Fire
Mar 10, 2015
506
SW Ohio
+1 for black birch (B. lenta) - bark plus wintergreen (OP mentioned spearmint) scent of crushed twigs.
Great firewood.
 

weatherguy

Minister of Fire
Feb 20, 2009
5,757
Central Mass
Pin cherry, or black birch, Id have to smell it to know
 
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Stinkpickle

Feeling the Heat
Jan 13, 2015
494
Iowa
It looks like the images I googled of black birch. It doesn’t grow in my part of the country, so I couldn’t be sure.
 

Kevin Weis

Minister of Fire
Mar 3, 2018
932
Union Bridge, Md
That's Choke Cherry. Similar but the bark is smooth and the wood a little softer. As same odor as Black Cherry, it's cousin. Burns well though not quite as well as Black.
 

billb3

Minister of Fire
Dec 14, 2007
4,674
SE Mass
looks like black birch
spearmint smell when scraping live bark would confirm it.
it's decent firewood
 

Mike.O

Burning Hunk
Dec 20, 2017
159
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100% Black Birch. Have it all over my property and a few cords CSS. Great wood, one of my favorites.
 
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weatherguy

Minister of Fire
Feb 20, 2009
5,757
Central Mass
That's Choke Cherry. Similar but the bark is smooth and the wood a little softer. As same odor as Black Cherry, it's cousin. Burns well though not quite as well as Black.
You mean pin cherry? Choke cherry's an altogether different looking wood. Google pin cherry
 

Rob711

Feeling the Heat
Oct 19, 2017
345
Long Island, ny
Thanks so much everyone, a definite minty smell when split. I was concerned the tree guy bamboozeled me! Hopefully it will cure with the oak I stacked it with, should be 2022 wood.
 

Ctwoodtick

Minister of Fire
Jun 5, 2015
1,320
Southeast CT
The black birch will be ready to burn in half the time as the oak.
 

weatherguy

Minister of Fire
Feb 20, 2009
5,757
Central Mass
That is definitely Blackbirch. The king of firewood as far as I’m concerned.
I agree , its my top 2 favorite wood along with hickory, if that's what it is he's golden.
 

Woody5506

Minister of Fire
Feb 14, 2017
785
Rochester NY
I had a few chunks of that some years back, had no idea what it was until now, reading this thread. I figured at the time it was some kind of ornamental fruit tree or something.