I think I already know the answer, but I think I've found a HUGE Ailanthus tree (tree of heaven) that has fallen and want to know if anyone knew if it's worth burning or not. I think not.
It's possible this tree isn't Ailanthus tho'. The leaves (already almost indistinguishable due to wilting after tree fell) do not look like the Ailanthus as far as how they are positioned on the branches (directly across and in a line of 10 or more).
I'll take some pics of the tree and post again, but does the Ailanthus get as large as 3 feet in diameter?? The bark is smooth, about 1/4 inch thick at the base, 1/8 inch think at the 6" diameter, and has some very small, hard "flake looking" protrusions, although they are not loose flakes like most Ailanthus. It is mostly grey in color with some very faint 2" x 1/4" oblong, and running vertical, designs in the bark throughout. It is pretty heavy. Easy to split. Very white inside. Looks to be about 45 years old from the rings. No smell to mention.
My wife, who can seem to id any tree (she's an entomologist; Bugs if you need to id anything let me know) is even stumped. I'll post some photos. I'm afraid it is Ailanthus, too bad, this tree is huge. Damn. Except for the leaf locations and the thickness of bark, it looks like Ailanthus.
PS. My Northstar "Northern tool" 20 ton splitter w/ 4 way slip on is working like a charm. It'll go through the biggest stuff I can seem to give it (with the 4 way off). Most pcs 16" and under go through with the 4 way. I love my splitter.