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Discussion in 'Firewood, Heating and Wood Burning Equipment' started by Omaha419, May 29, 2019.

  1. Omaha419

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    Initially thought it was Box Alder, but the heartwood is much different. Not too bad to split. Kind of stringy. If there’s a knot, forget about it. Eastern Panhandle of WV. Thanks.


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    We don't have a lot up here, so I'm not positive, but it looks like hackberry.
     
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    It's not Box Elder
     
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    I have hackberry. The bark is a lot different. This is a known hackberry. [​IMG]


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    [​IMG] The bark and heartwood of the tree I cut.


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    After some Google foo, I’m thinking American Elm.


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    I thought Elm too, but we have no live ones left up here. Hackberry is in the Elm family. I see what you mean about the bark.
     
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    It’s definitely Birch. Yellow or maybe White birch.


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    Looks like Elm to me. Not sure if would be American due to the blight. Maybe Grey Elm. Have you tried to split it yet?
     
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    Aren't birch leaves symmetrical at the base?
     
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    Straight pieces with no knots are moderate. I’ve been splitting so much Ash lately that I’ve gotten spoiled.
    If there’s a knot, I have to noodle it.


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    The bark is not Yellow Birch. I'm going with September Elm.
     
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    Definitely an Elm.

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    Elm for sure. PIA to splits but burns nice. If you don't have a hydraulic let it dry before you bounce the maul off it.

    Just saw the leaf and it sure looks like American elm at that.
     
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    I don’t know why I said Birch. Lol I meant Elm. I was thinking Elm when you said it was stringy.


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    Thanks everyone for the replies. Sadly this was a beautiful tree, but it’s right where we are building a garage.


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    Elm, probably American, as I think I can see a ring of white just beneath the bark on the end grain pic. The leaf is right too. Some American Elms do survive for quite a while before usually succumbing to the disease.
     
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    I haven't seen a live American Elm since I was a kid.
     
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    They are rare around my area, but they do exist. There seems to be more in the New England states than around me. The SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry has been trying to develop a disease resistant variety for a lot of years, and have had some good success lately. They have sought out the remaining trees to try to find out what makes them resistant.

    https://www.esf.edu/pubprog/elm/default.htm

    As a student there a long tome ago, I remember a presentation on what the research was at that time. They tried all the normal ways of trying to keep a tree from dying, but the final slide(remember those??) showed the prof standing on a freshly cut stump...
     
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    Looks like slippery elm to me.
     
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