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Discussion in 'Arborist 101' started by Stephen L Cawthon JR, Dec 21, 2016.

  1. Stephen L Cawthon JR

    Stephen L Cawthon JR ArboristSite Lurker

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    20161220_162610.jpg 20161220_162714.jpg 20161220_162624.jpg I live in Central Arkansas. I had someone ask me to remove this tree that had fallen/uprooted. I can't quite figure out what it is.
     
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    Boxelder with spalting
     
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    Stephen L Cawthon JR ArboristSite Lurker

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    Is it good for firewood?
     
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    Stephen L Cawthon JR ArboristSite Lurker

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    Trying to search for photos of similar wood, but not having any luck. I even tried to find some of the boxelder, but nothing was close that I could find.
     
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    Look up ash leaf maple. Ruby red center is a tell tale sign.
    It'll burn, but not on the high end of firewood.
     
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    Del_ I'm completely reformed.

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    I'm not so sure that is box elder. Maybe some type of oak. The annual growth rings are pretty tight for a fast growing tree like box elder.
     
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    Stephen L Cawthon JR ArboristSite Lurker

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    A couple of locals have told me they thought it might be pin oak.
     
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    Not box elder...in the 1st pic you can see it is ring porous. Box elder is not. It looks like you can see some pretty clear rays on the bottom right of pic 1 - which would make it very likely oak. Not much to go by there with the bark, but what I see I'd go with black oak....unless I see something to change that I'm gonna stick with it.

    If you can get a clear close up of the end grain it would be helpful. Also turn pic 3 clockwise about 45 degrees to show a better view of the bark.

    That is some beautiful staining...I'd bet you could sell some turning blanks off of that pretty easily (assuming it is solid)
     
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    Stephen L Cawthon JR ArboristSite Lurker

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    Nearly all of it has been cut for firewood. I still have just a few more feet to cut and should be able to get a few better pics tomorrow. I just need to make sure it oak or some hardwood that will be good firewood. I don't want to tell someone they are getting something that they are not.
     
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    I think it's black oak also.
     
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    unclemoustache My 'stache is bigger than yours.

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    Oak, not sure which.
     
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    That's blackjack oak. You'll find it in poor, sandy soil. A small to medium size oak.

    After working on that tree you'll come home looking like you've been in a fight with a cat . . . and lost.
     
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    And yes, it's good firewood.
     
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    Looked quick on my phone last nite and jump the gun on Box Elder. The other guys are right, Black Oak. That is some really neat staining.
     
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    Stephen L Cawthon JR ArboristSite Lurker

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    Thank you all for your answers. You have all been very helpful.
     
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    Fine for firewood yes.

    From a tree standpoint, zone lines from Reaction Zones are also visible. The Barrier Zone was likely breached asnthe discoloration moved out the the bark and sapwood in some spots. Accounts for the inconsistencies in the colors and shapes of the ripewood or heartwood.

    May not be good for lumber or carpentry, depends on the fungi present and extent of degradation. Does look pretty though.
     
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    Yes, it is for the most part in very good shape. if I had a sawmill, I would have made some boards from it. However, I do not and I am selling firewood, so I just wanted to make sure it was going to be good for that. Thank you
     
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    ID help needed I bought a load of mixed hardwood logs and I would like to know what this wood is[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    Definitely a mix , some with heartwood and some without. Smooth bark and white wood looks like maple.
     
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    On the first tree Separate out the soft pieces and burn them first. If it sets for a year that fungus may rot out quite a bit of the wood pile. The second tree looks like a beech.
     

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