The Forestry Forum is sponsored in part by:

iDRY Vacuum Kilns


Forestry Forum
Sponsored by:


TimberKing Sawmills



Toll Free 1-800-582-0470

LogRite Tools



Norwood Industries Inc.




Your source for Portable Sawmills, Edgers, Resaws, Sharpeners, Setters, Bandsaw Blades and Sawmill Parts

EZ Boardwalk Sawmills. More Saw For Less Money!

STIHLDealers.com sponsored by Northeast STIHL


Woodland Sawmills

Peterson Swingmills

 KASCO SharpTech WoodMaxx Blades

Turbosawmill

Sawmill Exchange

Michigan Firewood, your BRUTE FORCE Authorized Dealer

FARMA


Council Tool

Baker Products

ECHO-Bearcat

iDRY Wood Lumber Vacuum Drying for everyon

Baltic Abrasives Technologies Nyle Kiln Dry Systems




Author Topic: Smells like rootbear!  (Read 1066 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline PAmizerman

  • Senior Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 481
  • Age: 27
  • Location: Loretto PA
  • Gender: Male
  • Just Another Day In Paradise!!
    • Share Post
Smells like rootbear!
« on: February 07, 2019, 07:25:50 PM »
I got a load of low grade in to fill a pallet order. There were a couple logs that were just too crooked to get anything out of. 
Firewood? Nope... I've figured out that the more crooked and "ugly" it is the faster they sell :D.

I sawed a couple poplar and then this?
Not sure what it is but it sure smelled good. Smells like rootbear! 
I'm thinking birch just based on the smell but really have no idea. 
Anyone know?



 
Woodmizer lt40 super remote 42hp Kubota diesel. Accuset II
Hydraulics everywhere
Traverse 6035 telehandler
WM bms250 sharpener
WM bmt250 setter
and a lot of back breaking work!!

Offline bandmiller2

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 8677
  • Location: Franklin Ma.
  • Gender: Male
    • Share Post
Re: Smells like rootbear!
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2019, 07:55:48 PM »
Probably Sassafras that's where they got the original root beer flavor. I used to dig the roots and chew on them. Frank C. 
A man armed with common sense is packing a big piece

Offline Hewer of Wood

  • member
  • *
  • Posts: 29
  • Age: 40
  • Location: Waterloo, NY
  • Gender: Male
  • I'm new!
    • Share Post
Re: Smells like rootbear!
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2019, 08:08:01 PM »
Id say a birch, maybe black. To me sassafras smells more like root beer and birches have a minty smell. But thats definitely not sassafras.
1997 Timber Harvester 1967 Pettibone Super 8 and too much sawdust. Joshua 9:21

Offline PAmizerman

  • Senior Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 481
  • Age: 27
  • Location: Loretto PA
  • Gender: Male
  • Just Another Day In Paradise!!
    • Share Post
Re: Smells like rootbear!
« Reply #3 on: February 07, 2019, 08:12:29 PM »
It's definitely not sassafras. 
Woodmizer lt40 super remote 42hp Kubota diesel. Accuset II
Hydraulics everywhere
Traverse 6035 telehandler
WM bms250 sharpener
WM bmt250 setter
and a lot of back breaking work!!

Offline Resonator

  • Senior Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 390
  • Age: 43
  • Location: Woods near Wausau, WI
  • Gender: Male
  • Board Footage and Cord Woodage
    • Share Post
Re: Smells like rootbear!
« Reply #4 on: February 07, 2019, 08:31:42 PM »
What did the bark look like?


This is what Yellow Birch looks like, other birches have similar "paper" bark texture.
Under bark there's boards and beams, somewhere in between.
Cuttin' while its green, through a steady sawdust stream.
I'm chasing the sawdust dream.

Proud owner of a Wood-Mizer 2017 LT28G19

Offline PAmizerman

  • Senior Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 481
  • Age: 27
  • Location: Loretto PA
  • Gender: Male
  • Just Another Day In Paradise!!
    • Share Post
Re: Smells like rootbear!
« Reply #5 on: February 07, 2019, 08:49:45 PM »
I'll have to grab a pic tomorrow.
It wasn't shaggy
Woodmizer lt40 super remote 42hp Kubota diesel. Accuset II
Hydraulics everywhere
Traverse 6035 telehandler
WM bms250 sharpener
WM bmt250 setter
and a lot of back breaking work!!

Offline PAmizerman

  • Senior Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 481
  • Age: 27
  • Location: Loretto PA
  • Gender: Male
  • Just Another Day In Paradise!!
    • Share Post
Re: Smells like rootbear!
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2019, 09:18:14 PM »
This log was also in the pile.
Thinking it's Aspen?
Can you guys tell I don't saw much hardwood? :D

 

 
Woodmizer lt40 super remote 42hp Kubota diesel. Accuset II
Hydraulics everywhere
Traverse 6035 telehandler
WM bms250 sharpener
WM bmt250 setter
and a lot of back breaking work!!

Offline Ron Wenrich

  • Forester
  • Administrator
  • *****
  • Posts: 13763
  • Age: 70
  • Location: Jonestown, PA
  • Gender: Male
    • Share Post
Re: Smells like rootbear!
« Reply #7 on: February 08, 2019, 05:32:17 AM »
It was probably black birch.  That's a pretty common tree in PA.  Smooth bark.  I've sawn trailerloads of it.  Things smell pretty good for a couple of days afterwards.  
Never under estimate the power of stupid people in large groups.

Offline kelLOGg

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 2014
  • Age: 74
  • Location: Durham, NC
  • Gender: Male
  • More is better but enough is best
    • Share Post
Re: Smells like rootbear!
« Reply #8 on: February 08, 2019, 06:12:24 AM »
I used to dig the roots and chew on them. Frank C.
Me too! :)   Haven't thought of that in a long time.
Cook's MP-32, 16HP, 20' (modified w/ power feed, up/down, loader/turner)
DH kiln, CatClaw, setter, tandem trailer, log arches, tractor, thumb tacks

Offline bandmiller2

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 8677
  • Location: Franklin Ma.
  • Gender: Male
    • Share Post
Re: Smells like rootbear!
« Reply #9 on: February 08, 2019, 07:52:54 AM »
The guys are probably right, black river birch "Betula nigari" its similar to sas but a little different smell and taste. I used to graze on the black birch twigs. College professor modified his outline to mention if woodland plant material was edible because of me. A local bottler sells "birch beer" but its hard to find, young folks have no idea what it is. Frank C. 
A man armed with common sense is packing a big piece

Offline Don P

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 5308
  • Location: Southwestern VA
  • Gender: Male
    • Share Post
    • Calculator Index
Re: Smells like rootbear!
« Reply #10 on: February 08, 2019, 08:31:19 AM »
Yup, that top pic is sweet birch, black birch. Nice wood, hard heavy strong but the ppb's also love it. I have quite a bit of it in the beech grove.
A laborer works with his hands
A craftsman uses his brain and his hands
An artist uses his brain, his hands, and his heart

Offline moodnacreek

  • Senior Member
  • ****
  • Posts: 984
  • Location: Orange County NY
  • Gender: Male
  • Sawin by the notches
    • Share Post
Re: Smells like rootbear!
« Reply #11 on: February 08, 2019, 08:33:36 AM »
Sassafras is much softer than birch and not so heavy, looks like r. oak when dry with a chestnut color. B. birch has the wintergreen smell and is paper barked.

Offline 47sawdust

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 1435
  • Age: 72
  • Location: worcester,vt.
  • Gender: Male
    • Share Post
Re: Smells like rootbear!
« Reply #12 on: February 08, 2019, 08:58:55 AM »
Yelllow birch is a treat to saw when fresh,and yes the root beer smell has me looking around for the wife and some vanilla ice cream.
Mick
1997 WM Lt30 1999 WM twin blade edger Kubota L3750 Tajfun winchGood Health Work is my hobby.

Offline samandothers

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 2678
  • Location: Charlotte NC To SW Va.
  • Gender: Male
  • Been learning on FF since 1/20/12
    • Share Post
Re: Smells like rootbear!
« Reply #13 on: February 08, 2019, 09:16:28 AM »
I remember my grandmother and mother would boil the roots of sassafras to make tea.  I sure was good.  Brings back memories.  I find some smaller plants on our land in Va from time to time. 

Offline Ron Wenrich

  • Forester
  • Administrator
  • *****
  • Posts: 13763
  • Age: 70
  • Location: Jonestown, PA
  • Gender: Male
    • Share Post
Re: Smells like rootbear!
« Reply #14 on: February 08, 2019, 09:46:40 AM »
Betula lenta, not betula nigari.   In New England, you might call it cherry birch.  Similar bark to sweet cherry.  My area it goes as black birch or some might say sweet birch.  
Never under estimate the power of stupid people in large groups.

Online LeeB

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 7731
  • Age: 59
  • Location: Yellville Arkansas
  • Gender: Male
  • proud to be a TEXAN in Arkansas
    • Share Post
Re: Smells like rootbear!
« Reply #15 on: February 08, 2019, 12:55:17 PM »
I had a recipe for rootbeer once that called for sassafras and birch both. Had a few other extractives that I can't remember. I never made it because I didn't have the birch. 
'98 LT40HDD/Lombardini, Case 580L, Cat D4C, JD 3032 tractor, JD 5410 tractor, Husky 346, 372 and 562XP's. Stihl MS180 and MS361, 1998 and 2006 3/4 Ton 5.9 Cummins 4x4's, 1989 Dodge D100 w/ 318, and a 1966 Chevy C60 w/ dump bed.

Online Bruno of NH

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 2744
  • Age: 53
  • Location: Springfield NH
  • Gender: Male
    • Share Post
Re: Smells like rootbear!
« Reply #16 on: February 08, 2019, 02:33:59 PM »
Looks like the yellow birch I have sawn
I have sawn one black birch but log it wasn't as light colored
thomas 8013 mill ,Mahindra 3540 cab tractor loader  Dump trailer  and lot of contracting tools

Offline Dave Shepard

  • Senior Member x2
  • *****
  • Posts: 11015
  • Age: 2014
  • Location: Alford Massachusetts
  • Gender: Male
  • Geometrically proportional
    • Share Post
    • My homepage
Re: Smells like rootbear!
« Reply #17 on: February 08, 2019, 04:32:54 PM »
I've sawn a little lenta. Smells great. I've made tea from the bark. I've never sawn nigra. Haven't found a log big enough. It's usually a clumped ornamental planting. 
Wood-Mizer LT40HDD51-WR Wireless, Kubota L48, Honda Rincon 650, TJ208 G-S, and a 60"Logrite!


Share via delicious Share via digg Share via facebook Share via linkedin Share via pinterest Share via reddit Share via stumble Share via tumblr Share via twitter

xx
what smells?

Started by ely on Sawmills and Milling

7 Replies
1686 Views
Last post November 29, 2007, 11:45:17 AM
by Stephen
xx
it really smells bad!!!!

Started by timcosby on Sawmills and Milling

6 Replies
1827 Views
Last post June 02, 2006, 10:18:26 PM
by timcosby
xx
it sure smells good!

Started by hiya on General Board

6 Replies
1133 Views
Last post April 06, 2004, 07:04:38 PM
by hiya
xx
My house smells

Started by r.man on General Board

19 Replies
1858 Views
Last post October 13, 2015, 05:35:09 PM
by Glenn
 


Powered by EzPortal