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Guy swears it's hickory?
« on: February 27, 2019, 09:45:48 PM »
Picked up this load late this evening and I admit two things, "I;m rusty on my wood ID & I'm wayyyyy outta shape.
Anyhow, it was free & so was the lecture on the wood type...this guys swears its rare strain of hickory ::).
I think perhaps white oak.
I didn't see any nuts lying about, the small twigs/limbs were limber, but hard to snap, and it weighed a ton.
Yet, my MS 261c chewed through it a little quicker than most hickory I've encountered. 
Maybe I'm underestimating my saw with square chisel & a 16 in bar!!  ;D smiley_chop
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Re: Guy swears it's hickory?
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2019, 11:14:27 PM »
Picked up this load late this evening and I admit two things, "I;m rusty on my wood ID & I'm wayyyyy outta shape.
Anyhow, it was free & so was the lecture on the wood type...this guys swears its rare strain of hickory ::).
I think perhaps white oak.
I didn't see any nuts lying about, the small twigs/limbs were limber, but hard to snap, and it weighed a ton.
Yet, my MS 261c chewed through it a little quicker than most hickory I've encountered.
Maybe I'm underestimating my saw with square chisel & a 16 in bar!!  ;D smiley_chop
Here are the best pics I could muster.
What are you guys thoughts?

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Re: Guy swears it's hickory?
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2019, 05:33:40 AM »
It sure looks like white oak, but it could be ash too. Hickory would be way down the list if guesses for me.
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Re: Guy swears it's hickory?
« Reply #3 on: February 28, 2019, 05:57:43 AM »
My guess is ash, but will wait on Danny to override ;D
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Re: Guy swears it's hickory?
« Reply #4 on: February 28, 2019, 06:19:45 AM »
My guess would be black gum

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Re: Guy swears it's hickory?
« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2019, 07:50:21 AM »
It is definitely ash.  That green lichen loves to grow on ash.  It does not grow on hickory.  Note the small twig in the third pic on the right near the small log showing the end grain.  It is opposite branched like it should be for ash.  Hickory is alternate branched. 
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Re: Guy swears it's hickory?
« Reply #6 on: February 28, 2019, 08:17:25 AM »
I am no expert by any means and if Danny says Ash he is most likely correct... but I have never known ash to be considered "heavy" or its branches to be "flexible". Its among the lightest weight and the branches probably the most brittle of any hardwood tree I have cut.

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Re: Guy swears it's hickory?
« Reply #7 on: February 28, 2019, 08:26:33 AM »
Ash twigs are brittle and break easily.
White ash here has a substantial area brown of heartwood.
The bark is ash like tho.
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Re: Guy swears it's hickory?
« Reply #8 on: February 28, 2019, 04:36:46 PM »
Well, just spoke with the guy I got it from and these are his words, "Yeah, it used to drop a bumper crop of nuts every other year fer many years yung feller...tastiest dern hickory nuts I ever did taste ;)!" :D smiley_clapping
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Re: Guy swears it's hickory?
« Reply #9 on: February 28, 2019, 06:12:16 PM »
Everything that I can see in those pictures says ash to me. I've mistaken pignut for ash, but only until I tried to saw it.  :D
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Re: Guy swears it's hickory?
« Reply #10 on: March 01, 2019, 07:23:15 AM »
If that guy is eating nuts off that tree, that guy is a nut :D.
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Re: Guy swears it's hickory?
« Reply #11 on: March 01, 2019, 08:56:33 AM »
My vote is also Ash.

Maybe there is a Hickory tree uphill or over a roof.  My parents have one over their roof and it will shoot nuts 60-75 yards or so on occasion.

Either way looks like you have some good firewood.   ;)
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Re: Guy swears it's hickory?
« Reply #12 on: March 01, 2019, 10:44:16 AM »
He's an old guy, maybe he got a kick out of trying to get you to climb an ash tree to pick some hickory nuts some day....they can be that way you know.   :D  Back when I lived where we had propane lights and refrigerators a guy came passing by on the river who had every gadget that LL Bean sold and he was in complete awe that refrigerators could run on propane, so being a wise guy I told him I even had a propane TV set from LL Bean (it was battery) just trying to one up him.  Well the guy asked if he could stop by my camp and look at it that evening so when he arrived I had stuck a piece of copper tube into the back of the TV and the other end into the log chinking, I was sitting there watching it when he paddled up.  Absolutely horrible reception as the only station it would get was in Quebec and that was probably 75 miles away, but there I sat watching it.  He was in complete awe and to top it off I said that I needed to change the tank and that was why the screen was so fuzzy with all the lines running across it.  He bought it hook, line, and sinker.  I even told him where in the store they carried them as he was going to pick one up on his way home.  I really wish I could have been a fly on the wall when he was in the store...
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Re: Guy swears it's hickory?
« Reply #13 on: March 02, 2019, 10:47:28 PM »
****UPDATED SPLIT PICS****
Split a few rounds earlier today and it was gnarly, stringy, and full of knots! :'( fiddle-smiley huh-smiley
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Re: Guy swears it's hickory?
« Reply #14 on: March 02, 2019, 10:49:41 PM »
My vote is also Ash.

Maybe there is a Hickory tree uphill or over a roof.  My parents have one over their roof and it will shoot nuts 60-75 yards or so on occasion.

Either way looks like you have some good firewood.   ;)

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Re: Guy swears it's hickory?
« Reply #15 on: March 02, 2019, 11:33:22 PM »
What does it smell like?  It has no heart wood at all.  
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Re: Guy swears it's hickory?
« Reply #16 on: March 03, 2019, 12:10:45 AM »
What does it smell like?  It has no heart wood at all.  
Smells kinda sweet/milky like

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Re: Guy swears it's hickory?
« Reply #17 on: March 03, 2019, 12:46:12 AM »
It kind of looks and acts like the Elm we have here not much for heart  , fairly heavy and stringy when split and if It was standing dead will have that sweet milky smell . 
We no longer have any huge Elm because beetle went through in late 70's killed most of them we have a few left on our place about 12" now cut the odd one by mistake for wood and I have milled some anyway that's what it looks like to me.
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Re: Guy swears it's hickory?
« Reply #18 on: March 03, 2019, 05:52:00 AM »
It kind of looks and acts like the Elm we have here not much for heart  , fairly heavy and stringy when split and if It was standing dead will have that sweet milky smell .
We no longer have any huge Elm because beetle went through in late 70's killed most of them we have a few left on our place about 12" now cut the odd one by mistake for wood and I have milled some anyway that's what it looks like to me.
Hmm...someone else had mentioned elm as well.
Any particular type of elm & is it decent firewood?

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Re: Guy swears it's hickory?
« Reply #19 on: March 03, 2019, 07:40:55 AM »
Oh yea of little faith ;D.  If it was elm, it would not have ash bark :).  
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