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Free Firewood logs id - potentially black walnut?
« on: May 29, 2019, 11:53:56 AM »
Found a listing for free firewood in my area and I am having a hard time identifying it. I have hopes maybe it is some black walnut and I can use the wood for small projects - but I am really not sure. The owner of the ad does not know what type of wood it is. The bark looks more like black locust to me but the heartwood looks too dark, the locust I have encountered is more of a lighter yellow / brown. Also I am thinking potentially elm? Anyway wondering if anyone can help me ID it 


 

 

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Re: Free Firewood logs id - potentially black walnut?
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2019, 08:44:30 PM »
Could be elm.  If so, the latewood pores will be arranged in wavy bands.  My first thought was catalpa. 
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Re: Free Firewood logs id - potentially black walnut?
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2019, 09:04:03 PM »
I love the people who have had a tree in their yard for years and they think it is walnut.
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Re: Free Firewood logs id - potentially black walnut?
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2019, 07:31:24 AM »
Take a razor knife and make a clean slice on the end grain.  If elm, you will be able to see the wavy bands of pores very easily.  Here are some pics of what it will look like.

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Re: Free Firewood logs id - potentially black walnut?
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2019, 03:35:45 PM »
   I first saw it and wondered if it might be Chinese Chestnut. A neighbor cut a row of them a little while back and they look a lot like that.
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Re: Free Firewood logs id - potentially black walnut?
« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2019, 03:41:21 PM »
@WDH  I believe I do see the wavy late pores of Elm on the bottom half of the cut out section, included pic. I ended going and getting a load of whatever it is. It is also very wet, when I try to split it (rather unsuccessfully) water will literally splash from the axe indentation. Also smells pretty bad, smells like band-aids, similar to Tulip Poplar imo. 



 

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Re: Free Firewood logs id - potentially black walnut?
« Reply #6 on: May 31, 2019, 08:19:49 PM »
Yes Sir.  Nice clean slice.  You have elm. 
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« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2019, 11:16:05 PM »
And Elm is horrible to split!

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Re: Free Firewood logs id - potentially black walnut?
« Reply #8 on: June 07, 2019, 08:01:06 AM »
I did it then wondered, "Why did you do this?".  Load of elm logs.  Spiral grain city.  Now to figure out how to saw them to minimize warp.  Two are big enough to quartersaw, but the other 5 are not :)



 
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Re: Free Firewood logs id - potentially black walnut?
« Reply #9 on: June 07, 2019, 10:01:50 AM »
Cookies, cookies, cookies!!!  ;D
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Re: Free Firewood logs id - potentially black walnut?
« Reply #10 on: June 07, 2019, 08:39:20 PM »
Don't have to worry about the cookies cracking on the bottom two logs.  They are already cracked :).
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« Reply #11 on: June 07, 2019, 09:28:06 PM »
Some folks have a sweet tooth and like cookies, other like crackers.
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