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Unread 07-16-2011, 10:39 AM   #1
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Default What type of wood is this?

I havent learned my tree barks yet. Can anyone tell me what kind of wood these 2 trees are.

I scored a bunch of both but dont know if they are ok to cook with.
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Unread 07-16-2011, 10:45 AM   #2
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The first looks like fir to me. The second looks like oak. I could be way off, though. I'm no expert.
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Unread 07-16-2011, 10:46 AM   #3
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It can be very tough by bark alone. A leaf or two would really help.

Top Log: It *could* be hickory. Split it. If it's "stringy" and hard to split, it's got a better chance of being hickory. Some fir trees have similar bark. Hickory = great; fir = not.

Bottom Log: Lots of different trees have bark like this when they're young, from small hickory trees to small poplar trees. To me, right off, it looks like it's probably a tulip poplar tree. NO GOOD.


I've had back luck smokin' with "mystery wood".
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The top one looks like a pine of some sort, I believe I actually see pine needles dug into it. Don't use it.

Hickory would be best guess on the bottom one.
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Unread 07-16-2011, 12:45 PM   #5
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first look like a hickory second looks like a maple, but the first could also be some type of oak
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first one looks like some kind of Ash, second is definitly red oak.
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The first looks like oak whether it is Live, Water, Red, or White I don't know but it looks like Live Oak bark to me. (Ash is very similar so that could be ash too but I don't know)

The second looks like a fruit wood to me.

I don't see pine at all in either of those.
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Its not pine. What u see is pieces of grass stuck to it
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The top one definitely looks like a fir of some sort and the bottom may be Poplar...
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Wow, I guess we have a hung jury on this one. Leaves or (shudder) needles would be very helpful.
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Sorry no leaves or needles. Got them from a place in the county where tree trimming businesses unload.
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Good looking firepit wood! Bag smoking with it if nobody recognizes it.
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The first one does look like some type of fir or pine.

But the second one, that chunk on the ground behind it looks a lot like hickory to me.
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Its definetly not pine. I know pine. The chunk on the ground in the second pic is the same piece from the first pic. I think im just gonna burn in my fire pit for campfires
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The one on top even looks like pecan. I have no clue about the bottom one, but if they are fresh cut, you will smell the pine and even see sap oozinig out from the cut line. Even if you can't cook with it, if it's free, I'd stock up and use in in the fire pir or fireplace. Can't beat free for heating wood.
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