To read and vote, you can also visit this hub please https://hubpages.com/community/Hubnugget-Wars Love and blessings. Is it hard to split? … Seasoned wood will look greyish and dusty on the outside and whitish on the inside. He is a member of the Society of American Foresters. I wish I had access to more of it!). Rachel Koski Nielsen (author) from Pennsylvania, now farming in Minnesota on July 15, 2012: Hey there Tmbridgeland - Thanks for the vote and comment! Large rounds need wedges and splitting mauls; axes, even sharp ones, will only get caught in the tight grain (trust me). One of them has very dark bark and dark orangey wood with darker red veins running through it. That being said, I really enjoyed reading this article. Then split it and leave it to season a little longer before burning. Thanks for the great info. Really straight, veneer-quality Red Oak shouldn’t even be wasted on firewood, if you ask me—rive some fence boards or split some shingles or fence rails, instead! The most common North American tree is the red alder. Living Well Now from Near Indianapolis on July 17, 2012: I have a pile of Norway maple ready to split with my Fiskars when the weather isn't so danged hot. Split-Ability: Medium/HardHeat: HighKindling Grade: B-Cook Wood Grade: A, First of all, there are at least 30 different types of oak, including Red, White, Scarlet, Swamp, Black, Cherrybark, Pin, Jack, and so on. Being an old woodworker, I would try to salvage that Black Cherry for reuse in furniture these days. Types of hardwood and softwood explored. It works pretty well on sassafras though. Or maybe it's already seasoned up a bit? As a resource, American Hardwoods are abundant, renewing and sustainable, and an excellent choice for eco-effective design and building. Red Oak used to be used for roof shingles and exterior siding. Fatwood comes from the trunks and crotches dead pine trees, where the sap has collected. It will smell more faint than fresh-cut firewood. I can always tell that a piece of firewood is oak because of the faint horizontal lines that run against the grain. Forget it! It has oval-shaped leaves and a reddish-brown bark. Red Oak also produces a good amount of quality coals, so it’s a good choice for the last piece of wood you shove in your woodstove before going to bed. Your info on Sassafras wood might include the fact that it is quite noisy. Split-Ability: DifficultHeat: Very HighKindling Grade: CCook Wood Grade: A-. Also, it burns clean and leaves little soot. The wood is so heavy, and the grain so dense, that an earth-fast locust fence post can easily last 50 years. We had a guy come and look at a huge black walnut that went down the farm we used to manage. This incredible kindling goes by many names, including "fatwood," "fat lighter," "lighter wood," "pine knot," and "lighter'd" (often pronounced "ladder'd" in the South). I am surprised these days at how many adults, not to mention kids who cannot tell the difference between trees, even with the leaves still on them. Here are some of the most common hardwood trees found in North America, along with their scientific names. Nice talking to you, and good luck with everything! I've got some scarlet oak and a bit of cherry waiting for a break in the heat, too :). Hickory trees are planted widely for shade, hardwood, and are a habitat to small animals and birds. What a waste! Beautiful! I would also have to travel around the United States, and eventually the whole world, in order to get a meaningful experience with each type. Cherry may not be the hottest-burning firewood, but it can be much easier to split than other types of hardwood, and that means that if you’re chopping cherry by hand, you will tend to have firewood in abundance. Cover the top of the wood to prevent it from getting wet, but leave the ends of the stack uncovered so that air can still flow. Question: Which is easier to split, seasoned or green wood? I also like you love the chore of firewood. I’ve usually seen them 20–50 feet tall, though sometimes they grow up to 90 feet. Rachel Koski Nielsen (author) from Pennsylvania, now farming in Minnesota on August 03, 2012: Grandmapearl - I use a Stihl MS 211 - it's lightweight and awesome, but only has a 16 inch bar. Scroll over the materials below for a 'snap shot' of their properties and click to learn more. The Guide to American Hardwood Species. I'm really glad you enjoyed it. Connie Smith from Southern Tier New York State on August 02, 2012: FarmerRachel, I really enjoyed this article. Maybe I should include elm in a later hub. This Guide features 20 of the most abundant and most often used Hardwood species. The Black Cherry is a relatively small hardwood tree, usually growing from 30 to 60 feet tall, sometimes up to 80 feet. http://www.normatherm.com/Fireplace-WebApp/, In all my experiences with ash, it has been extremely easy to split! And having cordwood delivered? I don't personally use a lot of maple because I have so much oak available, but I do know it's not such a bad wood for heating. It's also much easier to get a fire going and keep it going with seasoned wood, as it contains much less liquid. For maximum split-ability, cut your wood and leave it out to dry for 6 months to a year. The texture and density of the wood a tree produces puts it in either the hardwood or softwood category. As far as getting the firewood, I guess log-splitters are great and all, but they’re dangerous, burn too much fuel, and don’t afford me enough exercise. Sassafras also has a really fun smell to it, one that really confused me when I first started working with the stuff; I almost doubted whether it was a hardwood at all! In hardwoods, which are angiosperms, the ovule, or … You get plenty of exercise and fresh air chopping wood, and then there’s the personal connection you can make with the world around you. Voted up on your hub. Seasoned wood burns hotter and results in less creosote buildup in your fireplace than green wood. Once you have a round opened up, taking out the heart can help; that seems to break the grain tension. I think seedlings are also available (for $1 each, in bundles of ten for $10) from the Missouri Department of Conservation. In general, softwoods take 6–12 months to season, whereas oak and other hardwoods take 1–2 years minimum. Be Sassafras was the best variety of Ash trees and they aren t. In Europe include the fact that it is easy to understand and worthy thoughts some. 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