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Forum topic by Elizabeth posted 04-16-2013 10:09 PM 1105 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-16-2013 10:09 PM

Pics are kind of small. This has turned up on CL today. Any ideas whether it would be hardwood or not? Maybe maple?

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#1 posted 04-16-2013 10:24 PM

By the bark and the brown spiked balls laying on the ground, I’d say its a sweet gum. I don’t know how it works, but it burns fine.

-- if at first you don't succeed, get the bigger hammer

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#2 posted 04-16-2013 11:22 PM

If it is in fact Sweet Gum, the grain wonders every way possible. Very difficult to split without a powered spliter but it burns terrifically. Very hot and little ash remains. I experienced this personally in Goldsboro, NC in 1979-80. Took down a tree diameter of base was 38”. I couldn’t do anything from a woodworker’s stand point including turning. But, it kept us warm for two winters.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#3 posted 04-16-2013 11:38 PM

If the person who cut it down had to rake many of its seed pods, they probably found it sweet revenge

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#4 posted 04-17-2013 04:17 PM

I decided to stop by and grab some after work – if it is sweet gum, I’ve heard it’s a devil to dry and there’s a large loss percentage but what does make it through is beautiful. I arrived at the same time as another fellow and between us we pretty much cleared out the lot of it – he had a pickup though, and was amused at my filling the trunk of my husband’s Mazda 3!

Here are some more photos – in the last one, the ends have been sealed with anchorseal.

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#5 posted 04-17-2013 05:04 PM

Those burrs/balls are definitely Sweet Gum See what ya can do with it. I’d guess not a green wood bowl. Enjoy!

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#6 posted 04-18-2013 02:05 AM

Yep’ those are definately the dreaded sweet gum balls (lethal projectiles from a lawnmower).

You need a truck or trailer! Mazda trunk full of wood pics would be good.

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#7 posted 04-18-2013 03:07 AM

Hah, I always forget to get the photos of my car loaded down with odd things. You should have seen when an entire Sawstop was in my station wagon. Or 50 feet of steel dust ducting.

Sadly, I have the Mazda as the commute car now, as we traded the wagon for a minivan when the kiddo got too big to easily maneuver in and out of a carseat in the mazda. So my husband has the van and the kid during the day. He has, however, volunteered to go pick up any mid-day wood scores that I find. But this one was on my way home from work.

Which reminds me, I still need to vacuum out the trunk of the mazda…

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