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Monte Pittman

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10-20-2013 12:17 AM

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After our snow storm, there were thousands of trees damaged. Trying to make the best of a bad situation, I have beenttrying to get any logs and keep them from the evil firewood collectors. These logs were sitting by the curb for pickup. They were big enough to slab so I took them. Initially I thought they were boxelder. Now I am not so sure. When I sawed them they didn’t smell like boxelder. Very hard and heavy. Any suggestions?

Thanks for looking

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#1 posted 10-20-2013 12:23 AM


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#2 posted 10-20-2013 12:25 AM

Great find Monte, go get all you can. I can’t help you here.

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#3 posted 10-20-2013 12:28 AM

The leaves are elm.

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#4 posted 10-20-2013 12:43 AM

Whatever it is, it sure is pretty AND free wood is always pretty, whatever it is :-) Happy for you Monte.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#5 posted 10-20-2013 12:55 AM

The dark part does seem like elm, but the other elm trees I have cut in this area have not had that wide of sap layer.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 10-20-2013 01:48 AM

Great find Monte, Its Elm. I look forward to seeing what this ends up becoming after you get done with assembling what mother nature provided.

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#7 posted 10-20-2013 01:56 AM

Lot’s of different types of elm. Around here we have mostly cedar elm, which is what yours looks like, but I doubt it.
Grab a wet piece and put it in the oven at about 200°. after a short time, you’ll smell it. If it smells like piss it’s a North American elm, and is never going to lose the smell.
I’m not too conversant with other elms, although I dd play with some small chunks a friend brought me from North Carolina. No idea of the type, but it was fun to use.

I have about a dozen cedar elms here that need to be brought down. I hope to get to them this winter.

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#8 posted 10-20-2013 02:05 AM

Dallas that’s too true….up here we call it piss elm. Have only tried using it for firewood, impossible to split or dry. Hope it works out better for you Monte than my experience.

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#9 posted 10-20-2013 02:15 AM

Nice slabs….whatever it is. I agree with Doc….get all ya can.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#10 posted 10-20-2013 02:24 AM

iron wood

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#11 posted 10-20-2013 02:28 AM

if its elm

burn it


it doesn’t smell right

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#12 posted 10-20-2013 03:16 AM

Monte, looks like you have your sawmill well tuned and cutting good. Is the snow all melted? Looks like it by the pictures.

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#13 posted 10-20-2013 03:16 AM

The leaves sure look elm to me. Grab what you can. Its beautiful.

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#14 posted 10-20-2013 03:24 AM

im with the others with it being elm…enjoy making something great with it…

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#15 posted 10-20-2013 03:46 AM

If the bark comes off fairly easily & is slimy under the bark, is a sure sign of slippery elm.

-- Ted, TX or PA

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