Oak or Maple?

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by gabriel, Mar 13, 2009.

  1. gabriel

    gabriel Smoke Blower

    I picked up this wood from someone last night and she claimed it was oak but I think it's maple...cause the bark looks the same as the grain on several other maples I've picked up. Can anyone tell which is which from just the wood without leaves? I don't know what an Oak would really look like.

  2. trapper

    trapper Smoke Blower

    It is hard for me to tell from the picture but my first impression is elm or maybe ash. Sure doesn't look like oak or maple to me but I could be easily mistaken.
  3. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    the first pic looks like ash to me, can't really tell from the second.
    but the more I look at it maybe a young oak...burn it and see if ya like it. it's a hardwood for sure :)

    I don't see maple.
  4. gabriel

    gabriel Smoke Blower

  5. vtanker

    vtanker Meat Mopper

    looks like poplar or ash to me.
  6. alx

    alx Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Hard to tell.What type of maple grows in your area -as it doesnt look like silver or red.Looks like vines grew up it or maybe thats my eyesight.Could be young oak.Heck of a challenge not being from your area and such.
  7. capt dan

    capt dan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Its not maple, looks more like ash to me. possibly white oak, but not the red oak
  8. cigarbque

    cigarbque Smoke Blower


    I live in a heavly wooded area of north western NJ. 80% of what we have here is ash and that sure looks like what you have there.
  9. trapper

    trapper Smoke Blower

    Just to add, I went to a pig roast last year and the guy used ash (by mistake). He thought he was using hickory and when I told him it was ash he told me not to tell anybody. The pork tasted just fine to me and nobody else seemed to notice.
  10. meat hunter

    meat hunter Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    It is not Oak. Id say Chinese Elm or Ash. Leaning more towards Chinese Elm by the way those shooters coming off the main parts and the loose growth rings. Chinese Elm is known for use in windbreaks and is a very fast grower. The leaves off an Elm are medium in size (2-4") and somewhat football shaped with jagged edges. I would burn it in a fireplace but not a smoker. Maple will have a flatter bark and smoother bark to it. UPDATE. Just looked at your photobucket pics. Photo number 5 is Maple. Untrimmed, maple will grow like a cluster, which looks like that one in pic #5.
  11. capt dan

    capt dan Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nothing wrong with ash, its a great fuel wood for stickburners, light in flavor or taste. even lighter than maple.
  12. sagittarius

    sagittarius Newbie

    Actually, that stuff looks exactly like box elder, which is a type of maple. It is very soft, does not burn well, makes alot of ash. Been slowly trying to get rid of that stuff on my property for years.
  13. If you can cut the end off of a round, to show the end grain, that would help. And if you can split a round and show the grain that will help to ID the wood also.
  14. trapper

    trapper Smoke Blower

    If it won't split I am calling it elm. That stuff sux!
  15. gabriel

    gabriel Smoke Blower

    I'm probably going to try to rent a wood splitter. I have probably 15-20 large logs like that in my garage now. The wife's getting a bit annoyed and now that it's getting warmer I plan to stack it in the back yard. Hope the splitter's not too expensive and easy to use.
  16. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You store logs in your garage? Man I can't even get my car in there!!
  17. pinkmeat

    pinkmeat Smoking Fanatic

    Dude. Get a $20 axe and grow a pair.[​IMG]

    Splitting wood is good stress relief.

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