What type of wood is this???

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by brentman0110, May 1, 2008.

  1. brentman0110

    brentman0110 Meat Mopper

    I know some of you fella's will know what type of wood this is??? These are branches from a tree that was just taken down. The trunk was about 4 feet across and the branches shown here are about 6 inches in diameter.
  2. crewcab4x4

    crewcab4x4 Smoking Fanatic

    It almost looks like oasge orange or hedge as some people call it. I say that beacause of the yellowish orange color of the wood.
    I could be right or I could be wrong.
  3. coyote1263

    coyote1263 Newbie

    looks like hedge
  4. brentman0110

    brentman0110 Meat Mopper

    Hmmm. Don't think it is hedge. Most Hedge trees that I have seen have a trunk that kind of splits into two or more trunks. This one had a massive trunk...4 feet in diameter and was 50+ feet tall. Unfortunatly, they took it before the leaves started so I cannot see one of those. But, I did not see any indication of old hedgeapples. One last thng, when these branches were cut, it did have sap coming out...
  5. rivet

    rivet Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    That looks a lot like redbud, or as I call it to my wife's chagrin, "golden oak". We had one of those come down during last year's ice storm and the yellow wood looks a lot like my former tree. The giveaway for redbud though is that the fibres of the wood kind of twist around as the tree grows upwards, giving the wood a lot of strength and making it a pain in the *** to cut or trim. I took a close look at the bark in your photos and it looks like that too. There should be a reddish hue to the bark, but I can't make it out from the pictures.
  6. brentman0110

    brentman0110 Meat Mopper

    Maybe I will just wait till it dries out and sling a hunk into the fire and see what type of smell it slings back..

  7. lcruzen

    lcruzen Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Choke cherry?
  8. Almost looks like Mullbery

    took one down in my yard last year..

    burns real fast and almost no coals from it, similar to burning poplar
  9. brentman0110

    brentman0110 Meat Mopper

    Good for smoking?
  10. I'm 99% sure that is is ELM. I just cut down an elm tree on my place and this looks just like what I cut down.
  11. reddog

    reddog Fire Starter

    Sure could use some foilage to help I.D. that tree. That is the best way to I.D. plants.
  12. packplantpath

    packplantpath Smoking Fanatic

    Where you are located might help too.
  13. brentman0110

    brentman0110 Meat Mopper

    Yeah, the foilage was no where to be found. These big arse branches were bare. I am located in nashville, Tennessee.
  14. brentman0110

    brentman0110 Meat Mopper

    A couple more pics of one of the bigger branches...
  15. I have never seen a tree with black sap so I tryed googling it. The only thing I could find about trees with black sap was sudden oak death. The University of Tennissee extension should be able to identify the wood and tell if it has SOD. If it is possible that the wood has SOD they need to know because it is destroying oak forrests in California and Oregon. Tennessee is the nations largest hardwood producer.

    Here is a link to the UT extension.

  16. coyote1263

    coyote1263 Newbie

    hedge or osage orange
  17. master_dman

    master_dman Meat Mopper

    Looks like a red elm.
  18. packplantpath

    packplantpath Smoking Fanatic

    Heh, looks like everybody has a different opinion.

    In that case, I call it firewood.
  19. I think rwc565 hit it on the head. The bark sure looks like it. Try splitting a piece from the straightest piece you can find. If it doesn't split easy or clean it's probably elm. Elm is bugger to split. Don't think it would make good smoking wood.
  20. meatballtn

    meatballtn Fire Starter

    Hi guys ! I'm new to the board but that wood almost looks like black locust to me. If it is locust it will burn hot, don't know about the smoke flavor, it'll be hard to split too.

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