Wood identification help

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by crunchtime1102, Jun 21, 2014.

  1. I just picked up a truck load of wood from a guy in my town, it was a mix of Osage, Mulberry, Maple, Hickory, and Apple. Only problem is It was generally mixed. I can identify the apple because of the bark and all the twigs. Anyone have a handy guide to identify the different types by bark and color? Also tips on easiest ways to chop it down would be great too. Thanks
  2. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Sometimes it difficult to judge by color alone, especially with the variety you're talking about. You may need to take a few pieces and scrape the bark away and smell the bark and wood. You can scrape off some shavings and smell the fresh wood, or put in a burned-out tin can and place over a burner or other heat source to get it smoking...smell the smoke and compare it to the other types of wood. You should be able to notice the subtle differences from the smoke aromas...hickory being sharp; apple sweet and mild; maple slightly sweet with a rich and earthy background, yet heavier than apple, etc.

    It will be a process of elimination, and then determining which pieces match by color, grain and type of bark and sorting them out based on everything you've found to specific to that type.

    Some of this may not seem like much help, but using the wood smoke has worked for me in the past...maybe not the best for actually identifying the wood, but does help to sort some species, at the minimum.

    Last edited: Jun 22, 2014

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