I'm curious so I'll try splitting it when I go out in awhile....still sitting on my ass drinking coffee lol. As heavy as it is, something tells me its hard/dense stuff. I've dropped a few trees and cut them up in the past and don't ever remember any being as heavy as this trunk.Might be elm. Try splitting some, ash will be easy, elm not so much. I'd burn elm over anything, leaves little ashes in stove.
Guy I knew died from breathing in poison ivy smoke about 10 years ago. He and his wife bought a few acres to build a house on and were cleaning up and burning the brush. Turned out it had poison ivy in it and just by breathing the smoke something happened to his lungs.With the poison ivy that embedded itself into that tree i would not give it to anyone to burn... any oils left on the wood can and will fuck up anyone the is allergic to that shit..
I personally avoid poison ivy more than any other thing besides yellow jackets. Both fuck me up bad.
Speaking of firewood...see the few 2x12s on the right? I was using them for a workbench on my pump jacks out back. But having sat idle for a few years, the weather took a toll on them so out they go. I cut them into 3' lengths thinking the guy may want them too. Are those pieces worth using for firewood or will they burn up too quick? View attachment 104944
Happened to a friend of mine years ago, apparently he said you get poison ivy IN your lungs! He spent 2 weeks in the hospital but is fine now. As far as the logs go I would burn them since you scraped the bark off, but maybe I'm wrong...Racinduallie could tell you for sure, trees are what he does.^^^ Now you guys are giving me cause for concern. I knew about breathing the smoke being bad, but didn't think the ivy sitting outside the bark would leach oil into the wood. And all the bark fell of where the ivy was attached. There's a few hairs left that were under the bark at the lowest part of the stump. but no where else did it grow under the bark. If these folks burn that stuff next winter with a bunch of guests present, hate to be responsible for them getting ill or worse! Maybe this guy doesn't know the hazards either
I " liked " your post but in reality i dont like it at all . Im only quoting this so anyone watching understands how bad poison ivy smoke can be . I used to work with a guy that put himself in the ER burning that shit.Guy I knew died from breathing in poison ivy smoke about 10 years ago. He and his wife bought a few acres to build a house on and were cleaning up and burning the brush. Turned out it had poison ivy in it and just by breathing the smoke something happened to his lungs.
You may be right...tried to split and was hard as a rock. Slammed with a sledgehammer and barely left a divot. A sharp 2" scraper would penetrate about 1/4" with a firm wack. I don't see any rot other than the end of one branch. I'll see what the guy wants to do with it after I mention the Poison Ivy. He said he wanted it last month when it was still standing.CT, well then definitely American Elm.
Really no good for firewood, almost impossible to split by hand plus looking at the ends of the chunks, the wood has already started to rot. Take to the landfill/disposal site or burn in the outdoor fire pit (if you even can get it to go).