Common Firewood Terms (Jargon) To ensure you aren’t lost when shopping around for firewood there are three important terms to recognize: Cord: Unit of measurement, when purchasing firewood you purchase it by the cord, a cord is 8′ long x 4′ high x 4′ deep. Beech trees have skin-like grey bark. If you’ve ever seen a tree with a heart or initials carved into it, this usually happens on the trunks of Beech trees, because the bark is so tight and paper-like (and thus very easy to carve). (I go to a mulching facility about once a week and there are usually what look to be good cut logs which I've been "transporting" to another location.) Some types of trees have very distinctive barks, while others can be a little more challenging to identify. :greenchainsaw: Pines and cedars have easily recognisable rough bark, oaks and other hardwoods tend to have smoother bark. Before starting, please have a look at The Truth Behind Wood Identification to approach the task in a proper mindset; I consider the linked article to be required reading for all those visiting my site with the intent of identifying wood. When I first put this site together more than a decade ago, its purpose was to exist as a resource for students in forestry who needed to learn to identify wood as part of their curriculum. Over the years, I began fielding questions from a more diverse audience worldwide including wood workers, carpenters, sawmill managers, historical societies, and archeologists. Can anyone refer me to a good online guide (or easily available book, pamphlet, etc.) Seasoned: Dry wood. Most cut logs also will have some bark, which can be a good identifier. While identifying trees by their bark, the outer layer that protects the tree, is not an exact science, it can be a fun way to put your interest in and passion for nature into practice. Cherry bark, like the bark of most fruit trees, can be easily identified by the horizontal lines. Green: Unseasoned wood that is still full of moisture. Apr 6, 2018 - Explore Steve Ferrick's board "Tree Bark Identification" on Pinterest. See more ideas about tree, tree identification, tree bark. Get a leaf guide if you are not adept at identifying trees. A mature cherry tree has scaly, almost flaky bark; younger trees have smooth bark, much like a Birch. When attempting to identify a wood sample, it’s important to keep in mind the limitations and obstacles that are present in our task. Even cut firewood may have some twigs or branches with leaf remnants, which will help identify the tree. The easiest way to identify Beech trees / firewood, is by the bark. on how identify already-cut logs in terms of their suitability as firewood?