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post #1 of 9 Old 12-20-2018, 04:50 PM Thread Starter
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Identify this type of wood

Can anyone tell me what kind of wood this is? I just took some of these down from in my basement. It was already up when i moved here.




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I would guess #2 and Better common white pine


It might be pretty old because for a long time they just stamp it SPF or Spruce, Pine, or Fir
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Could it possibly be birch?
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It's white pine, it is not birch.
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Could it possibly be birch?

That is what I thought of first, because of the BIR, but after looking at the grain I think it is BTR, the crossbar on the tee didn't get embedded on the wood

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I went through each plank. Only one other had the stamp on it. So here is the other piece.




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That is what I thought of first, because of the BIR, but after looking at the grain I think it is BTR, the crossbar on the tee didn't get embedded on the wood
its less disturbing then the O that got cut off in this one....










But it does look like a T on this one.
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Number 2 and Better grade. Probably pine, judging by the knots and the grain patterns around the knots.


Can you see the patches of blue stain near some of the knots?
It's bug-wood. Has to be. Pine which has been infested and probably killed by Pine Bark beetles and larvae.
They carry the blue-stain fungus on their shell/skins.

Dendroctonus ponderosae = The Mountain Pine Beetle.


The epidemic infestation in British Columbia has killed off 18,000,000 ha of pine trees.
Standing dead, cracked and not worth the gas to cut them down.
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is the blue patches just a resulting stain or is there actual fungus inside of it? Does it pose a threat of any kind; to ppl, animals, other wood etc?
Initially i was concerned it might be ceder. It didnt look like the pine im used to seeing. Ceder is toxic to many small animals and was worried id have to know go through and remove it all.


You can see in this old picture. The main support columns in the basement, that holds the rafters of the house up where they connect, they were wrapped with some wood to give it a more finished looked (previous owners) as well as a base plate underneath the big ass wood support running against the main rafters for the same reason. I wasnt going to bother messing with them if i didnt have to. - If it were ceder, then id have to. But some insect eaten fungusy wood doesn't sound nice either.


The planks of wood in the OP are the ones in between the two support columns in the pic, making a bunch of little shelves.







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It got killed in the kiln, the wood is safe to be around
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