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#1 posted 08-08-2013 01:24 PM

Brown Maple is from closer to the heart of the log, basically heart wood. The sap wood is the white which is the outside of the log. Brown maple is much harder to dry and tends to crack much more and much more easily. Otherwise it is exactly the same thing, as some would be from the same log as the white would be. Soil content can also affect the tree to where it may have very little sap wood and mostly brown if it is growing in a high iron content soil. Brown maple will come in all grades from 3A on up to Select, it is more common in the 2A and 3A grades do to being cut from the lower grade of the heart of the tree. Some mills will not pull the upper grades of brown and will just down grade it to a number 2 and ship it off to a flooring mill due to the lack of demand for the upper grades in brown opposed to white.

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