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Chesnut wood any good?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by fsk2, Jul 13, 2009.

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  1. fsk2

    fsk2 New Member

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    Buddy of mine is cutting down a chesnut tree and wondering if it wood is worth taking.
    36" around base,

    Thinking is not that good and will stick to going after willow.
    Less work


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  2. Dune

    Dune Minister of Fire

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    Not. Are you being sarcastic? Chestnut is a first rate hard wood. Willow is hardly worth the effort to spell correctly, nevermind burning it. Skip the willow and tackle that massive chestnut and don't look back.
  3. ihookem

    ihookem Minister of Fire

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    I hate to see that, chestnut trees seem very hard to find. I never see them anymore. For firewood, just take it since it's free.
  4. Dune

    Dune Minister of Fire

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    Yeah, if times were different, I'd take that chestnut right to a sawmill, but it seems like the demand is gone these days.
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    gzecc Minister of Fire

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    Ive never burned it however all the graphs put it at fair, but smokey.
  6. billb3

    billb3 Minister of Fire

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    American chestnut, East of the Mississippi ?
  7. Wood Duck

    Wood Duck Minister of Fire

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    This has got to be a Chinese Chestnut or European (Sweet) Chestnut, the only types that reach any significant size these days. These trees are usually highly branched starting low on the trunk, making them appear to be tough to process into firewood. i have never actually cut one up, but I have cut up trees of similar build and they sure are more work than tall, straight trees. i am sure Chestnut would burn, so i'd take the wood. Seems like it would be simiilar to walnuts - at least medium density, if not higher.
    If this is a 36 inch diameter american chestnut, then it is a very rare tree and should be saved. i think there are a few places, outside the native range of american chestnut, where a few still survive to large size. Around here, solidly in the middle of american chestnut's range, it is had to find a stem more than about 3 or 4 inches diameter. there are a fair number of these small surviving american chestnuts, but no large ones.
  8. PunKid8888

    PunKid8888 New Member

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    I will have to take a picture of the trees on my property. I have been told by one person that they are walnut tree, and then by other people that they are chestnut. The are Huge trees maybe 5 or 6 of them, each well over 3ft in dia at the base. All I know is last fall I had the worst time cleaning up all the shells
  9. Adam_MA

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    Could be a Horse Chestnut. They are pretty common around my area. I think I have 4-5 on my property, and my neighbors have a HUGE one next to their driveway.
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