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Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by red oak, Jul 3, 2012.

  1. red oak

    red oak Minister of Fire

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    As a result of the major storm over the weekend, I have a rather large walnut tree to cut up on my mother's property. I've never burned walnut before. Would 2 years be long enough for the wood to season? Is it wood that is meant for shoulder season or the middle of winter? Thanks!
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  2. gzecc

    gzecc Minister of Fire

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    Its medium wood. Two years is more than enough in the right conditions. 1 yr in favorable conditions.
  3. ScotO

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    Walnut is about right in the middle of the BTU chart. Its a great all-around wood, get it split up now into small/medium splits and it MAY be ready for later this winter. Smells great burning, too!
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  4. TimJ

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    I cut some about 2 months ago and it has already dried a considerable amount. Feels much lighter than it did. I will burn it this winter. I think it will be ready along with a bunch of cherry I cut 4 weeks prior.
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  5. Ironwood

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    Two years covered is plenty for walnut. I burn it during the day when I'm home, good heat little ash.
  6. Blue Vomit

    Blue Vomit Minister of Fire

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    Do you have any wood shops near you? If it is straight enough and big enough someone may pay you for it.
    Most don't like yard trees though (metal).
    It could be worth a phone call, you never know.
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  7. Joful

    Joful Minister of Fire

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    Almost every tree on my property is Walnut, and it's wonderful to cut, split, and burn. It splits cleanly and easily with a maul, and as already mentioned, smells great. Also, very easy to identify in your stacks, when you're pulling splits to burn a year from now.
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  8. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

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    1 year is plenty for walnut. Cut/split/stack and burn it next winter.
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  9. red oak

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    That is a good idea - I didn't think about that. So when I went up to look at it this morning it wasn't as large as I thought (I was thinking of another walnut on her property) - the diameter is about 14 inches but there is a straight section of about 20 feet. I don't know if that's large enough for lumber or not. I felled the tree and cut away the limbs and brush. I'll leave the rest until I hear from a neighbor who runs a sawmill. Worst-case scenario is I have a bit more wood for next winter.
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  10. Thistle

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    Ask around if there's any woodturners or carvers/sculptors locally.They are usually looking for short thick slabs/blocks for various projects.Some who own chainsaws will sometimes pay a decent price for nice material.Even straight clear rounds 12" -14" diameter cut to 2'-3' lengths is right up their alley.Cut as many straight pieces out of the trunk,larger limbs as possible.Keeping crooked/split pieces and ones with large knots for fuel.Crotch pieces of decent size are in demand for turned bowls however,smaller pieces for knife handles,pistol grips etc.
  11. ailanthus

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    Hey there, red oak! Looks like we'll both be dealing with some walnut. You'll see what I mean next time you're here :(
    I did burn some last year & I'm suprised you haven't come across any before. I'm sure you'll enjoy working with it.
  12. red oak

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    Yes Ailanthus I saw your post earlier - sorry to hear about that walnut tree. Hopefully some of it can fill in and still provide some shade at least. The one I'm working with is not nearly as big as yours though. I'm hearing good things about burning walnut so hopefully it will be a good addition to our stacks.
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    Does the bark fall off walnut like others when it's good and dry?
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    bark doesnt fall off walnut real easy...but it very well may after 2 years...ive got a bit of walnut stacked but its only been stacked for about 6 months
  15. JOHN BOY

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    Walnut is an excellent firewood.. ! I feel its underated, burns very hot .
  16. Backwoods Savage

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    Looks pretty in the stack too.
  17. timusp40

    timusp40 Feeling the Heat

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    Red Oak,
    I'm sure that you will get great results with that walnut once it is ready. I sure hope so, because the stack in this picture is 1/2 walnut that was CSS last Thanksgiving.
    Take care,
    Tim DSCF2908.JPG
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    These stacks are so beautiful they look as if they've been painted.
  19. coltfever

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    Who hit the stacked walnut with a snowball ?
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  20. timusp40

    timusp40 Feeling the Heat

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    Rideau,
    Yeah, I catch a lot of flank about being fussy about the stacks, but what the heck, I love doing the work. Thought you might want to see the same stack 10 months later. Here it is.
    Take care,
    Tim
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    Guilty as charged
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    Come visit anytime you like. I can keep you entertained . All joking aside, those are IMPRESSIVE stacks. How many cords do you have there?
  23. TimJ

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    Timpus, you need to spend a little more time on here showing those stacks off
  24. timusp40

    timusp40 Feeling the Heat

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    Aprox. 9 cord. All hand split and all scrounged from tree services around here. When it gets to be too much for me, I might look at a hydraulic splitter, but not now, I'm only 66 years young. And by the way, no stove yet!
    Take care,
    Tim
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    But soon to change!

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