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Who has burned black walnut?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Badfish740, Nov 16, 2010.

  1. Badfish740

    Badfish740 Minister of Fire

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    It looks as though I'm going to end up with just over a cord from the black walnut that my dad's neighbor cut down. The straight grained pieces split almost effortlessly but the twisty parts of the tree really tested the mettle of my Lickity Splitter-some of them seemed like they tore more than split. The thing I noticed was the really pleasant smell the wood has-I can't really describe it, it just smells good. It seems pretty middle of the road according to the btu charts (About 20 million btu/cord)-not as good as oak, but a little better than some species of cherry and maple. How about coaling?

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  2. struggle

    struggle Minister of Fire

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    It will develope coals and I have burn't it several seasons.

    I would never ever turn it down.

    It works quit well.
  3. Danno77

    Danno77 Minister of Fire

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    I burn a lot of Black Walnut. It's one of my favorite woods. I, too, love the smell. A lot of people really dislike that smell. Burn it when it's seasoned and tell me what you think. I know where it falls on the charts, but I generally feel that it's highly underrated. I've been debating whether it's a regional difference, or more recently, whether the tree coming from a stand of trees (making it grow straight and tall) produces a better wood than one that is out in the open (like a yard tree) where it can grow a large canopy.
  4. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

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    It's not the best but far from the worst. Get it and you'll like it. I have some I'll be burning this winter. Did some last year and really liked it.

    I agree that it is underrated on the BTU charts.
  5. Wood Duck

    Wood Duck Minister of Fire

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    I have a bunch. Mine are mostly from a really poor site, where they grow slowly. Maybe that makes them denser than average walnut, since the growth rings are very close together. I like the way it burns, but almost always burn it mixed with other woods (just because the woods are mixed in the piles) so I can't say too much about it, except good firewood.
  6. 3fordasho

    3fordasho Feeling the Heat

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    I've got quite a bit of it around here, grows like a weed tree in my area. Splits easy and seasons reasonably fast.
    I'd rate it btu and coaling wise above silver maple, about par with black cherry, and below the likes of sugar maple/oaks.
    Don't like em so much as a yard tree, messy and don't plant your garden next to one.
  7. Danno77

    Danno77 Minister of Fire

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    or park a car under them. I've got one over my house and you can hear them drop onto the roof and roll all the way down. super annoying. Don't worry, it leans the other way (towards the neighbors house), lol.
  8. stint9

    stint9 New Member

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    Yup

    Agree with no problem as firewood

    Agree even more about being messy lawn trees

    They are murder on mower blades when dropping nuts

    I had a neighbor buy one of those golf driving range machines at auction really cheap and used it to pick up all the nuts off lawns
  9. 70marlin

    70marlin New Member

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    Seasons very fast and burns just as quick.
  10. Chargerman

    Chargerman Feeling the Heat

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    I have a ton of walnut at our farm. It burns well, has good coaling, and is easy splitting. My main complaints are the bark seems messy and it does create more ash than the oak or elm I also burn.
  11. Lumber-Jack

    Lumber-Jack Minister of Fire

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    Besides a little Elm, the only "hardwood" I have any quantity of is Black Walnut.
    As others have mentioned I really like the smell, not that I get much opportunity to smell it in the house, but sometimes when the stove is going and I'm outside I get a whiff.
    What I don't like about it is that it's tough to split, lots of knots and Y pieces and ugly chunks, in fact I had to noodle most of it.
    As for the burning qualities, I have really tested it quite a few times, in comparison to the Lodgepole pine I usually burn, with regard to heat output and burn times. Frankly I don't find much of a difference, it may be there, but it's so slight that I just haven't been able to tell with any certainty if it's outperforming my pine or just wishful thinking on my part. The walnut wood splits seem to be heavier than my pine, and way harder to split even though the MC is about the same. So you would think that it would carry more BTUs, but I just haven't seen it with longer burn times or coaling.
    I still got another half a cord that's nice and dry so when it gets colder I'll try some more comparisons.
  12. JBinKC

    JBinKC Feeling the Heat

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    It splits easy, seasons fairly fast, coals well but leaves lots of fluffy ash behind. Mid range on the btu scale.

    I on the other hand think it is a cleanest wood in the wood pile. You don't get all of the powdery mess the wood boring insects leave behind with other species.
  13. HeatsTwice

    HeatsTwice Minister of Fire

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    I just got a load of Black Walnut also. An arborist showed up and dumpped 2 loads. Its all split now but this is what it looked like before.

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  14. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    Burning not bad! Got my black walnut table top sanded out yesterday does that count?
  15. Danno77

    Danno77 Minister of Fire

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    I still have this hefty black walnut that you should be able to get some 12' plus boards out of, Jay. You come and take it down without hitting my house (or the neighbors) and you can have 75% of what you mill. Then we'll drive over to my timber and get another tree or two of your favorite flavor, whatever fills your trailer load. Then we'll drink beer. lots of beer.
  16. Thrash44047

    Thrash44047 New Member

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    OK I know most people probably know this but DO NOT let animals or children eat the wood shavings from Black Walnut it is very poisonous.
  17. HeatsTwice

    HeatsTwice Minister of Fire

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    Duh, I did not know this. I would even consider using them for smoking chips.

    Thanks for the heads up. I had never heard this before.
  18. Wood Duck

    Wood Duck Minister of Fire

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    I try not to let my children eat too many wood chips of any kind. It ruins their appetites.
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  19. Lumber-Jack

    Lumber-Jack Minister of Fire

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    Are you kidding! Wood shavings make great food extenders for things like hamburger, turkey stuffing, oatmeal, etc...
    You can cut your food bill in half. Just another way to stretch your savings by heating with wood.

    PS. If you use your chainsaw shavings it's a good idea to switch to a food grade chain oil. ;-)

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