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Walnut logs
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fw    Posted 12-05-2002 at 10:26:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
what are they worth? ive got one the wind blew
over its about 18" across maybe 20' of good
wood. is it worth selling or should i cut it up for firewood.

ol Henry    Posted 12-05-2002 at 15:47:40       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hello mr. FW
Don't cut the roots off!! the part that is just below the ground is the best part of the log, thats where the pretty grain is,leave the root part on and make your cut about five foot above ground line, then go looking for a custom stock maker.
Walnut is not bad as firewood but it would be a shame to burn it if it could be used for something else.
good luck with it

DeadCarp    Posted 12-05-2002 at 15:29:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'd cut it into 8-foot lengths, (DON'T peel it) paint the ends, then just stack it off the ground (on some cheap logs) and let her sit & start drying. We have oodles of basswood (linden - whittling wood) here - it's lousy firewood but on Ebay they got $180 for a 3 foot piece, dried. Hardwoods have to dry at least a year. The nicer ones of mine are stacked/painted. :)

Lynch    Posted 12-05-2002 at 14:50:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
If it's Black Walnut it's worth plenty...if it's clear (and they will x-ray it) and it Black Walnut, gunstock companies will pay dearly for it. Some old friends I went to school with got offered $250,000.00 for their Bl. Walnut...but it was gigantic. They didn't need the money + their brother had just gotten killed by accidental shooting... (Real bad timing). The tree is still the Highland area of Beavercreek and Colton, hit by lightning 2 years ago...didn't hardly make a difference...this tree is emmense. It would take 5-6 people to stretch their arms around it.

Salmoneye    Posted 12-05-2002 at 13:56:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
If it is nice American Walnut, find a local custom gunstock maker...

It is right up there as firewood also with the heat value at somewhere near 20 million BTU's per cord (which puts it right around the same as Elm)...Hate to see nice wood go to firewood if someone can get some use out of it though...

Les...Hey Salmoneye    Posted 12-05-2002 at 14:00:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Somebody over on the Tales board was asking for an update on the Farmall H that broke in half. Wasn't that you that did that?
I saw Mutt yesterday. He asked about you.

Spose...    Posted 12-06-2002 at 04:04:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I should get over there and give them an update...not much of an update really...still sitting behind the house with both halves blocked up and a big grey tarp over it for now...Been waiting for my friend that works at the local Green&Yellow Dealer to be able to get a 'loaner' and use of the company truck...If it does not happen before snow it will have to wait till Spring which is OK with my far...

As for Mutt, tell him thanks for thinking of me, and if you see him again and remember...ask after Moose Richards for me...heard through the grapevine that he has been sick for a while...He owns land abutting ours and Trevors too I think...Nice guy...He and his son Buck used to stop by my Dads camp a couple times a year, but have not stopped this year so far...

Jim Adams    Posted 12-05-2002 at 20:40:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Walnut is excellent firewood and was the preferred
wood in the wood burning locomotive days. The farmers would cut the wood and stack it by the RR tracks. An Engineer needing wood would stop and the crew would load the tender with the wood. The
engineer would sign a voucher and leave it at the wood pile so the farmer could go the the nearest
station agent and get his money.
In some areas walnut almost became extinct because of this use.


Rickstir    Posted 12-05-2002 at 13:06:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
In Missouri the log isn't fit for anything. Logs like that are going for about $100.00 and you have to take it to them. The BTU's on walnut are so low it ain't fit to burn for heat. Make a pretty bonfire though......
If you are close to an Amish sawmill, it would probably be best to have them saw it up and use it yourself or sell it. Have to dry it some first.

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