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Unread 08-06-2014, 02:02 PM   #1
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Default Black Walnut Wood - thoughts?

Big branch off a black walnut tree at my buddy's house fell down (narrowly missing his garage). Cut it up and threw it in my wood yard to cure for a bit. I have used walnut before, but never black walnut. Anyone have any experience smoking with it? I ask because if you've ever had a black walnut, it tastes different than a regular walnut. Some people like em, some don't. Let me know, if it is not good I'll just burn it in the fireplace. Thanks.
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I hear its very strong and bitter. Also a quick google search and found this:
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I wouldn't use it for smoking chunks but it's ok to mix in with stick burners. It's a STRONG cousin of hickory.
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i like it, but the stuff I have is like 15 years old.....very smooth, but still a little strong at this point.......

If you have the space, let it sit a year or so & then try it out......
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i like it, but the stuff I have is like 15 years old.....very smooth, but still a little strong at this point.......

If you have the space, let it sit a year or so & then try it out......
Ok, I've got plenty of space. My would pile is about the size of a four car driveway, big enough to justify my 45 ton wood splitter. Maybe I'll check it out in a year or two (if I even remember).
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I asked the same question when I got some.
I split 3 logs, and darn if I couldn't smell it upstairs.
I'm gonna let it dry for 2 years. They say it has alot of
bad chemicals inside, plants won't grow near the tree..
Good to burn for the fireplace after seasoning, though, #3 burning wood.
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Best use for Walnut ?

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Isn't that stuff worth some good money? A few years back they made a street wider in town and had to take one down. They came in and took every bit of it including the root system.
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Like i said,great for woodworking. When properly Veneered, a good log can get you thousands and thousands of dollars.
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I've also sent off a bunch of small slabs to get cooker handles made up.......

the grain is DeLuxe !!!!
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By backyard is full of black walnut trees. Yes they are toxic to plants. Yes it takes forever to season. Yes they make great veneers. Yes the nuts hurt when they fall on your head.
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ninja, what good is your helmet if it doesn't work ??
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Haven't been near one in 40 years, but I can still recall that smell under the trees where the nuts fall.

Some places they were stealing the trees right out of the yards when people left them undefended for a weekend.
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The guy I buy wood from had some odd black walnut sticks mixed in accidentally with my oak and told me not to smoke with that because it was bad for you.
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The guy I buy wood from had some odd black walnut sticks mixed in accidentally with my oak and told me not to smoke with that because it was bad for you.

When it's fresh, yes it is.....after the oils dissipate.....not a problem....takes awhile.....
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