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Windfall Pecans: Firewood or Lumber
« on: November 12, 2012, 10:11:32 PM »
   A good part of last Saturday was spent cleaning up a couple of fairly large pecan trees for a good friend of mine. We needed firewood, and the trees were easily accessed. While cutting the first tree, I noticed the very nice colors and decided to save the best part of the trunk.

 

  It measures 30" at both ends, and is 10' long. Should make some very nice and colorful lumber. I can hardly wait to open it up! There were also a couple of smaller pecans, about 16" that I saved for sawlogs also.
   The rest of the trees turned into firewood.
 

 

   I was so happy after seeing the nice colored wood, I just wanted to show everyone. I hope it saws as good on the mill as it does with a chainsaw, and is not loded with to much metal.

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Re: Windfall Pecans: Firewood or Lumber
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2012, 10:23:05 PM »
Pecan does indeed make beautiful lumber.  Clear (no knots) lumber also dries well.  Crotches, etc. will make it behave like a devil.   smiley_devil_trident

Using the firewood in an enclosed heater works well, but it does leave mounds of ashes.  It also pops.   :o
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Re: Windfall Pecans: Firewood or Lumber
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2012, 10:26:31 PM »
BBQ guys like that pecan. You can sell that firewood for a premium if you can find the right person.
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Re: Windfall Pecans: Firewood or Lumber
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2012, 10:41:21 PM »
   Yes, I noticed while sitting by the fire writing this post that it does do a lot of popping. The smoke also has a very pleasant smell, and it surely can't leave any more ashes than Walnut does!
   The logs appear to be fairly straight-grained, and I had already cut the crotch off before deciding to save it, so no worries there.


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Re: Windfall Pecans: Firewood or Lumber
« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2012, 07:40:09 AM »
It likes to dry in waves, so place the stickers no farther apart than 18".
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Re: Windfall Pecans: Firewood or Lumber
« Reply #5 on: March 14, 2014, 09:45:44 PM »
 

  

    
 Well I sawed 'em! They were strait grained, colorful, and very full of metal. Every pas of the saw hit some kind of metal, the record was 18 nails/fence staple in one pass. It still was worth it, only cost about $35.00 for a few new saw bits. Some of the 6/4 boards are 20" wide.

 

 

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Re: Windfall Pecans: Firewood or Lumber
« Reply #6 on: March 14, 2014, 09:58:54 PM »
I would think that all that metal in the wood would wreck a planer.  How do you plan to use it?
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Re: Windfall Pecans: Firewood or Lumber
« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2014, 10:06:12 PM »
I've always said, if they would invent siding with the nails already in them..somebody would get rich.  ;D
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Re: Windfall Pecans: Firewood or Lumber
« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2014, 10:34:06 PM »
Make sure you sterilize it in a kiln, more than likely you will start seeing little small holes from little critters showing up if you dont. 

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Re: Windfall Pecans: Firewood or Lumber
« Reply #9 on: March 15, 2014, 09:27:09 AM »
"Back in the day" they would drive nails in them to increase pecan production. Long before I had my mill, I had bought two pecan logs from a sawyer that he had already checked thoroughly with a high dollar metal detector. He told me that he usually didnt by pecan (from the tree removers) for that reason. These were not the butt log and he kept checking as he sawed. I got some really nice wood that I made step treads for a spiral staircase out of.
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Re: Windfall Pecans: Firewood or Lumber
« Reply #10 on: March 15, 2014, 09:41:15 AM »
   If I have to plane any of these, I guess the nails will have to be driven out. Most of the lumber is being made into nest boxes for rabbits. For some reason the rabbits don't chew on the hickory or pecan like they do on the pine and oak.
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