Walnut trees are abundant around my area (SE PA) and so naturally if they’re dead, they end up in the woodstove in my shop and the fireplace in my home. With that said, I’m sure you’re wondering about burning walnut or else you wouldn’t be here.
So in this post, I’ll let you know my thoughts and what I have to say about burning walnut. Plus I researched it online to see what others say about walnut firewood. No big surprises really. So, let’s get to it!
Is Walnut Good Firewood
Yes, it is! The thing about walnut though is a lot of people don’t really use it for firewood because of its value as lumber. Be sure to check out what your local mill is offering if you have a lot of walnut around, you may be pleasantly surprised!
But if you need the wood for heat, go for it. It is very good for that too. Not to mention, you’ll like the smell of it. Has a sweet smell to it once its burning.
If you split by hand using a maul or splitting axe, you’ll like this stuff. It’s easy to split when it’s green. Walnut is a medium density straight-grained hardwood. Most straight-grained wood is easy to split by hand.
Straight grain means the wood isn’t twisted or all that knotty which is why it splits easier. It’s also a beautiful wood to look at with a dark brown middle. You’ll know straight off if it’s walnut or not.
If you’re new to splitting wood, I wrote a helpful guide on how to do it. You can check it out here, How to split wood by hand
Seasoning Time For Walnut
Seasoning walnut will take a little longer than some different type woods. I’d say anywhere from a year and a half to two years should do it. That is the main reason I’ll only go after dead walnut trees unless it’s free!
To help it dry out quicker, stack it where the sun and wind can hit it. That will speed up the seasoning process.
If you want some tips on seasoning your firewood, check out my guide on how I do it. How to dry wet firewood
Walnut Firewood BTU
The BTU (British Thermal Unit) of walnut is 20.0 million per cord. Which isn’t bad at all. Just another reason why this stuff is good for burning.
It’s not as good as say, oak or maple firewood but it’s a heck of a lot better than any softwood, that I can tell you.
If you want to learn about firewood BTUs, check out my article on it. It has a chart also if you want to look up what another type of wood BTU is. BTU Of Firewood
Burn Baby Burn! If you can get it, you won’t regret it! Don’t mind the mule, load the wagon! or whatever saying you want to use. You’ll be glad for it.
Also, it makes a good fire starter (kindling) There isn’t anything to dislike about walnut. A very good overall firewood.