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03-19-2012 11:01 PM

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I think this tree got struck by lightning. It was not like this until after some thunderstorms rolled through here.

There are pieces sticking out from the cracks and bark laying on the ground about 50 feet away. Will this be usable for lumber? I believe it is an oak tree.

-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn


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#1 posted 03-19-2012 11:47 PM

There may be some internal damage (splits, etc), but you might get some useful lumber out of it. What kind of tree is it?

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#2 posted 03-19-2012 11:57 PM

fire wood

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#3 posted 03-20-2012 12:22 AM

Wands… wands wands wands… the Wiccan community LOVES THIS STUFF. LOL

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#4 posted 03-20-2012 12:39 AM

was you squirrel hunting with dynamite LOL look like lightning. to me

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#5 posted 03-20-2012 12:43 AM

Vance, you busted me. LOL

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#6 posted 03-20-2012 12:44 AM

Looks like a good post for a large birdhouse :-)

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#7 posted 03-20-2012 01:04 AM

John, it’s bigger than it looks! HAHA It’s probably 20 inches across. It sure would hold a big one! But shipping to Canada would be pretty costly.

-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn

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#8 posted 03-20-2012 02:21 AM

I think with all the splits and cracks you would be disappointed with the results given all the work required to saw it up and dry it. I would not do it. I have cut WAY too many marginal logs in the past, so I know a lot about disappointment.

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#9 posted 03-20-2012 03:37 AM

I agree….cut it up for firewood…. If lightening got it, and it looks like it did, it’s probably busted thru and thru. I had lightening hit a huge oak in my yard some years back, and burnt all the bark off of one side…That dude was BLACK. It was probably about 250-300 hundred years old, and about 42” in diameter. I had to have it took down, and cut it up for firewood…..I probably got about 3—-4 cords of wood from it (?). That was about 3 years ago, and I’m still burning wood today…..It’s good and dry…...:)

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#10 posted 03-20-2012 03:53 AM

That is most certainly lightning damage. I really doubt that it will have much useable wood. There will be lot of internal checks and fractures. Think of the energy that passed through it.

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#11 posted 03-20-2012 04:05 AM

“Think of the energy that passed through it.”


1.21 Gigawatts!

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#12 posted 03-20-2012 05:21 AM

Probably drier than the kiln would get it ;-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 03-20-2012 03:31 PM

There won’t be any useful boards in it. I’d bet it was lightning, and that destroys the wood by developing big ring shock. I would recommend great care in cutting an unstable tree down.

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#14 posted 03-20-2012 04:04 PM

Thanks for the info, guys. Looks like I have a lot of firewood.

-- The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. Ron, Crossville Tn

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#15 posted 04-01-2012 12:03 AM

Hi guys. I am in the process of collecting lightning struck wood. Can someone Email me if they have some for sale? acupractic@yahoo.com
Thank you!

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