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rmoore

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759 days ago

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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 759 days ago

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 759 days ago

fire wood

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#3 posted 759 days ago

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

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#4 posted 759 days ago

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

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#5 posted 759 days ago

Vance, you busted me. LOL

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

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#6 posted 759 days ago

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

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#7 posted 759 days ago

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 759 days ago

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 759 days ago

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…...:)

-- " I started with nothing, and I've still got most of it left".......

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#10 posted 759 days ago

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 759 days ago

“Think of the energy that passed through it.”


1.21 Gigawatts!

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#12 posted 759 days ago

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

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#13 posted 759 days ago

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 758 days ago

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 747 days ago

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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