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Hi- I’m located in northwest Ohio just so you know what region I’m in. I dismantle old barns every winter, kind of my side job/hobby in addition to working
Full time.
So anyways I have a few of these beams. My first thought was pine -that it was light weight for
Such a large beam. I cut one of the worst ones up to burn. It was hard to split, burned slowly, and actually put
Out some heat! I took a piece to the extension agent and he couldn’t give me an answer.
What the heck is it??
They have held up this loft for a very long time, and they have not warped in the slightest.
So if you Check out my post and look at the pictures, even if you’re not quite sure-
Please give me your opinion! If its pine then I’ve never seen one with bark like that!
THANK YOU-
I’m sorry about photobucket – I couldn’t get it organized for some reason-
I’ll put the link up to it and you should be able to see which ones it is
It is the most recent up loads lol- hope this works

http://s195.photobucket.com/albums/z211/hubster999/

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#1 posted 02-02-2013 12:22 PM

Chestnut.

-- Mike

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#2 posted 02-02-2013 12:29 PM

Handle it like its gold, Chestnut is forever gone! I agree from what I can see of your pics.

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#3 posted 02-02-2013 04:25 PM

You sir are a lucky, lucky man! I wished I could find some chestnut…

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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#4 posted 02-02-2013 04:55 PM

Chestnut would be my guess also.

-- Paul, Las Vegas

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#5 posted 02-02-2013 09:11 PM

Aw come on you guys are kidding me right? I didn’t think chestnuts are from around my area.
I took a piece that was a firewood chunk, put a little golden oak stain on it-
Maybe this will help. Still can’t believe it’s chestnut…..

And to think I was burning it!! Argh!! Lol
Thanks for your help, I can research this a little further now that I have a lead-
I’ll keep you guys posted-

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#6 posted 02-02-2013 09:17 PM

Another picture of same piece but different side

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#7 posted 02-02-2013 09:45 PM

Yup, that looks like chestnut alright!

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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#8 posted 02-02-2013 10:33 PM

You would think there would be worm holes in it? Unless it was cut down before the blight came along
And wiped them all out? The house (still there) was built in 1867- not sure on the barn itself though

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#9 posted 02-02-2013 11:17 PM

My project used chestnut from a barn built in 1859/60. Not a single wormhole in it. The chestnut blight didn’t start until the early 1900s. Your wood is chestnut.

Look on other internet sites to confirm what everyone else is telling you.

-- Mike

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#10 posted 02-03-2013 12:59 AM

Unbelievable. You guys just made my day! Lol
I just realized the barn loft flooring is also the same b/c I was disappointed it wasn’t oak- this is even better.
Thanks so much everybody! Really appreciate the info. Man I wish my grandfather could be here
Today- he’d be licking his chops thinking about what to build.. ;)

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#11 posted 02-03-2013 01:03 AM

What stain looks the best for chestnut? I was going to do my dining room floor with the oak I had
But I may just do the chestnut instead… Maybe this goes on a different forum?

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