Is Walnut Good Firewood [Get The Real Low Down Here]

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Is Walnut Good Firewood
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Is Walnut Good Firewood? Well, here at the home place we have a big woods and a lot of walnut trees growing in it.I wondered, as I often do, how well does walnut do in a fireplace? So, I decided to do some research on it and find out! I already knew its a very good wood to have split and stacked up for the winter, I just wanted to know how good.


Is Walnut Good Firewood

Walnut burns great! It’s medium density and is pretty easy to burn as long as its seasoned. It burns clean, is easy to start and has a nice smell too it. The BTU value is not as high as other hardwoods like maple or locust, but this is a lot better than a softwood like pine or fir wood.

The Bad Side Of Walnut

It’s not all fun and games with walnut wood, Some folks are allergic to it, so make sure that isn’t you when you to cut up a walnut tree.

Its also said that animals can be harmed by it, but no worries there because all the toxic junk is burned up in the firebox and it becomes no worse than any other wood you burn.

Different Types of Walnut Trees

  • English walnut
  • Black Walnut
  • Butternut
  • Arizona Walnut
  • Hinds Walnut
  • The Little Walnut

Best Type Of Walnut Tree To Use For Firewood

That would be the black walnut. It produces 22.2 million BTU per cord. Not bad huh? Not as good as ash (my personal favorite) but I can live with that. With that said, if you have access to a lot of walnut trees, you might want to check out how much its worth in your area. In some places, you can get a good price per board foot for walnut.


All in all, walnut is great to have on hand during the winter, it will keep you and your family warm and safe if you’re not allergic to it.

If you would like to test your firewood’s moisture content, you can buy a meter to check it, you can find it on Amazon, by clicking this link, Wood Moisture Meter. As long the moisture is below 20%, your good to go!

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