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Thread: Lightening struck lumber

  1. #1
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    Dec 2008
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    Lightening struck lumber

    If a tree has been hit by lightening can it still be used for lumber?

    I had an old guy tell me it won't even make good firewood. All the BTU's are burn out of it. I figure if the btu's are gone, shouldn't it be pile of ash.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Delton, Michigan
    i would say that it has a good potential for having stress cracks threw out in the lumber steve,, as for fire wood the guy is full of it there ..if its ash the btu's are gone if its not hey are still there waiting to be released
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    I think the guy that gave ya that BTU was burned out
    or smokin that funny stuff.

  4. #4
    When lightening strikes a tree the heat produced boils the sap and ruptures the cell structure, often explodes the cells, this converts to splinters rather than solid wood... ergo... useless for woodworking, but not useless for firewood. You have to burn the wood to get your BTUs so consuming the wood in your fires gives you the BTUs

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Long Hill Township, NJ
    Maybe it STORED up some electrical energy and your saw would run faster while cutting it . . .

    It would be interesting to see what if anything is usable . . . especially since I won't be the one doing the work . . .


  6. #6
    The olde dude may have a slight point. Wood provides better BTUs when it burns evenly with good embers and coals. Splintery wood will burn more rapid and consume itself into ashes more rapidly and therefore produce less BTUs for your enjoyment. So maybe he might be sorta right maybe kinda... From Ash to ashes w/o delivering its potential reward.

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