You have to be nuts to burn a Walnut tree. Full grown Walnut trees are
going for over $1500 here for lumber.
Dig it out - you might be picturing digging by hand. That's not the way
trees are moved. There is a hydraulic clamshell type device that mounts on
the back of a tractor for digging trees out.
I'm quite aware of the machinery to move live trees. You are unaware of the
value of a small walnut tree. Walnuts are ubiquitous and of value only when
VERY mature. I've burnt walnut larger than your tree.
So now you mention you were offered $100 for it 5 years ago. Too bad you
didn't take it. Now you ask for advice and when you don't like what you read
you get testy.
I care very much what I burn in my woodstove, and walnut, while acceptable,
is at the bottom of the list. It is a good way to get rid of worthless wood
in an area were open burning it not generally permitted.
Do you realize that a walnut has value solely as lumber? It is an
undesirable tree for residential use. A 25' tree will require generations to
mature into one of commercial value, so it is unlikely that a purchaser of
your tree will see any financial gain.
I have many black walnut trees on my lot. When one of the really big (30
inch diameter) ones blew over a couple of years ago I could not find anyone
willing to pay me for it, and I called around everywhere around here in NJ.
They would come and get it if I paid _them_ however. They all said there
was no demand for it. I ended cutting it up for firewood and it seems to
burn just fine in my fireplace - no problem at all there.
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