I friend I work with had a large pecan tree come down during a tornado
earlier this year. They have to pieces of the main trunk about 8 ft long.
IF so I figure I can get my son inlaw to haul it to a sawmill. I've never
done this before so should I get it sliced in 1" thick pieces. I was
thinking of putting it in the basement for about a year or so. Any
recomendations will be greatly appreciated.
Do it. If the tree is large enough, you may not fit it in your basement. Have
it cut half 4/4 and half 6/4 (that's 1" and 1-1/2").
Get hold of some DRY stickers and some cement blocks to make a platform. Stack
the first row, sticker every 20-24", stack the next row, sticker and continue
until you're out of wood. If you're outdoors, use plastic or old sheetmetal
roofing to cover the top row, appropriately weighted to keep it in place.
A year per inch works.
For more detail, check out www.woodweb.com
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What Charlie said. It's a very nice wood for making furniture; it has a
creamy-tan color and nice figure. Might I also suggest that you save as much
of the tree as possible, and use the smaller chunks in the barbeque. Pecan is
one of the BEST woods for cooking, and I'd take it over Hickory, Oak, or
Mequite any day. If you're not into that, you could certainly sell the smaller
chunks to someone who is.
To reply, change the chemical designation to its common name.
when I worked in a commercial cabinet shop(we did NOT make
kitchen cabinets) pecan was the 'hated wood', due to the embedded
sand particles in it. We made all the trim for a store in a large
mall, and they wanted pecan trim, The moulder was a 6 head 24'
long machine and it was nicking the blades every 30 feet or so.
Makes me wonder where you got your pecan. Same genus as hickory, hard as all
get out, but nothing in my experience or in the literature shows mineral
inclusions in any Carya. Overall family is the same as walnut. You must have
picked up a lot of stuff near beaches, similar areas.
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There was a discussion several weeks earlier about salvaging trees that have
been felled by huricanes. One poster said that stresses in the wood
resulting from the bending and breakage would render the wood unsalvagable.
Basically, he said, it's only good for firewood. However, personally, I'd
give it a try and see what happens. Maybe you;ll get a 40% or better yeild
after drying which isn't too bad if the tree is large.
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