black walnut?

Discussion in 'Woods for Smoking' started by shaggy smokes, Apr 28, 2014.

  1. shaggy smokes

    shaggy smokes Smoke Blower

    Cutting down a black walnut in my yard any good or throw it in the chipper?
     
  2. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    Make a nice table. I think the flavor would be pretty acrid. I could be wrong though. I am sure somebody on here has tried it.
     
  3. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    I have some I'm gonna try.   It's the stronger brother to hickory and it's supposed to be fine for beef and mixed with other types of woods. 
     
  4. shaggy smokes

    shaggy smokes Smoke Blower

    That is what I reaf . anything that has four legs and no wings its good for.
     
  5. dandl93

    dandl93 Smoking Fanatic

    I have never tried cooking with Black Walnut.I do know if you use BW wood shavings in a horse stall it can kill a horse and has.That is enough for me to pass using it in a smoker.

    Dan 
     
  6. Black Walnut and Butternut both contain a toxin called "juglone", and like stated before will and has killed horses. When we saw walnut at the sawmill we have to make sure we don't contaminate any of our other sawdust that we are selling for bedding because of that. I also know that many plants will not grow under or near walnut trees, so with that said I personally wouldn't encourage anyone smoking with it.
     
  7. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I've bought walnut smoking chips before. It's a little stronger than hickory. Butternut is a bit milder.
     
  8. stickyfingers

    stickyfingers Smoking Fanatic

    WOW! You have any idea how valuable (and beautiful) of that wood is ?! I certainly would not be burning it.
     
  9. shaggy smokes

    shaggy smokes Smoke Blower

    Its not big enough to do anything else with. Its so close to my house roots and acid are screwing my foundation up
     
  10. shaggy smokes

    shaggy smokes Smoke Blower

    From the sounds I think I'm just going to have some good smelling camp fire wood
     
  11. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I don't smoke with walnut, too bitter and nasty. Excellent firewood, though - burns with a blue flame.
     
  12. stickyfingers

    stickyfingers Smoking Fanatic

    You would be surprised. I would cut it and post it on craigs list!
     
  13. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Depends on the application. What type of cooking unit will you be using?
    If using as fuel you can alternate with other woods or if you foil on a stick burner you can use it then. I've used Black Walnut sparingly in the past on my stick burner.
     
  14. mpboyer3

    mpboyer3 Newbie

    Black walnut is in the same family as hickory. Both balck walnut and hickory produce a toxic substance called jugulone but we still smoke with hickory so... I have some I plan on trying mixed with some sugar maple over the next few weeks. I'll let you know.
     
  15. shaggy smokes

    shaggy smokes Smoke Blower

    I have a side firebox. Use wood and charcoal. I have some sugar maple too. Do share the results
     
  16. barnold

    barnold Smoke Blower

    Some humans are highly allergic to walnut.  It's up to you to take the chance!
     
  17. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    You don't eat the wood...lol the smoke is fine. 
     
  18. barnold

    barnold Smoke Blower

    Laugh all you want.  Walnut WOOD is listed as an irritant, sensitizer, and potential (albeit rare) cause of NPC (Nasopharyngeal carcinoma).  Look it up.  Methinks what's in the wood goes up with the smoke.

    I love building with walnut - use it routinely.  If I'm doing very much milling, I have to use a mask to keep from getting too much in my nose - sinuses start telling me about it!  On the other hand, I have worked with other woods, such as makore, to which most people are highly sensitive and it doesn't bother me.
     
  19. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Sure walnut dust...not smoke 
     
  20. dandl93

    dandl93 Smoking Fanatic

    This is not the best comment I have heard.There is warnings all the time not to burn treated woods it makes the chemicals airborn thru the smoke.What is the difference burning black walnut.I believe there is a great amount of fantastic wood out there to smoke with.Why take the chance ? 
     

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