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You should check out this link to wikipedia for blackjack oak. It's very dense. That means it will actually burn "ashless" in the right conditions. You'll have a very good piece of wood that will burn very low and slow. It is very similar to post oak. The density of the wood make it burn that way.
Here's a wiki quote:
The wood is very dense and produces a hot flame when burned, which functions as an excellent source of heat for barbecues and wood-burning stoves. However, the wood is not desirable for wood fireplaces because the heat causes popping, thereby increasing the risk of house fires.
Here;s the link I read:
Hope that helps,
Oaks are discussed here where Black Jack is mentioned: http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/74499/type-of-oak-for-smoking
It apparently is in the red oak family and possibly post oak is too. I use several oaks as a base wood and really like it. Since I always mix it with fruit wood, I can't tell the difference between the oaks that I have used. Rarely use hickory anymore, like a lighter, sweeter smoke flavor as I get older. As usual, just make sure it is dried and aged well before use.