Sweet chestnut, European alternative
Sweet chestnut, South-European nature product
Sweet Chestnut grows in Western and Southern Europe, Asia Minor and North Africa. This type of wood is increasingly being extracted as coppice for poles. The relatively fast-growing tree is usually ready for harvest around the age of 15-20 years. The so-called wild chestnut or horse chestnut is a completely different tree species and the properties are less good than those of Sweet Chestnut. Sweet chestnut can be sawn and planed without any problems. Exposure to chestnut wood dust may cause dermatitis (skin inflammation) in very sensitive individuals.
Properties Sweet Chestnut
|Alternative names:||Châtaignier, Edelkastanie, European Chestnut|
|Appearance:||Light brown to dark brown hardwood|
|Mass kg/m3:||Fresh 1040|
|Dried 540 (490 – 560)|
|Finishing:||Moderate, because of a high tannic acid value|
|Combination with iron:||Bad, tannic acid reacts to metals|
|Extra:||Preparation necessary for varnishing. Good alternative for more durable poles|
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Source: Houtvademecum © 2010 Centrum Hout Almere, 10th revised edition