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Hickory Smells Like Manure?

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Have you guys experienced a strong sour smell on hickory, basically identical to manure? I have several slabs of Shagbark, Bitternut and Pignut, and only the Pignut displays this thrilling quality. I should note it's in the heartwood only, so I wonder is it normal, or does it signify undesired transformations within the wood?

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I've cut a fair amount of hickory, although it was all from a single tree, and it didn't smell bad to me. I also regularly burn it in my fireplace (the best use for hickory, other than BBQ), and it smells just fine.

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You may have gotten the lignum fecal vitae :(  I know that chestnut trees when they bloom sometimes smell like an open sewer, but never had that particular scent from hickory.

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I've read somewhere that someone had a similar experience, but no details were provided or conclusions made. I got the wood from a family-owned mill and all of it seemed dry. One thing I can see is that the heartwood has dark outlines where layers are cut through, as if there's a dark grey layer between the rings but I don't know that much about it.

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Heat it and see if Black Ants crawl out.

reply test.  issue seems to have resolved itself after asking about it.

Nope.  It merged it to my last reply

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15 minutes ago, Lester Burnham said:

Red oak is cat pee, not moo doo.

True, officially.  But red oak just smells all kinds of nasty, which is why I asked.  I don't have too much experience with hickory but I've never noticed a foul odor.

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As a city boy, when ever I do get a chance to visit a place that has cows, I think the smell of cow manure is refreshing and country fresh. When I buy the bagged stuff for my garden, I will tear open a bag and if doesn't smell like manure, I don't buy it. And no, it's not a poop fetish;)! I also like working with hickory and pecan. 

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5 hours ago, K Cooper said:

As a city boy, when ever I do get a chance to visit a place that has cows, I think the smell of cow manure is refreshing and country fresh. When I buy the bagged stuff for my garden, I will tear open a bag and if doesn't smell like manure, I don't buy it. And no, it's not a poop fetish;)! I also like working with hickory and pecan. 

:huh:

Next time you want "country smell", go drive by a chicken farm. 

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2 hours ago, Marmotjr said:

:huh:

Next time you want "country smell", go drive by a chicken farm. 

 

I've been around all of them all of my life. Hogs are the worst.

9 hours ago, Eric. said:

You sure it's not red oak?

 

9 hours ago, Lester Burnham said:

Red oak is cat pee, not moo doo.

I worked in a sawmill for 5 years. I don't remember hickory smelling bad, but we cut plenty of pi** oak.

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7 hours ago, freedhardwoods said:

I've been around all of them all of my life. Hogs are the worst.

You got that right! I had my jacket hanging on a hook in a hog barn for an hour & it stunk so bad the rest of the day that I couldn't wear it till I washed it.

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I'm pretty sure it's hickory, and I'm mostly sure it's pignut. Now that you mentioned possibility of rotten wood, do you guys think you could tell if these pictures suggest that problem?

 

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Doesn't look rotten to me. I like's it. But being hickory, if you can put your fingernail into it, it might be past it's prime. I hope not.

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Has the same hardness as the rest of it. I wonder what could it be, then, from the tree growth point of view. Looks interesting, thanks to the fact that the board has a very rapidly increasing runout towards the end seen as getting darker, on the pictures. Maybe it was closer to the basis of the trunk.

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I have been working with a very large amount of hickory lately (have over 30 doors to build plus stairs) and I can say that some of it does have an off smell, maybe even manure like as you say. I don't think it's anything to worry about.

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