Chestnut timber is straight-grained and closely resembles Oak in young trees – but 20% lighter. With age, however, it develops spiral grain and splits and shakes badly at the sawmill, whole logs may simply fall apart.
Sweet chestnut is a durable timber, and fairly easy to split and is therefore used extensively for poles and cleft fencing. Because it is very similar in appearance to oak, although without the silver gure, it has also been used as an alternative to oak for structural work and panelling. It can be used for both furniture and turnery
Reprocessed as woodchip or as biomass for energy generation
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Stocks of Scottish sweet chestnut are low and variable, as it generally requires warmer summers to produce viable seed, and it’s less common here than the horse chestnut