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Preserving firewood
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TnT    Posted 01-15-2005 at 16:12:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I live in North Texas, Wichita Falls. I have about three acres of mesquite that I am clearing out to turn back into pasture/field use. I'm also going to build a house with several fireplaces. What's the best way to preserve the mesquite wood that I cut? I have cut some and stacked it on the ground and the bugs have eaten it nearly away. I got some cinder blocks covered with tar paper to keep some up off the ground and away from the bugs. If I cut all the mesquite now now long can I realisticaly expect it to be viable as firewood? I'd hate to have to start buying firewood in two years because mine had been bug eaten or rotted. What's the solution? build a low shed to cover the wood? cover it with a tarp?

Willy-N    Posted 01-16-2005 at 08:58:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't use a Tarp it will hold the moisture under it a mold the wood. Tin on top works good to help keep the rain and junk for settling on it. Sheds with open slots for the air to breath in it is a nice way to go. If protected from the sun and moisture it will last allmost for ever. Mark H.

Fern(Mi)    Posted 01-16-2005 at 06:12:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
May I suggest your taking my course in wood cutting, chopping, and stacking. Itíll include absolutely free, suggestions for keeping the wood dry. Advanced tuition payment and your time of arrival suggested for timely class assignments. Youíll find my educational process never to deep to fully understand the extra curricular home work. Good Luck! May I hear from you soon?
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Dug    Posted 01-15-2005 at 16:17:59       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Keep it dry and off the ground, it will last forever! Building a shed would be ideal, size depends on amount of wood you plan on burning each year. You need enough room to stack your wood with plenty of room for air to circulate and your wood needs to cure for at least 6 months.

Ayuh...    Posted 01-15-2005 at 17:47:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
When I stack on the ground, I cut some saplings about 3-4 inch diameter and lay them lengthways and stack across the the saplings...his keeps the wood elevated and allows air to circulate underneath...Some people use pallets...Many places give old pallets away free...

You don't absolutely need a shed, but you do need to cover just the top of your stacks at least...I like old sheets of tin roofing and then weight them down with a few chunks of the wood...Let the ends of the wood 'breath' and your firewood will last for a very long time...

Salmoneye, Whose Wood Doesn't Last That Long

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