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Mark in Ely, NV    Posted 06-07-2002 at 19:23:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Someone told me that if you spray down green fresh cut firewood with water once a week it will help draw the sap out of the wood and help it dry out faster.
Has anyone here heard of this method before?
Thanks for looking, Mark

Burrhead    Posted 06-08-2002 at 16:02:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Mark the sawmills around here have super sized sprinklers they run on logs once aweek if they have to hold them long before they make lumber.

The reason is to keep moisture in the logs so they don't dry out and ruin.

I think somebody told you wetting made the wood dry quicker to mess you up.

bob ny    Posted 06-08-2002 at 04:38:12       [Reply]  [No Email]
a dead tree thats standing will last longer than a dead tree lying down why the rain soaks into a tree thats down runs off one standing

Les...fortunate    Posted 06-08-2002 at 04:19:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Dead Carp has it right. Do your clothes dry faster on the line on a dry day or a damp day? Water, whether it's in the clothes on a line or in a piece of wood, is going to travel from an area of high concentration to an area of lower concentration. Just like the wind blows from high pressure towards low pressure. (Ignore the Coreolis Effect for the purpose of this experiment ";^))

DeadCarp    Posted 06-07-2002 at 21:39:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Introducing moisture helps get rid of it? And to think I've been covering the woodpile every year. I'd kinda doubt that Mark, but it'll rot faster if it's kept wet. and it'll crack more if it's peeled green.

If you're looking at wood & water, the lakes in Mn are full of old sunken pine logs but they're only good for interior stuff. Only tree i know of that gets cured underwater is Oregon Myrtlewood (California Laurel) but that's to avoid cracks. It gets submerged for a year, shipped and milled wet and the resulting veneer is kiln-dried.

Mark Hendershot    Posted 06-07-2002 at 22:17:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Covering your wood due to rain is ok but you need to let it breath or it will mildue on you if it is closed up to tight. Where I live the dry cold air will freeze dry the wood I don't ever cover it. The snow dosen't wet the wood around here. top layer has it on it but under is completely dry. Mark H.

WallSal55    Posted 06-08-2002 at 10:24:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
My grandfather used to cut his firewood into
logs, and stack them on the south side of some
small locust trees where they would get lots of
sun. He never covered it, but told me I think it
would take 3 years for it to season. If anyone
can correct me on the number of years it takes,
but that's what I remember as a small child. Now my brother does the same thing--has a woodpile out back, stacked very neatly, and uniformly. I
will have to ask him if he does it any differently
as they use their logs to heat their home every winter.

Mark Hendershot    Posted 06-08-2002 at 16:01:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have been heating with wood for around 20 years. We have a good air tight stove and use about 3 1/2 to 4 cord a year (complete year not just winter) we spend around 280.00 a year on wood and get it split but we have to split it more. Our house is insulated good and it dose not take much to heat it. I like to season it for 2-years but the small wood drys fast and our summers dry it fast around here (Eastern Washington). Mark H.

DeadCarp    Posted 06-08-2002 at 14:24:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
Three years of drying is about ideal for firewood. By then you'll lose the bottom layer to spoilage and the crust might be a little bleached, but the rest is worth it. When half the weight is gone, it's about ready. (I don't mind lugging wood, no point in lugging water too. heh heh)

Really the ideal furnace in my estimation would be an outdoor system,(to keep the ashes, bark, chips, dirt, bugs & soot away from the rug) one that uses water to carry the heat,(twice as efficient as air) ENCLOSED with the reservoir within a fair-sized shed so the wasted residual heat can pre-heat some firewood and so you can stoke and shovel ashes in shirtsleeves. Don't see many like that, but we should. While you're at it, leave a little room for tools, tinkering and an outlet in that free-heated shed! :)
Would an old recliner be considered a luxury?

Mark in Ely, NV    Posted 06-11-2002 at 12:44:32       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sorry for taking so long to get back.
Thanks for all the great replies.
I did not think that adding water would speed up the dry proccess but I had to ask.
Another old timer around here told me the same thing about adding water to wood to help it cure faster. I just don't see it.
I have seen Juniper and Pinyon Pine around here cure in one season. As long as it is split and stacked we can burn it after just one hot dry summer outside.
Thanks again and keep that water away from my wood!

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