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How long to wait b4 using firewood
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bill    Posted 10-06-2003 at 07:49:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Howdy all. I'm a regular over on the tractor discussion boards, and an occasional "lurker" over here in Kountrylife.

So, how long do I have to wait until I use firewood I've cut? The tree in question was cut in early May due to a storm.



sven    Posted 10-06-2003 at 17:31:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Unless the tree was already dead, I wouldn't try burning it until next year. Fire wood which is not properly seasoned is the major cause of chimney fires.


Ludwig    Posted 10-06-2003 at 11:05:00       [Reply]  [No Email]
We've got alot of poplar and spruce. Generally the spruce isn't worth a danged to burn, it needs an awful hot fire under it to ignite.
Poplar on the other hand burns good even if its a little wet. What we generally do is start a fire with stuff from the kindling barrel, which is pine. Then add poplar and when the fire is really starting to roar put the spruce to it.
This is our first year with the good woodstove so most of the wood is a bit wet, we'll know more next year.
On my farm spruce and poplar are almost nusance trees. Can't get rid of the wood fast enough. We're working on planting some of the farm in trees to cut back the taxes. Dad and I are having a bit of a fight over what we plant. Dad wants spruce because we can get the trees cheap. I say something like Maple is more valuable for the wood it will eventually produce and the fact that we could tap some of the trees before then. I say even pine would be better than spruce. What do we need more spruce for?


Salmoneye    Posted 10-06-2003 at 08:56:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Depends on the wood...

I girdle Ash trees in the winter...Drop em about now...Cut, split and stack em under cover and they are ready in weeks...Do the same with Maple and they are not ready till the ash is running out in late winter...


Willy-N    Posted 10-06-2003 at 08:50:30       [Reply]  [No Email]

This is about 2 years worth a little over 7 cord all neatly stacked ready to burn. Mark H.


Willy-N    Posted 10-06-2003 at 08:37:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
I like mine to dry for 2 years befor burning. We burn Fir and Tamerack. That way it lights with a match allmost. I just keep a 2 year supply on hand and keep replacing the one used up. Dryer the better less BTU waste in cooking the moisture out in your fire box. Stack stays cleaner too. Not sure about Hard Woods back east. Mark H.


don    Posted 10-06-2003 at 18:56:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I would let it dry at least 6 months if I was burning it with a wood stove inside the house. Outside furnace, you can cut it today and burn it today. I have used Oak, Cherry, Crabapple, Ash, Elm, Hickory, Maple, Dogwood, Popular, Sarvisberry and most of the softwoods. My choice is Oak, (red, white, black or pinoak) Cherry and Ash. There is an old saying, Ash green or Ash dry is fit for a king to warm his slippers by.

If you climate will take it you couldn't go wrong by planting Red Oak and Black Cherry on your wood lots.


screaminghollow    Posted 10-06-2003 at 08:09:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Woods dry out at different rates, depending on whether its covered, species, hunidity etc. Around here they generally figure at least six months. If it has been split, perhaps a little sooner. I once had a load of oak firewood delivered and it was obviously at least a few years or more since it had been cut, but it was still damp as could be and smoked terrible. We have a lot of poplar here and it doesn't give much heat unless bone dry. It will burn after 3 months, but unless it is covered, it seems to soak up water again with each rain. The same seems true for walnut. So we keep some wood stacked out side and some stacked under cover.


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