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Almost out of seasoned wood...

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by shanenest, Feb 23, 2013.

  1. shanenest

    shanenest Member

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    Buy oil, Buy seasoned wood or mix some fresh cut rounds (red oak) in with the bit of seasoned I have left. Cleaned the chimney today so I know its nice & clean.Cleaning the chimney is very easy & I can easily do it myself...is burning some green wood really so bad?

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  2. Slow1

    Slow1 Minister of Fire

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    You are almost certainly not going to be able to buy wood that is much better than the fresh cut rounds you have. I'd suggest save your last weeks worth of seasoned wood for an emergency (i.e. if we actually get a decent storm again) and go oil for the rest of the year... not a lot left anyway.

    Then again, depending on how much you need and how far you are from Milford perhaps I could help you out a bit - I am feeling pretty good for this year with my supply so PM me if intersted.
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  3. gzecc

    gzecc Minister of Fire

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    Do the best you can to get either ash or locust. Worst case is you'll have it ready for next year.
  4. red oak

    red oak Minister of Fire

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    You will lose a lot of efficiency burning the green wood, and you already mentioned cleaning the chimney. You'll notice the fires are harder to start and you'll use more wood. Having said that, if I were in your position, I would burn the wood I have. We only have a month or two left to burn anyway, just check the chimney and keep the oil off. I burned green wood for many years, and know many that still do, and it will keep you warm after a lot of fuss and bother and is still cheaper than oil. This is also a good lesson to get as far ahead as you can!
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  5. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    First choice oil
    2nd choice, find some burnable wood.

    If neither work out, you have to,
    "Burn what you got, seasoned or not"

    Like said, that brings in some problems but you gotta keep the house warm.
    Burn hot, clean often. (been there done that, learning the hard way is a fast teacher :) )
  6. Woody Stover

    Woody Stover Minister of Fire

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    Shame to burn that Oak before it's ready...
  7. shanenest

    shanenest Member

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    Thanks for the advice everyone. Stay warm.
  8. adams614

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    What about biobricks?

    You could use them exclusively or in tandem with some not so dry ash or maple.
  9. legrandice

    legrandice Burning Hunk

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    Where do you live in MA? I am 5 years ahead...might be willing to trade some green for dry.
    I live in 01075
  10. Tfapps

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    I'm in the same boat searched craigslist for about a week to try to get some seasoned wood, and contacted many people. Finally called someone who seemed promising. Swore they had Oak seasoned 2 years. Came to drop it off and it looked like it was split the day before and not a complete cord. I still ended up taking it for a lot less money and figured I would store it.

    I am pretty much giving up on this burning season and focusing on getting enough wood for next season and beyond. Already have 4-4.5 cords. This is my second year burning and have used almost no oil. Killing me right now to hear that furnace kick on!
  11. Beer Belly

    Beer Belly Minister of Fire

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    Same boat here. Currently burning 14 month (CSS) Oak.....still gets up there in heat, but not as good as it could if I waited another year or so......gotta burn whatchya got, I'm not paying the oil man
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  12. ScotO

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    maybe mix some clean pallet scraps with what you have.....split the wood you got down small (around 3x3" or 4x4") and that will help it go a little easier, but keep in mind you are going to have to watch your chimney......you'll be putting moisture in your flue and that will need to be kept in check.....

    And the best advice any of us can give you is do whatever you can to get three years ahead. All of the problems you are having now will not exist if you can do that....
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  13. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    One more reason we recommend getting 3 years ahead on your wood supply. It really does pay great dividends.
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  14. Rory

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    Interesting. We have a local supplier that gets $265 for seasoned and $300 for a cord of cut and split wood, mostly ash. This is the second time I've resorted to him to finish out a year. I have a Tarm gasification furnace that requires really dry wood, and a 50/50 blend of his products works well. It's expensive, but still less than half the price of oil.

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