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An ash drying experiment...

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by jdinspector, May 27, 2013.

  1. jdinspector

    jdinspector Feeling the Heat

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    I split some dead ash yesterday. This was EAB dead that a local tree service had in their "landfill" pile. Great stuff- straight and about 32-36" long. I cut it all to 16-18" logs and split it. Really easy to split.

    The wood was very dry for freshly Split wood. I checked moisture content on some fresh splits and found about 23% MC. I am going to take 1 row of my next year's shed-full and replace it with this wood. It will sit all summer, covered and exposed to south sun and wind. It will be the last wood I burn next heating season. Based on past experience with ash and what I have heard folks here say, I'm guessing this will be be dry by April/may of 2014. Any input?
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  2. Woody Stover

    Woody Stover Minister of Fire

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    If you don't split it real big and get it stacked now, I bet it will be ready by fall....down around 18%.
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  3. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Good plan
    Might even be good to burn before Spring of 2014.
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  4. jeff_t

    jeff_t Minister of Fire

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    Yep. You'll find that the dead ash dries pretty quick. You'll probably be fine burning it in October. I do it all the time, except when I make some 12" monster splits. I give those another year.
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  5. ScotO

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    Like woody said, that stuff has a chance at being ready by fall, if you make the splits small to medium (4x4"-5x5"). So, get crackin'! (the wood, that is);)
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  6. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    I don't even think you'd have to split it small. That dry, it will easily be ready to burn if you need it next fall.

    For sure that ash will be one of the easiest to split which also makes it favorable for those splitting by hand. With the hydraulics, many times just a touch with the wedge and the log splits. Sometimes you may have to go a few inches into the log if it has a knot but still splits very easy so it is really fast work with hydraulics.
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  7. HDRock

    HDRock Minister of Fire

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    +1 once split the ash will dry down pretty quick, at 23% now ,probably be 12-15% by fall
  8. Paulywalnut

    Paulywalnut Minister of Fire

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    yep, nice quick drying beautiful burning wood.
    get it c/s/s right away.

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