Best place to season wood?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by wantstoburnwood, Jan 4, 2009.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. wantstoburnwood

    wantstoburnwood
    Expand Collapse
    Member

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2008
    Messages:
    197
    Likes Received:
    0
    Loc:
    pei
    I have enough room to put next years wood in my basement. Is it better put in this winter when the heat is on (21c) in the basement or leave it outside stacked until next fall?
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature

    Helpful Sponsor Ads!





  2. jadm

    jadm
    Expand Collapse
    New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2007
    Messages:
    918
    Likes Received:
    1
    Loc:
    colorado
    Don't know about moisture where you are. Obviously on an island you are surrounded with water....

    I live in a very dry climate and it is even drier in the winter. The cold just sucks the moisture right out of things so my wood stays outside until ready to burn.

    Best place is in an open spot where both sun and wind can reach it - stacked loosely so wind can blow right on through. Just a tarp on top if rain is a problem durning summer months.

    Sounds pretty good huh? It's what I've learned here and I have learned that it does work. ;-)
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  3. Bigg_Redd

    Bigg_Redd
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Oct 19, 2008
    Messages:
    4,153
    Likes Received:
    993
    Loc:
    Shelton, WA
    Is your basement well ventilated?
     
  4. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2007
    Messages:
    27,815
    Likes Received:
    7,367
    Loc:
    Michigan
    Definitely outdoors to season. Uncovered during the summer months. No need to cover when it rains unless you live in a very wet climate where it rains almost every day. Rain from summer showers drys extremely fast and won't soak into the wood. Leaving the wood uncovered allows for maximum evaporation of moisture. We leave ours uncovered until late fall or early winter then cover the top only.

    Stack wood where it will get good wind and hopefully good sun.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  5. wantstoburnwood

    wantstoburnwood
    Expand Collapse
    Member

    Joined:
    Jul 16, 2008
    Messages:
    197
    Likes Received:
    0
    Loc:
    pei
    Yes my basement is well ventilated with infloor heat and an air exchanger. Built in 98
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  6. btj1031

    btj1031
    Expand Collapse
    Feeling the Heat

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2008
    Messages:
    322
    Likes Received:
    2
    Loc:
    NH
    I've learned this lesson the hard way. Keep it outside for seasoning. Sunshine and a breeze do a lot more to dry the wood than keeping the rain off it.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  7. savageactor7

    savageactor7
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jan 25, 2008
    Messages:
    3,708
    Likes Received:
    10
    Loc:
    CNY
    For a variety or reasons I wouldn't bring wood into a basement until it was thoroughly seasoned.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  8. Der Fuirmeister

    Der Fuirmeister
    Expand Collapse
    Member

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2009
    Messages:
    219
    Likes Received:
    0
    Loc:
    WI
    Wood that goes through wet and dry periods will dries faster. Wood will season better outside. Besides, you don't want the added moisture in your house until fall / winter. Cover the pile in fall before the rain and snow start. I bring the wood in after we've had a few good hard frosts to reduce insects. Any wood left outside over winter here in WI is best kept covered.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  9. Malatesta

    Malatesta
    Expand Collapse
    New Member

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2008
    Messages:
    112
    Likes Received:
    1
    Loc:
    Maryland


    This is what works for me as well ! I keep my racks in the back of the property were the sun and wind are on it.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  10. gibson

    gibson
    Expand Collapse
    New Member

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2008
    Messages:
    663
    Likes Received:
    1
    Loc:
    Lincoln, RI
    I store mine in a corner of my yard that is out of view. Unfortunately is has a fair amount of shade, but it is warm and breezy and when stacked on pallets, it really dries wood.
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  11. kennyR

    kennyR
    Expand Collapse
    New Member

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2009
    Messages:
    9
    Likes Received:
    0
    Loc:
    ker21801@yahoo.com
    I have just had about a cord of gum, a cord of maple and a cord of cherry given to me from a building lot. the trees had to go before construction could sart ... we have agotten it split and racked criss cross.... on average how long will it take before I can start to burn???? is there a difference between tree spec.s in terms of time to season???
     
  12. bigoak9745

    bigoak9745
    Expand Collapse
    New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 23, 2008
    Messages:
    44
    Likes Received:
    0
    Loc:
    Clare, MI
    I keep 1 cord in basement, but do not have moisture issues. Wood insid e dries well if close to stove/furnace. But for large quanitues, drying outside using the wind and sun work better!
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
  13. billb3

    billb3
    Expand Collapse
    Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2007
    Messages:
    4,282
    Likes Received:
    588
    Loc:
    SE Mass
    Death Valley outside
     
    Collapse Signature Expand Signature
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page