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best way to season Apple Wood?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Riggs, Mar 11, 2013.

  1. Riggs

    Riggs Member

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    so a neighbor of my parents has some apple trees that he wants removed...and asked if i was willing to cut for him..and that i could take all the wood i wanted...so of course my answer was YES :)
    i've never seasoned apple before...should i split right away or wait? don't want to screw this up as he's got 60 trees and that's A LOT of apple wood to dry out correctly...i'd hate myself if i ruined it in any way.

    thanks,

    riggs

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  2. BobUrban

    BobUrban Minister of Fire

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    CSS as usual and get it off the ground. Single rows will season faster but give it a year or more for best results.
  3. Riggs

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    thanks again Bob...i was thinking i'd season this 2 years minimum before i burned it....things like this don't come along here very often so i'm excited to say the least. plus...it's free which is the icing on the cake!
  4. ScotO

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    Welcome to the club Riggs! (your name reminds me of Lethal Weapon)....
    Apple takes a long time (like oak) but it's a great wood for burning. Split it ASAP, stack it off the ground as any other wood. Just plan on it taking 2 to 3 years to be really primo....
    I have over a half cord of apple left, I keep it for cooking on the pit. It's been C/S/S for 4 years come April and it STILL has moisture in it (it's stacked behind the main stacks, out of the wind). I like it to smolder when cooking on it anyway...
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  5. gzecc

    gzecc Minister of Fire

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    I just posted a thread about apple never seems to season. I would split it small and expect to stack it in single rows for 3 yrs in the sun and wind.
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  6. Riggs

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    thanks for the advice Scotty, it's appreciated.

    yes...i get the "lethal weapon" stuff all the time...people always ask me "where's Murtaugh?" they also like to ask me if i can really run that fast or if it's just the cameras :)
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  7. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    I like apple wood . . . sometimes it is a bit tough to split . .. sometimes a bit curvy . . . but it smells so good while processing, burns well, coals nicely and you can use it to smoke the meat. You might get by with a year of seasoning . . . two years will often be better.
  8. jdp1152

    jdp1152 Minister of Fire

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    I cut and split a partially dead apple tree last year. It was all twisted up and a royal pain to process, even with hydraulics. Most of it doesn't even resemble logs. I cut most of the branches into fist sized chunks and will save for the Big Green Egg.
  9. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

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    You're probably going to end up with a lot of rounds...seems like there's always more branch than trunk on an apple tree. Couple years and you'll have some good firewood.

    Outdoor fire-pit....throw on some apple...couple cold barley pops...heaven right there.
  10. Bret Chase

    Bret Chase Minister of Fire

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    With any fruitwoods I end up with (I've got a bunch on the 3 year rehab plan)... I use them to cook with..... burgers cooked over apple.... OMFG!
  11. Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle

    Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle Minister of Fire

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    I have 2 that are coming down this year.

    Can't wait to get it CSS, and try it.
  12. Bret Chase

    Bret Chase Minister of Fire

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    for heat... apple puts any oak... and locust to shame...

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