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Big Oak split dry time

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by SolarAndWood, Oct 10, 2011.

  1. Thistle

    Thistle Minister of Fire

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    I see your two & raise you eight pounds.

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  2. ecocavalier02

    ecocavalier02 Minister of Fire

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    Curious to see how this works out so i can try it but if i wait to see how it works before i try it that will be 8 years. and my son will be in third grade. haha. might just have to try it. i was just thinking of doing the same things with some chunks i have left over. not quite that big though.
  3. SolarAndWood

    SolarAndWood Minister of Fire

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    My thought with the split size is I can put 3 of them on top of a bed of coals and smaller splits.
  4. SolarAndWood

    SolarAndWood Minister of Fire

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    So, not a controlled experiment like some us around here run, but here is where I am with my control 9x9x21 or ~ 1 cu ft split.

    Live healthy tree dropped and bucked mid August, split sometime around labor day, 1st and 2nd pics taken on 9/19, 3rd this morning. 7 pounds out of the 18 or so Sweep's charts say this split should lose by the time it is ready for the stove.

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  5. woodchip

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    I always like to keep wood off the ground so cats can nip under and get any rats that might take up residence, extra drying is a bonus ;-)
  6. ohlongarm

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    How long might those sized splits burn in a BK. Thanks
  7. cptoneleg

    cptoneleg Minister of Fire

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    Well Solar I hope yours go well, and dries out these are my future overnighters, 21" L about 9" cut live tree Jan 2011, split stacked April 2011, like you said why not I have plenty of Oak. I do wish I would have weighed one and marked it.

    Good Luck

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    If you could get 4 of those beasts in your stove at the same time that would be 168 lbs when dry...that'd last a few minutes between reloads.
  9. cptoneleg

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    Wow that would be 42 lbs each, mine aren't that big, maybe 30lbs.when stacked, and I thought I went BIG. :lol:
  10. scotvl

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    Sorry for the off topic question Solar but do you have a thread or any info on the electric splitter conversion, and how do you like it power and noise wise?
  11. thewoodlands

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    Solar, I always like seeing the big piles of wood, the oak looks great.


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  12. cptoneleg

    cptoneleg Minister of Fire

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    I will guess--- The Quest For A Long A$$ed Burn
  13. SolarAndWood

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    Standard 16gpm Haldex 2 stage pump with a 220V 5hp motor off a rotted compressor. Replaced an old Wisconsin gas after reading a Ramsplitter review and couldn't be happier. It is hiding under the Little Tikes swing re-purposed as a motor cover.

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  14. bogydave

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    You gat a hydraulic lifter on that beast?
    That's one big round! Serious BTUs in that one. :)
  15. SolarAndWood

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    Bingo. Nice coal bed, layer of 4-5 inch locust splits NS with 2 of these laid EW over the top. Not sure about 168 pounds, but should be able to do 120 pretty easy. 900,000 BTUs in a single load in the firebox.
  16. SolarAndWood

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    I wish. That cherry round and whatever that other one is sitting next to the splitter are the "stairs" that I roll the big ones up. The big Oak rounds were 40" in diameter and 20-22" in length. Felt them the next day for sure.
  17. scotvl

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    [quote author="SolarAndWind]

    Standard 16gpm Haldex 2 stage pump with a 220V 5hp motor off a rotted compressor. Replaced an old Wisconsin gas after reading a Ramsplitter review and couldn't be happier. It is hiding under the Little Tikes swing re-purposed as a motor cover.[/quote]

    Thanks for the info, is a hydraulic pressure control switch needed also? If so where did you get yours. One last question, what rpm is the motor 1750 or 3400?
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    That should last all night long in the BKK, eh?
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    Motor is 3400, don't have a pressure control switch but don't know what one is either.
  20. SolarAndWood

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    You got me. I'm just trying to get out of starting a fire every morning :coolsmirk:
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    Can not believe someone asked you WHY!!!!!!! Im joining (Q L A B) CLUB The better the fuel the farther you go :zip:

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    I bet someone out there will now be thinking of how to clear a million BTU's in a single loading.........

    Although the idea of a 48 hour burn without any poking or prodding might not be everybodies idea of an enjoyable evening by the fire......... ;-)
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    Assuming you have a standard splitter valve, the pressure relief is built in.
  24. SolarAndWood

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    I've done 48 hour burns twice, both with about 100 pounds of locust in the box. First time was when we first got the stove just because I didn't believe the marketing B.S. Second was last New Years weekend. Gone for 3 days and the stove was still warm when we got back. Raked the coals, few pieces of pine on the bottom of the load and off it went. The general strategy however is to burn the lowest grade fuel I've got that will keep the house warm for 24 hours. The Oak experiment is part of the plan for being able to do that in January. Between fuel, stove and major overhaul of the shell of the house, I think I can get there.
  25. SolarAndWood

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    I never got how critical the fuel is until I started loitering around here. When I found hearth, I wasn't even in the game.

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