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dead standing pine

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by kobudo, May 14, 2009.

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  1. kobudo

    kobudo Member

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    I have several dead standing pine trees on my property. I think they died a year or two ago.
    If I cut and split them this summer do you think they will be ready to burn this winter?

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  2. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    pine season fast when splitt should be fine
  3. fossil

    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    Probably. Get to work! Rick
  4. joshlaugh

    joshlaugh New Member

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    Yes, I am doing a simiarl thing with a white pine I cut down a few weeks ago. I plan to burn it first in the fall
  5. Jerry_NJ

    Jerry_NJ Minister of Fire

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    So what happens if one burns pine that isn't "fully" aged? If I burn "green" oak the only problem I think I get is lower heat output, and some water up the chimney, is that a problem?
  6. fossil

    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    Condensation of creosote, Jerry...independant of the species of wood. Seasoning is vital, regardless. Rick
  7. Duetech

    Duetech Minister of Fire

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    Pine can be prone to termite infestation. Friends had a small pine grove and several of the trees died suddenly and they found they were infested. Watch for them when you cut down a tree. If you find them leave the tree and treat the stump for termites. In early winter cut to harvest for fire wood as surviving termites go into the ground and go dormant. Cut the trees and then treat the stumps in the early spring and early summer to eradicate. Termites need water and sunlight is lethal to them. Wood that is split and dry will not be in danger of infestation but wood that can get wet is an open invitation to them if they are in the area.
  8. Bigg_Redd

    Bigg_Redd Minister of Fire

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    Without a doubt.
  9. Skier76

    Skier76 Minister of Fire

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    I'm doing the same thing; found a few dead standing pines behind our house in VT. I was actually able to push them over. They're not that big, but why let that wood go to waste? I'll see how it looks once I cut it up.
  10. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    No issues with white pine if they've been standing dead for a year or two.
  11. TreePapa

    TreePapa Minister of Fire

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    Most of the dead pine 'round here is due to them pine bark beetles, which are only a hazard to live standing pine, from what I've heard. I used to think they were termites, but the variety of wood destroying pests can be mind boggling.

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