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Do whole logs take up more room than split wood

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by bsa0021, Jul 10, 2009.

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  1. bsa0021

    bsa0021 Feeling the Heat

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    I have about 150 ft. of wood unsplit and someone told me that once it's split I would need more racks. I thought I would end up with less wood once split. What do you think?













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  2. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Split it will take up significantly more space is my vote.
  3. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa Minister of Fire

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    You will need to stack it higher or longer. Split wood takes up a little more space than in the round. Wood also shrinks as it dries so depending on how much shrinkage you have to look forward to, you will gain back some space.
  4. fsk2

    fsk2 New Member

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    Wow. Is that from one cl find? What the deal me jealous

    What type of wood?
  5. rdust

    rdust Minister of Fire

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    Put me down for the it'll take up more space group, especially if they're stacked loose.
  6. bsa0021

    bsa0021 Feeling the Heat

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    All from one house 10 miles away. Nice couple just bought a house and wanted the back yard cleaned out. I did the cutting, he loaded the truck. About 60% various maples, 20% cherry, and 10% apple and oak. It's stacked about 5.5' high.
    Funny thing.....before this I sent a letter out to a property owner next to some woods that had been partially cleared then I found this on CL. The next day I got a call concerning my letter with the ok to clear out anything dead. I'm not sure if I'll get any of that wood now but there's some oak I'd like to have.
    I think I'm turning into a wood hog.:)
  7. bsa0021

    bsa0021 Feeling the Heat

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    I should mention the split wood on the far left is from a couple years ago not from this find.
  8. Dune

    Dune Minister of Fire

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    Your pile will grow when you split it.
  9. DaveBP

    DaveBP Minister of Fire

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    It will also dry before it rots if you split it.
  10. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    Split = more space
  11. billb3

    billb3 Minister of Fire

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    More space.
    I only do small batches at a time (and not always stacking rounds ) so how much more is hard to say. But certainly more space.
  12. drdoct

    drdoct Feeling the Heat

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    Are those cut to length? They look too long to use but too short to cut in half.
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    wldm09 New Member

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    I'm just salivating at that wood. Nice score!
  14. gzecc

    gzecc Minister of Fire

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    About 10-15% more space. Primarily because stacked wood should be stacked loosely.
  15. bsa0021

    bsa0021 Feeling the Heat

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    I cut them to fit my stove 16-18". There are a few longer pieces to use for stacking on the end of the rows.
  16. Wood Duck

    Wood Duck Minister of Fire

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    I think it will take more space once split. I figure if I split a round into, for example, four pieces and stack the pieces, unless the four pieces are put back together like a puzzle, then I have introduced a bunch of open space into the round and it takes more space. On the other hand, when I have a bunch of splits, it is possible that if I stack really carefully they fit together more tightly than the original rounds, potentially reducing the empty space in my wood pile and making it smaller. In the end, I am pretty sure splitting makes my pile larger, since I stack the splits as loosly as I can without making the pile seem unstable. Perhaps if you stack the splits really tightly, you might not increase the volume of the pile, but I think you'd mess up the drying process by stacking that tightly.
  17. madrone

    madrone Minister of Fire

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    More. I predict about 12 cords. Maybe 30.
  18. hammerdavid

    hammerdavid New Member

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    So then if I am looking to buy wood and don't mind splitting it, does it follow that the more economical way to buy wood is buy it in rounds? If it's going to 'grow' when you split it, it would be more economical to buy it in rounds right?
  19. stejus

    stejus Minister of Fire

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    I'm not sure what you are paying for cut/split/delivered vs cut/delivered. If the cost is marginal between the two, i would opt for the cut/split/delivered, especially this time of the year. If you have a spliter, it's a no brainer. If you don't, it's up to you.
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