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Do you cover your wood while it's seasoning?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by GS7, Oct 19, 2013.

  1. oldspark

    oldspark Guest

    Single row with a tarp the ground does not get wet under the tarp, I guess I have never seen it here, maybe with more rainfall I guess.

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  2. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Yeah I was shocked. I move the next years supply into the shed in May and halfway through the job I ran into wet oak that had been in those stacks top covered for three years. The new solar fan I installed in the shed seems to have fixed it for that supply. I sure hope it has dried out. I will find out in January. It is in the back of the shed. The stuff in the front is five year old oak in the shed for three years. I am afraid to smoke around it. I kept using up everything but that back cord every year. Finally moved it to the front this year.
  3. PSYS

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    Me too. :)

    Uncovering during the spring/summer months and then top cover only starting early October.
  4. maple1

    maple1 Minister of Fire

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    While seasoning? No.

    After it's seasoned, I might tarp the top if it will be sitting through the winter until the next one.

    Otherwise, if it's being burned this winter, I cover it with my house in late September/early October or so.
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  5. Paulywalnut

    Paulywalnut Minister of Fire

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    i was thinking moisture from the ground seeps up into the top few layers.
  6. Slow1

    Slow1 Minister of Fire

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    Interesting that folks have found moisture under their top only tarps. I'm going to have to go out and check mine to see what may be under them. Perhaps in the spring I'll uncover the stack that has now been top-covered since splitting about a year ago and see what shape it is in. It is a pain to do so in my case as I put so many staples around it :) But even so my worst case seems to be that the very top layer (single layer of splits) could be less seasoned than the rest of the pile. I would think that being such a thin layer that air can flow under and dry out the tarp, but....
  7. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    I've seen this many times when people say they will cover and uncover then cover again, etc. I say once it is covered, leave it alone. Putting up wood is hard enough work and this extra work with the tarps seems a bit out of the ordinary for sure. Once we cover it, no uncovering until it is ready to go. Well, we have had a couple times when the covering blew off but that is not normal and we don't make our rules or decisions based on exceptions.
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  8. STIHLY DAN

    STIHLY DAN Feeling the Heat

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    Only time I have seen moisture under the cover is when its a tarp that started to break down, do to the UV rays. I actually look often just to see how things are doing under there. Some people stop to smell the flowers. I take a stroll and check out all the stacks.
  9. OldLumberKid

    OldLumberKid Feeling the Heat

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    I do the cover-uncover routine, since I don't use a lot of wood right now.

    Other times I just top cover for a while, especially in summer humidity rainy T-storm stretches, or snowy winter weeks, but uncovered for long periods when the outlook is generally fair. I don't obsess about a little rain here and there.

    It seems to the top cover tarp hinders seasoning somewhat, but not as much as the drenching monsoons we get on Long Island. When the humidity sets in for months and it's gotten wet, it can take a while to dry again.
  10. Nixon

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    I try to stay at least 5 years ahead . This year , i should have been at around 7-9 years ahead but unforeseen things just didn't allow that to happen . It takes a bit of planning and work to get there , but it's very much worth it once you achieve that goal . Don't believe me, just ask Dennis ! ::P
    Oh, and when I cover , it's with metal roofing ,so it. Allows for a bit of air flow at the top of the stacks , so no moisture problems to speak of .
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  11. Slow1

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    I'm not convinced that to-covering slows the drying process for the whole stack; rather if anything just the top row if using a tarp may get a bit of a tent effect to trap some moisture. I would imagine this is most likely in cases where the air is cooled significantly on top and the wood/moist air under is warmer thus allowing condensation. However, I can't imagine it sticks around for long once the sun hits the tarp and warms it up. I know the tarps make for a warm spot as when once when I lifted the tarp from my main stack in the morning I found several (like 5+) snakes up there warming themselves. I am not generally bothered by snakes but that startled me quite a bit (especially as my face was close to them). Haven't seen as many mice around the stacks though.... but I digress.

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