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Evolution of a Wood Stack

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by DexterDay, Nov 11, 2012.

  1. DexterDay

    DexterDay Guest

    Here are a few pics from a Log Load I had delivered in Spring, to Splits today (and then some work today).

    There are people that try and judge wood by Color. Well, this is a Prime example. The better part of this wood was done in June/July. Will it burn?? Yes. Does it "Look" seasoned? Yes.

    But I have wood in my Stacks by the house, that look freshly split. It was inside my Barn for over a Year. So no Sun fading at all. Looks like frsh split wood. But is UBER DRY!

    Anyways. I have been critiqued on my stacks in the past. I blame in others here. (I dont want to name, Names, but I could) :)

    (Seperating fron Logs and Rounds to Splits/ More pics to follow)

    Click to enlarge pics please

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  2. DexterDay

    DexterDay Guest

    Here are Split pics.

    Then work today to follow (and the "Color" Change of the Large stack (36' long x 4' tall x 3 rows deep x 18" splits)

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  3. DexterDay

    DexterDay Guest

    Here is the Main stack now and then some of what I Cut and stacked today. Most was smaller clean-up stiff from the storm that wont require splitting. A little Orange Oasage, Elm, Cherry, Pine, and majority Ash.. Either way its wood.

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  4. Blue2ndaries

    Blue2ndaries Minister of Fire

    Oct 17, 2011
    Wow. :eek:
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  5. gmule

    gmule Feeling the Heat

    Feb 9, 2011
    Conifer Colorado
    that's a lotta wood.Good looking dog too
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  6. geoff1969

    geoff1969 Member

    Sep 16, 2012
    those are very nice stacks and a good looking clean place for working in = top job .cheers
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  7. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

    Dec 4, 2009
    So Cent ALASKA
    Nice days work ;) LOL

    From a nice neat stack of logs.
    To a nice neat stack of rounds
    To a nice neat stack of splits.

    You are a neat freak or just enjoy stacking LOL :) :)
    Maybe like me a little of both, saves space & looks good until you can get to it ;)

    Awesome pictures & great color variations. Very nice set up. Great example of seasoning stacks, out in the open, space between rows.

    Plan to finish splitting thru winter or wait for spring?

    Barn & a hanger, sweet.
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  8. Dunragit

    Dunragit Member

    Dec 3, 2011
    those pics are great, thanks. How long will that last you?
  9. DexterDay

    DexterDay Guest

    Thanks, He was an awesome dog. Oscar was always around when I was working.. But he passed this Summer :( Best Dog in the World.....

    I get the neat freak thing from here ;) Gonna try and finish splitting today.

    All told, it was a little over 6 cord. There is just a shade over 5 in the stack (Big stack/ not counting side stack that needs split).

    So a lil less than 2 yrs worth. But I have about 2 yrs worth up at the house also and some inside the Barn. The woodshed has been filled more also (not FULL yet, but I am not rotating the stock this year :()

    Thanks for the replies everyone. It took about 2 months from start to finish. Mainly with what little weekend time I had this Summer. Could have been done lots faster, but... :)

    Here are the house stacks (12' x 4.5' x 18"). And here is a shot of how i stack pellets (got it bad).

    The price I paid was $500 and a broken toe about mid-way through. I posted a pic when it happened, but I will save you the stomach churning :)

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  10. MarkinNC

    MarkinNC Minister of Fire

    Oct 3, 2010
    Leicester, NC
    Very nice work. Looking at your sig, it looks like you burn pellets too or maybe you used too?
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  11. swagler85

    swagler85 Minister of Fire

    Mar 4, 2012
    NE Ohio
    You have a beautiful setup, makes my stacks look like hillbilly stacks.( which they kinda are)
    Love the pic of the rounds all spread out, looks like a wood graveyard
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  12. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

    Aug 25, 2009
    Money in the bank, nice work.

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  13. PapaDave

    PapaDave Minister of Fire

    Feb 23, 2008
    Northern MI - in the mitten
    I'm still amazed at your stacks, Dex. Must have something to do with the 18" rounds.
    Yeah, that's the ticket.
    Just curious why you stack the rounds instead of just splitting them and stacking as you go.
    I'm always looking for ways to lighten the work load, but that's me.
    You obviously put the level and plumb-bob away before taking pics.;)
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  14. DexterDay

    DexterDay Guest

    I didn't know if they were gonna sit there for 6 months on the ground. Plus the work area got so FULL ot rounds, I had to put some elsewhere. I figured, WTH, just stack'em and make twice the work ;)

    Really looking back on it, I shouldn't have. But it did make for a Nice Pic (maybe thats why ;em).

    Yeah. Pellets are what i actually consider to be my primary heat. I used to use 4-4.5 ton a year. With the addition of the 30-NC, I went down to 2 ton last year (3 cord of wood). Pellet furnace is the cats Meow. Get it to 90° in the basement and let the furnace pump it through the house. Even heat distribution :)

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  15. PapaDave

    PapaDave Minister of Fire

    Feb 23, 2008
    Northern MI - in the mitten
    It did, indeed.:cool:
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  16. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

    Feb 14, 2007
    Dexter, that really has to be nice getting the log loads. Believe it or not, I also considered doing that a couple times but backed out. It just seems that without having to mess with the limbs and sometimes even hard to get to the tree that log loads would be nice. It certainly would cut down on the time necessary to do it all
  17. DexterDay

    DexterDay Guest

    I got a small Log load last year (trade) and I must admit, it prob did me in. I still go and cut a lot of my own. But because I do sell a little to family members and every year I donate 2-3 truckloads for our Klondike Campout (January camping with my Sons Boy Scout troop) it is very nice to not have to leave my property. Not to mention the felling and limbing part :)
    It was 99% Deadstanding Ash and all very straight with one Pignut Hickory.

    I will still cut most of my own. But because I do sell/give away 4 cord a year, I will prob buy a Log Load every March. Over 6 cord for $500 and I just need to buck and split it. Cut my own and buy what I sell/give.

    Here is a pic from my Wifes phone. She took it while he was unloading (I was in the barn).

  18. Bacffin

    Bacffin Minister of Fire

    Jan 2, 2012
    30 Miles Northwest of Boston
    Dex, that stack of logs looks awfuly familiar! :) I like your style.
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  19. corey21

    corey21 Minister of Fire

    Oct 28, 2010
    Soutwest VA
    Very nice work and stacks.
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  20. cptoneleg

    cptoneleg Minister of Fire

    Jul 17, 2010
    I was going to ask where your propane tank was but I saw it , You have come a long way . Great work.
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  21. DexterDay

    DexterDay Guest

    Yeah. Its still stuffed between the Stacks of wood. Thats the garage tank
    There was a In Law Suite behind the garage that has since been converted to a shop. Only accessible from the door on the backside of the garage. That tank will disappear this Summer.

    The house tank (only used for cooking) is on the other side of the house.

  22. Gasifier

    Gasifier Minister of Fire

    Apr 25, 2011
    St. Lawrence River Valley, N.Y.
    Cool. Nice work DexterDay. That is a serious supply of BTUs. Umm, the third picture of the stacks that are split already. The row in the back is leaning about 3 degrees back. Straightin that up a bit will ya. Sav is lookin.
  23. JOHN BOY

    JOHN BOY Minister of Fire

    Sep 20, 2012
    Western Mountains ,NC
    Wow very nicely done..;)
  24. MasterMech

    MasterMech Guest

    Why? Isn't that going to be your storage tank for your boiler install? You've already got two out of three of the major forums covered , why not the third? ;) :p

    Or since you've got the cordwood bug for sure, and CAD on top of that, just rip off the band-aid and retire the pellets. ;lol::P

    Just teasin'...
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  25. Freakingstang

    Freakingstang Feeling the Heat

    Dec 30, 2012
    Berlin Center, Ohio
    Damn!!! where are you getting your osage (hedge)? haven't been able to find any in years

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