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Halfway there. How's your wood pile?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Backwoods Savage, Jan 22, 2013.

  1. Thistle

    Thistle Minister of Fire

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    Not quite 1.5 cord burned so far since early November.Entire season last year was about the same from Nov to early April.Most of December was near normal temps until 3rd week,past 3 weeks minus 3-4 days have been very cold also.Monday morning low was -2,last time it was below 0 here was Feb 2011.Supposed to be 30 tommorow & 35-45 by middle of next week.
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  2. swagler85

    swagler85 Minister of Fire

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    fall and spring are "shoulder season" times when you dont need to burn every day or burn 24/7. Most of us that have wood separated by species will burn the low end wood during these times, and save the good stuff for colder time of year like January/February
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  3. etiger2007

    etiger2007 Minister of Fire

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    Not to bad , I did give a cord and a half of walnut to an employee of mine to help him out with some dry wood and I also gave a friend half a truck load of walnut to take to Barton City during their hunting trip. Both said it was the best wood they ever burned, people just dont understand how important it is to DRY the wood.
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  4. PapaDave

    PapaDave Minister of Fire

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    Good on ya' Ed.
    Do you suppose they'll do anything on their own to improve their wood burning?
    Expect a call next year. "Hey Ed, ya got any more of that dry wood?";lol
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  5. Bret Chase

    Bret Chase Minister of Fire

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    I wish walnut was more common around here... of the 800+/- acres I have access to.... I know of exactly 3 walnut trees... and they are in my side yard...
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  6. etiger2007

    etiger2007 Minister of Fire

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    I have already been warned!!!!!!!!!!
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  7. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Milder winter than normal. May use the five cords I had ready. (2 full years seasoned)
    Typically we go through about six cords. Hoping this is a milder winter. It has been so far
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  8. Blue2ndaries

    Blue2ndaries Minister of Fire

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    It's been suprisingly cold, but dry, here in OR. In the high teens/low 20s at night and mid 30s during the day. We've gone thru about 2 cords of wood, but sitting pretty with about 12cord left. It feels sooooo good to be ahead and a few years out.
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  9. loadstarken

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    The local forecasters here are rarely right due to the odd terrain and all. So now I only use wunderground.com and put in my zip code and use the weather stations around me and their forecasts. Try it out!
  10. Mark McKenna

    Mark McKenna New Member

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    Just bought this house, first year burning, There was about 2 cord of extremely well seasoned wood in the basement when I bought it (they used the oil furnace primarily).

    Until now (just moved in) i have been having to restart the stove every time I came to work on the house. I don't know if that had been worse for my wood burning or better (I've noticed I seem to use less wood if i keep the house warm, plus i just discovered secondaries!!)

    Anyways I have just slightly more than a cord left and at least 3-4 months of burning left (North Eastern Ontario) I don't think I'm going to make it but really don't want to turn on the oil furnace.
  11. jatoxico

    jatoxico Minister of Fire

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    Don't know if I'm gonna make it. Have to ration and it will be down to wire. Still not on easy street but I'm gettin' there ;).
  12. Hickorynut

    Hickorynut Burning Hunk

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    Having our coldest winter weather here in western ky. right now, so going through wood at a faster rate. Best I can figure have burned less than 2 cords close to 1.75 probably. Not satisfied with stove heat plus cathedral ceiling opening to a upstairs. Also, three full view glass patio doors and many average energy efficient windows. So blame all around. Beats paying for propane though and enjoy the wood work.
  13. midwestcoast

    midwestcoast Minister of Fire

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    When I stacked-up the wood for this year I didn't know that my wife would be home with a baby all winter & how much more wood we'd burn! But since winter never arrived last year we are still looking good: about 1.5 cord down and 2 ready & waiting. I don't have much shoulder wood left for spring though.
    Looking good for next year too, and the year after, and the year after that ;).
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  14. TMonter

    TMonter Minister of Fire

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    I've burned about a cord and 2/3 of Red Fir so far this winter and I still have about 6.5 cords left in the wood racks. Going to end up with some third year wood next year it looks like.
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  15. Wood Duck

    Wood Duck Minister of Fire

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    I am near the end of my first 2 cord stack. I have four more, so there is no danger of running out, but I am anxious to get cutting. I want to stay ahead.
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  16. velvetfoot

    velvetfoot Minister of Fire

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    I'm thinking maybe two.
  17. TimJ

    TimJ Minister of Fire

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    I don't keep track of how much wood I have or how much I have burned to date. I believe it is about 3 cords per year that I burn. I keep cutting and stacking and I am afraid to tell Scotty what kind of hoarder I am because of the reprocussions. :cool:
  18. blwncrewchief

    blwncrewchief Burning Hunk

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    Should be right at 1.25 cords on Friday. At least one full cord of that has been silver maple, cherry, etc. About 1/4 cord of premium wood like sugar maple, oak, and locust. Have been running 24/7 for 8 weeks and a week or two of small fires (aka highs of 50* or higher).
  19. CageMaster

    CageMaster Feeling the Heat

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    burned three this winter and am not to the half way point of what is seasoned and ready so should be ok here, shoulder season went a little longer than i wanted so might have to use some extra hardwood in march
  20. Waulie

    Waulie Minister of Fire

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    I had 3 cord put up between the wood shed and the "wood room". I've used about 1.75 cord so far. With this extended cold spell, I'm thinking I'll have to pull some out of the stacks at some point this spring. Not a big deal, but I do wish I had just a bit more covered storage. When I got the new stove I was thinking a max of about 4 cord a year and I was close. We'll probably be closer to 3.5 cord most winters.
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  21. gerry100

    gerry100 Minister of Fire

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    About 1 3/4 cords out of 4 burned so far, so I guess I'm a little ahead
  22. Shane N

    Shane N Feeling the Heat

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    I haven't even touched my stacks yet!
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  23. mking7

    mking7 Burning Hunk

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    It's what we call winter down here.... :)
  24. ColdNH

    ColdNH Minister of Fire

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    Not good, had about 3.5-4 cord of burnable wood ready for this winter, but being on the first year with a new stove with what i think has a big learning curve and having somewhat wet wood and a wife home 24/7 for the past month i have been blowing through the wood. have a little under a cord left of decent wood to last me the rest of the winter. have some 1 year seasoned oak stacked outside that im contemplating picking through for the smaller piece, but not sure if its worth the effort. I was contemplating buying a cord of kiln dried or a pallet of bio bricks but now im just thinkign i may turn the boiler on. if i can make it through most of february I shouldnt burn too much oil in march and april as it will be warmer out and daylight will last longer.
  25. Stegman

    Stegman Feeling the Heat

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    That's about where I'm at, too. Might be as high as 2 cords used thus far. Hard to know exactly. My shed holds 4.5 cords, but I had some leftover wood from last year that I used first.

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