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Halfway there. How's your wood pile?

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

  1. WiscoWoodman

    WiscoWoodman Member

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    2.5-3 down of the 4 cords I started with. Ouch. Only had a 1/2 cord of good hardwood and the rest elm and maple. Looks like I need 6 cords to be on the safe side next year.

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  2. Gasifier

    Gasifier Minister of Fire

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    I probably managed to stuff 9 cord under the covered porch and 1 cord on the porch. Since around the middle of October we have burned through a little over 4 cord so far. Was pretty mild for much of that. Really cruising through the wood lately though!

    Oh. I have a bunch more wood in the stacks outside though. ;) 8 cord and counting.
  3. Freeheat

    Freeheat Minister of Fire

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    I had put away about 2 cords , at the halfway mark I won't make it through the winter on what I have , Have to start planning ahead:oops:
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  4. muncybob

    muncybob Minister of Fire

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    My wood shed is stacked in rows that are about 1.25 cords each for the first 4 rows and the final row is less than a cord. Gone through the front row and the next full row with about 1/2 of the 2nd full row gone....so just over 2.5 cords to date. Last year we had a full row left in the shed, if the cold snap continues here we may be getting into that this year, but I see they are predicting temps near 50 by Tuesday here!
  5. skyline

    skyline Burning Hunk

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    For the first year I have a really good idea where I'm at. Started with 10 rows at .75 cords each, 4 down, 6 to go, so I should have at least 1.5 cords next year of really dry stuff.
    Ended up selling the 5 other cords I had sitting out for next year so it's time to get to work. Here's a couple of pictures of my system. I number the rows so I know what order to take them out in.

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  6. Nixon

    Nixon Minister of Fire

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    We've probably gone through between 0ne and one and a half cords . So,if winter holds true ,We'll use about 3 cords .
  7. red oak

    red oak Minister of Fire

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    I think I've burned about a cord and a half. I have plenty for this winter and next. I'm not sure I'll burn 4 cords this winter - it's been pretty mild here until this week.
  8. mikesin

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    We started out with 3.75 cords. Just finished up 1 cord. We are good for the remainder of the winter and will have a nice start for next. We only burn in the evenings and weekends.
  9. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Very true with that saying Locust. But I believe the reason they gave groundhog day is because if you have half of the wood pile left then, you have enough to start burning in the fall. This is when most everyone put up their wood in October or November to burn that winter. But January 21 is pretty darned close to half way.
  10. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Welcome to the forum WiscoWoodman.

    Hey, what is wrong with elm and maple? And can you get yourself 3 years ahead on the wood supply? You will never be sorry if you do.
  11. Locust Post

    Locust Post Minister of Fire

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    You're probably right buddy........and yes Jan. 21 is close enough. I just happened to remember that saying and always liked it.
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  12. red oak

    red oak Minister of Fire

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    "Half your wood and half your hay by January 21"...not quite as good a saying!

    I always wanted to get through January with half my wood supply intact. Feb. and March are highly variable here in Va, sometimes really cold with lots of snow, sometimes really warm. So we have two variable months, then some moderate burning in April and occasionally May.

    So even though I have enough wood, I've found myself looking at the stacks thinking "If I only burn this much more, I'll have enough for the next two winters." That's much nicer than when I used to worry about whether I'd run out or not!
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  13. chvymn99

    chvymn99 Minister of Fire

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    I've probably burned more this year to date than the last two, but had a couple of actuall weekends (read two full weekends) off. Its probably at least two cords, working into 3 at the current time. Sold a couple of my lesser BTU's piles to my uncle from 3 years ago, he's really appreciated the way its "taken off and burned". But at the current rate I haven't had a but 1 fire in 3 days, may... may have one tonight. It got to 76 here yesterday and suppose to be 60 today. Then reality will set back in for the rest of the week.
  14. TradEddie

    TradEddie Minister of Fire

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    You could try
    http://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/temp-and-precip/time-series/index.php?

    The data is regional, and weighted by population somehow, but it should work well enough unless you're deep in a valley or up top of a hill.

    TE
  15. TradEddie

    TradEddie Minister of Fire

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    First full year with the new insert, and I'm very pleased, about a face-cord gone, not bad since I'm only a weekend burner, I expected to use about a cord all season. With the old slammer, I could get through two cords or more. The problem is I've been using up most of my cherry and won't have shoulder wood for next year because when I put oak or hickory in there, even when it is in the teens outside, we bake.

    TE
  16. muncybob

    muncybob Minister of Fire

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    Lots of comments about oak, hickory & locust has me hoping for a cold winter next year as it will be the 1st year we'll be burning well seasoned oak and hickory....not trying rush things though :)
  17. JustWood

    JustWood Minister of Fire

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    " I hope next winter is much colder ." Said no man, ever,,,,,,,,, until now.
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  18. lopiliberty

    lopiliberty Minister of Fire

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    picture047.jpg

    What's covered up is all that is left for this year. It was stacked as high as the pile on the left. I sure hope its enough. There is 3 year old bone dry wood in next years pile I might have to tap into if I need it
  19. bboulier

    bboulier Feeling the Heat

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    We have burned a lot less wood this year, certainly less than cord so far. The weather has been mild and our not-quite 2 year old grand son is here every day, so we don't burn during the day for safety reasons. Fortunately (and the enjoyable part is), we don't need to burn so much wood, since chasing him around provides plenty of warmth.
  20. tfdchief

    tfdchief Minister of Fire

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    Don't really keep track that close. About 1.5 I think. I generally burn no more than 3 cords per winter.
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  21. ohlongarm

    ohlongarm Minister of Fire

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    No wood woes here least not for about 7+years I guess,took alot of work and planning but pays off in the long run.Good luck to all ya's and keep your wood dry.
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  22. 'bert

    'bert Minister of Fire

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    I hope that is not a current picture with all that green grass at this time of year
  23. lopiliberty

    lopiliberty Minister of Fire

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    Ya that was Tuesday afternoon when the temperature was 74 degrees!!! Here's what it looked like today. Lake effect snow showers and 32 degrees with 50 MPH winds. This is what it should look like this time of year
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  24. madrone

    madrone Minister of Fire

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    little more splitting and i'll have about 2/3 of next year's wood ready. behind schedule this winter...
  25. madrone

    madrone Minister of Fire

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    btw, the fiskars x27 eats sweet gum like it was cottonwood.

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