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Harvesting 1st tree

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Jeffg330, Dec 12, 2013.

  1. Jeffg330

    Jeffg330 New Member

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    Hi all, I just felled sp? My 1st tree, a big ole red oak. After cutting off all the limbs I'm left with roughly 50 feet of the main part of tree, I guess I should say trunk? At its narrowest it's 55 inches around.

    My question is would anyone care to guess how much wood I'm going to get from just that section? Never mind the big branches! One cord? Two? This newb has no clue

    Thank you
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  2. Jon1270

    Jon1270 Minister of Fire

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    A 55" circumference suggests a diameter of 17.5". At 50 feet long that's about 83 cubic feet of solid wood, or about one cord. The actual yield will be higher, because the tree gets bigger towards the bottom, so maybe a cord and a quarter, cord and a half?
  3. Paulywalnut

    Paulywalnut Minister of Fire

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    +1 with Jon. Nice score for your first tree. that's a whole lot of heat in 3 years.
    Do you have other wood ready or available to burn?
  4. Jeffg330

    Jeffg330 New Member

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    3 years? Wow I was hoping for two. I'm set for this year. For next year I'm wondering if a standing tree can be burned quickly.
  5. BIGDADDY

    BIGDADDY Feeling the Heat

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      Measure the circumference of the tree at a height of 4 1/2 feet off the ground.
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      Divide the circumference by 3.14 to get the diameter.
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      Refer to the University of New Hampshire's "Estimating Firewood" (see Resources). Match up your diameter to the nearest one listed on the table. For example, if the diameter of your tree is 12 inches, it will yield 0.3 cords, or about one-third of a cord of wood. A tree with a diameter of 22 inches will yield a full cord of wood.
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  6. Paulywalnut

    Paulywalnut Minister of Fire

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    Probably not quickly but quicker.
  7. Augie

    Augie Feeling the Heat

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    Solar kiln, search my past posts
  8. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Depends upon where you live and how you handle the wood. Get it split as soon as possible. You need it quick so split it small. Stack it off the ground and stack it rather loosely. Do not attempt to get the picture book wood pile. You need air moving through that wood. Stack it in the windiest spot on your place if possible. Sun is good but wind is your best friend.

    For next year, you do not want oak.

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