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How big is a split?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by bokehman, Nov 10, 2008.

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  1. bokehman

    bokehman Feeling the Heat

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    OK, I know this might sound silly but in so many threads I see someone saying I put a large (medium / small / etc.) split in the stove. For me large would be a 10" round split in two, about 18" long. And small would be a 5" round split in two. What's your idea of how big a split is?

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  2. crazy_dan

    crazy_dan New Member

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    I try to get all of mine down to 6" across the widest point. I have found that to be just about right in hotness of fire vs length of fire.
  3. Corey

    Corey Minister of Fire

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    I guess it just depends on personal preference. I guess to me, a big split would be an 8x10" slab or an 8" x8" chunk...something that will burn all night long. Medium maybe 5"x5" or so, small would be 2-3" for a nice hot fire.
  4. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    I sometimes split the 2 sides off a log leaving a thick board-like section. This is thin enough across to dry through, but loads in the stove well, stacks nicely, and gives good burn times. If it's thin enough (3" or so) you could have this be almost as wide as you'd like really, since the moisture can escape through the exposed split parts.
  5. SlyFerret

    SlyFerret Minister of Fire

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    Next year I'm going to be reducing the average size of my splits. I'm finding that many of mine are too big, and will need "adjusted" before I can burn them this winter. Some are even too long. Apparently my eyes are bigger than my stove (to modify one of my granny's old sayings...)

    -SF
  6. WOODBUTCHER

    WOODBUTCHER Minister of Fire

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    I do the same, cut the middle out of a round, end up with 2 semi half rounds and a plank. It slides on top up near the heat tubes without a hassle.

    WoodButcher
  7. jqgs214

    jqgs214 Minister of Fire

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    I find bigger splits are better, I light fires every night so I want em big for the overnight burns, I can get the coal bed going with 3 smaller ones and then 5-6 bigguns for the overnight. Big is a 6-8" round or split.
  8. fossil

    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    "Large" for me is roughly what you'd get if you halved an 8" diameter round. "Medium" would be maybe a 10" round quartered, something like that. "Small" is anything smaller than that. "Perfect" is the split size my wife is most comfortable handling so that I can lay in my nice warm bed in the morning while she gets the fire going. I tend to lean toward "perfect" when I'm splitting a mix of different sizes (which is what I routinely do). Rick
  9. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Large = anything over 6" x 6"
    med = anything 4-6" x 4-6"
    Small = anything smaller than 4"
  10. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa Minister of Fire

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    I use the height of the splitting wedge on my log splitter to gauge what is too big. That would be around 6" on the widest face. Any log under 6" gets split only in half. I rely on a variety of log diameters to give me a good mix of sizes and try to maintain that mix while stacking. Sometimes when unstacking, the weather at the time might call for more small pieces so I might whack off a few with the axe.
  11. ScottF

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    Large = 6 inches thick or bigger at the average point of thickness
    med = anything 4- 5 inches at the average P O T
    Small = anything smaller than 4” at the average P O T

    Thats the way I rate them.
  12. Todd

    Todd Minister of Fire

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    Small- 2-4"
    Med- 4-6"
    Large- 6-8"

    Most of my splits are in my medium range diameter and 14-18" lengths.
  13. Bigg_Redd

    Bigg_Redd Minister of Fire

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    No idea.

    We don't have "splits" in western WA.
  14. daveswoodhauler

    daveswoodhauler Minister of Fire

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    The best split I can do is get about 5 inches from the floor.
  15. Elderthewelder

    Elderthewelder Minister of Fire

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    OK!, (I'll bite) What do we have?????
  16. MadTripper

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    I didn't do these yet this year because I've been hand splitting everything however I always referred to them as "phone books" and find they stack nicely for all night burns as well as adding a few when I need to get some quick heat.

    As far as splits go on my hill, I try to keep them 6 to 8 inches at the widest point but I split everything I can. I like having split wood and smaller 2 inch branches to burn. You can always fit another piece in when you have such a variety of size.

    Tripper
  17. Bigg_Redd

    Bigg_Redd Minister of Fire

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    We have "pieces" of wood.

    We don't have "shoulder seasons" either.
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    madrone Minister of Fire

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    So, what do I call the smaller limbs I burn? They're not split. Are they "rounds"? 3" rounds?
  19. bokehman

    bokehman Feeling the Heat

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    One other question: what's the biggest round you don't split?
  20. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa Minister of Fire

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    It depends on whether or not the round will split, just shatter or blow out the side. I split all rounds no matter how small. They dry better, stack better, and don't roll toward the glass in the stove.
  21. Bigg_Redd

    Bigg_Redd Minister of Fire

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    Most of these guys are east coast. Don't try to reason. Just nod your head and back away.
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    So this brings up another question,

    If you live on the East coast: How many splits do you burn in the shoulder season?

    Or if you live in Western Washington: How many pieces of wood that you have divided up at least in half or possibly multiple times do you burn in the season that has a variation of warm and cooler temperatures and occurs prior to the winter season and just after the winter season?

    Also isn't this discrimination against W WA that they are deprived of splits and shoulder seasons? Why don't they get them when everybody else does?
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    I call mine The Pep Boys. Rick
  24. Bigg_Redd

    Bigg_Redd Minister of Fire

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    ****just nods and backs away****
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