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How do you stack?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Berner, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. westkywood

    westkywood Feeling the Heat

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    I stack with all wood separated by species. I label it with the date it was stacked and by species. For one, I like to see how different woods perform. Two, I want to know if I'm grabbing a chunk of hardwood or softwood. Three, I want to know how long that split has been there seasoning. I aint anal bout much, but when it comes to my farwood , I reckon I am.

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  2. renewablejohn

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    Looking on the Highvalley site they quote 72% efficient so maybe not as efficient as you thought.

    http://www.highvalleystoves.com/woodstoves.php

    I think insulation must be the big difference as that amount of wood would last use at least 2 days on the 15 kw stove and 3 days on the 5kw. We normally start a fire at 4pm and the last log goes on at 8 pm. The house then retains the heat for the rest of the day.
  3. katwillny

    katwillny Guest

    Bragging about our wood and showing it off is what we boys do best. More than one specie of wood at times.
  4. swagler85

    swagler85 Minister of Fire

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    Thats pretty impressive if you can only run a fire half the day and keep the heat in the house the rest of the day. How long after the 8pm loading is your stove still putting out heat?
  5. clemsonfor

    clemsonfor Minister of Fire

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    keep in mind I am heating 2500sqft with this stove some times.
  6. clemsonfor

    clemsonfor Minister of Fire

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    ur right I looked it up 72% I thought it was closer to 80% but did think that I saw the list of all stoves and non cats were like 80 and cats were 90? Oh well shows my memory
  7. MasterMech

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    16" is the "standard" length here in the US. Of course if you cut your own wood, you can cut at whatever length fits in the stove. 6" or 8" lengths in a kiln, yeah, that'll get pretty dry in a hurry. :)
  8. renewablejohn

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    Fire normally stays in overnight and then we dont bother to mend it in the morning. Being an old stone house the stove is surrounded by a floor to ceiling stone fireplace which acts like a masonry stove retaining heat and giving it off all day.
  9. tsquini

    tsquini Minister of Fire

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    This my first season stacking by Btu output. Hard woods 21-30 btu goes in one pile. 16 -20 btu go in another pile. Guess I could also say it is organized by dry time. I'm not sure it is useful. I'll find out in a few years.
  10. clemsonfor

    clemsonfor Minister of Fire

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    huh u mean "21-30" MC? or 16-20MC?
  11. tsquini

    tsquini Minister of Fire

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  12. hobbyheater

    hobbyheater Minister of Fire

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    That I like!!!!
  13. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

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    I stack three rows deep, about 4.5'-5' high and overall about 95' long on pallets. The wood id stacked chronologically with usually ends up being by species as well because that's the way the scrounges come. I'm a wood snob, so there is no "shoulder wood" to keep separate, and being three years ahead now, species isn't that important either.
  14. chazcarr

    chazcarr Feeling the Heat

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    my answer is: poorly...

    Oops.
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  15. clemsonfor

    clemsonfor Minister of Fire

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    ive had some of those spills!
  16. Beer Belly

    Beer Belly Minister of Fire

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    Yup...been there
  17. Billybonfire

    Billybonfire Feeling the Heat

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    Guess some guys are sensitve about the size of their wood ;).
  18. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa Minister of Fire

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    I buy my wood by the grapple truckload and as it is 100% Ash, no worries about sorting by species. 12 cord fits in my shed and what doesn't fit, gets stacked on pallets outside only to be moved to the shed later.

    I take from one side of the shed at a time, so the wood on one side could be from a different year or the same year only to have spent more time outdoors waiting to get laid up.
  19. Beer Belly

    Beer Belly Minister of Fire

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    My Wife preffers shorter wood.....has a hard time loading bigger stuff.....she's got some thing about "the wood is'nt supposed to touch the firebrick"
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  20. tfdchief

    tfdchief Minister of Fire

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    I would be cutting it short then;)
  21. clemsonfor

    clemsonfor Minister of Fire

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    HAHA I could say some things!!

    But what does touching the firebrick mean? It has to sit on it and then touch the walls?
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  22. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa Minister of Fire

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    My wife thinks it shouldn't touch the walls either. I cut the wood 2 inches shorter.

    As for sitting on it, there is a bed of ashes.
  23. clemsonfor

    clemsonfor Minister of Fire

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    haha!
  24. renewablejohn

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    The added benefit of shorter splits is that drying times can be drastically reduced. With the use of our solar kilns the timber is below 20% MC within 3-6 months depending on time of year. It also allows drying of wet timbers like willow and poplar without it going mouldy.
  25. Billybonfire

    Billybonfire Feeling the Heat

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    John,
    by solar kiln, do you mean a greenhouse or polytunnel ?.

    Billy.

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