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how long for soft wood to season?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by sadworld, Jan 17, 2009.

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  1. sadworld

    sadworld New Member

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    i'm wondering if soft woods such as popple and soft maple would be seasoned enough to burn next season if i get them cut, split and stacked by this spring or early summer?

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  2. bsruther

    bsruther Minister of Fire

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    Never heard of popple, but silver maple will season pretty quickly.
  3. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    I will season soft maple for 90-120 days resplitt it stack it in the garage next to the wood furance for another 10-14 days and burns very nice!So if your waiting til next season it will be ready!
  4. EatenByLimestone

    EatenByLimestone Minister of Fire

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    I've never heard of maple referred to as soft wood. Even maple that isn't hard/ or sugar maple is not really soft wood.

    If it's stacked in early spring it will burn come Oct. if left in the sun and wind.

    Matt
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    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    silver maple or some call it rock maple is considerd softwood with 20 million btu per cord is very high for softwood. I burn it 80 percent of the time.(it pops and krakles like hard woods as well)
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    There are hard maples and soft maples. Hard maples put out a little less heat than oak, soft maples put out a little more heat than pine. Sugar maple is a hard maple.
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    Matt: you are correct. If anyone goggles maple? All maple is referred to as "hardwood". Just some maples are much harder and others much softer--but all are hardwoods.

    Big leaf maple is ready to go in approx 8 months after being split and stacked in the sun and wind.

    Douglas fir is even quicker at 6 months.
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    Does the silver maple burn clean? A friend has a big silver maple I can have if i cut it down. Is it worth it,Is it like burning poppler?
    Webfoot
  9. EatenByLimestone

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    It'll burn just fine. Even poplar will burn.

    Free wood is free wood, what ever type it is. It'll keep you and your family warm.

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    I was referring to softwoods such as pine, etc.

    Soft Maple isn't s a soft wood. It's not as dense as sugar (rock) maple, but it sure as heck isn't soft wood.

    Now poplar is a fun wood since it is a hardwood, but is pretty soft! Yellow pine is a soft wood, but works pretty nice for a handtool bench. It's plenty hard. Trying to bore a nice hole through old yellow pine can be a bugger.

    Isn't wood fun?

    Matt
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    Last winter I burned a lot of silver maple. It burns hot, but it burns fast. It cuts easy and it splits easy too.
    I had five big ones in the yard, I now have three. I had to cut one down last fall, because it had big branches hanging over the garage. I still have a big pile of logs up there that needs cut and split. If the maple you're talking about has shaggy bark like this, it's silver maple.
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  11. sadworld

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    the maple i have is a smoother bark... and it's growing in bunches that come together at the base. mostly growing in low wet areas.
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    Both of those will be ready for next fall as long as you get them cut and split. We burn a lot of soft maple but will leave the popple to you. lol


    For the others, technically, any tree that drops its leaves in the fall is a hardwood. However, those who work with timber have a different set of rules. Yes, there is a soft maple and a hard maple and popple is also softwood to us.

    Sadworld, while you are cutting that soft maple, cut some just a little short; like around 12" and then split it into about 1" square pieces as it makes excellent kindling. It starts quickly, burns hot and fast. We always keep a good supply of that on hand.
  13. Chief Ryan

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    I have one of those in my backyard. Around here it's also called a swamp maple.
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    technically speaking, any tree that has leaves as opposed to needles is a hard wood... but some are way less dense that they are refered to as soft wood. I have some boxelder that I cut this year, same time as some sugar maple. The box is bone dry, where the maple is still not 100% seasoned. Hell, I have some box that I am burning now that was cut in late july that is burning as we speak!
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