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How many years ahead are you (pls fill out the poll).

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Bster13, Jan 14, 2013.

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How many years ahead are you?

  1. 1

    23.1%
  2. 2

    29.3%
  3. 3

    25.9%
  4. 4

    12.2%
  5. 5+

    9.5%
  1. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    We really do not know how far ahead we are. Probably 7 years, give or take. Our problem is that since we remodeled and super insulated this old crate that we really do not burn much wood at all. When we bought the Fireview we went from burning 6 or more cord per year to burning 3. Then came the remodel and an addition. We figured with luck we'd burn about the same amount which is 3 cord. Not so! Last winter we burned somewhere around 2 and have not yet went through a cord this winter. Time will tell what the rest of the winter will be like and how much we'll burn. So far we've put up another 5 cord this winter but it is not yet split or stacked. One party was coming after a cord of wood but has not yet. Not sure how much other will be sold either. We'll keep cutting.
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  2. num1hitter

    num1hitter Member

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    Ive got about 3-4 cords stocked up for next year on my 6000 sqft lot. So I need to find another place to started piling up my future stock.
  3. TimJ

    TimJ Minister of Fire

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    :cool:
    Scotty, been up to this man's place many times and have known him for 30 years, so when I tell you that locust is cottomwood who you going to believe :cool:
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  4. iskiatomic

    iskiatomic Minister of Fire

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    I have some good news, bad news going on. My neighbor to my right passed back in Sept. About 6 weeks ago the son in law and I are talking and he tells me, the house is going up for sale, there is alot of great firewood for you back there, take what you want before it sells.

    So far I have pulled out about 3 cord. It was much nicer working back there before the thaw, now I have a big sloppy, muddy mess. The house was just listed yesterday, a family just looked at it.

    Looks like I am going into overtime, to pull out as much as possible, where the hell is Poor Doug when I need him?

    Alot of hardwoods, red and white oak, ash, yellow and white birch, elm, also have maple and yellow tulip.

    KC
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  5. tigeroak

    tigeroak Member

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    This is my first year burning in the house and so far we haven't burnt a cord yet. So at this rate I am 4+ years ahead. I started cutting 2-3 years before we got the stove.
  6. fabsroman

    fabsroman Minister of Fire

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    Yeah, we have a really good amount of wind here, along with lightning. We are at the top of a huge hill. Must be one of the highest points around, and it is one heck of a climb in any direction for me to get back home after I head out cycling. Split a piece of one year red oak just the other day with the new Fiskars and it had the nice hollow sound when knocked together and it was substantially lighter than the green white oak I had just been stacking from the truck. Don't have a moisture meter yet, but this stuff seems to be in pretty good shape after only a single year. Have the moisture meter in my Amazon wishlist for the next Amazon order to qualify for free shipping.

    As far as not having the 20+ cord prior to the shed, the reason is divorce. My wife puts up with a lot from me with my projects, but I think taking up the entire driveway with wood would be about the end of it. Don't get me wrong, the driveway is 200 feet long, but the parking pad is only about 2 cars deep, which requires us to move cars around all the time as it is now. Once I get the side area graveled over, then I'll be able to stack more wood on the driveway. Reason for stacking it in the driveway is because I don't want to be in the same situation as another poster on here and have to move 20+ cords once we start building stuff (e.g., shed, addition, kids playset, patio) in the backyard. Thought is that we are going to use around 3 to 4 cords per year, so if I cut, split, stack, and season 10 cords or more a year and then put the leftover in the shed, I should be way, way ahead in short order. Also, don't want to be "that guy" in the neighborhood.

    There is usually a method to my madness. Also want the shed so I can start working on building a splitter and then a car/wood hauler. Gravel on the side area is the first order though right after tax season.
  7. Auzzie Gumtree

    Auzzie Gumtree Feeling the Heat

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    To be perfectly honest i can't wait to start burning my 'own wood'. I bought some last year 'seasoned' but it was high 20's moisture. This year mine will be high teens - bring it on.
  8. blwncrewchief

    blwncrewchief Burning Hunk

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    About 3 years right now. Was 5+ but gave away allot in the last year or so. Gives me a good excuse to get more wood. Got about 5 cords piled in the yard to split, 3 cords or so waiting to be brought home to process and I have some clearing to do on the property. Oh, property is currently 3.4 acres.
  9. katwillny

    katwillny Guest

    We are about 2 years ahead and thats only due to space limitation. I have a small property and close neighbors and small children, 5 children that share our yard so i dont want to take away from their play space. There is plenty of "free" wood nearby that I can scrounge up. I will continue to scrounge in the spring to replace what was used the previous winter. Keep at it, pile grows fast once you start.
  10. jdp1152

    jdp1152 Minister of Fire

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    I'm not sure honestly. Wood is for supplement/ambiance, but I'm adding another insert with a much larger firebox soon so I'm not sure what I'll consume next year. Last year I went through two cords in my insert and open fireplace....obviously the open fireplace chews through it pretty quickly. This year, we've burned almost a cord and am considering picking up a 1/3 cord of Kiln dried to carry through the winter and burn a little bit more during the daytime rather than use an electric heater in my office (work from home and keep the house pretty cold except that space).

    I've got at least 4 cord C/S/S. About half of that is Red Oak, the rest a mix of Ash, Norway Maple, Sugar Maple, Apple and some various unknowns added in. I'd count a few cords of willow, but that's only quartered and I'm giving it away as fast as anyone will take it. Probably have 5-6 standing dead Ash left to come down at 4-5 very large red oaks as well. Most of those will require a service due to proximity to the house or power lines. I assume that most of that will last me several years, but I really enjoy cutting and splitting firewood. Gives me some quality alone time outside, but next year I've promised the wife I'll spend more time on home improvement projects as we originally planned.

    I've got 1.5 acres...half hardwood, half white pine. If I thought the wood would dry on the back of my lot in the woods, I'd set up some stacks back there and keep on going so I could see what this three year seasoned talk is all about, but I don't think there would be enough sun to keep it dry during the summer months. Fall, Spring, and Winter are plenty windy...summer not so much. I've seen a few neighbors with stacks in the woods and the rot on em is pretty heavy. Previous owner did the same and most of the wood was mulch and useless.
  11. goosegunner

    goosegunner Minister of Fire

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    Over five years right now. I have 30 cord split and stacked, 5 cord in rounds unsplit and I started my winter cutting last week. I will probably ad just another 10 cord this winter.

    gg
  12. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    At current burn rate
    2.85 years ahead, (1 cord short of 3 yrs)

    If we get a warmer winter then I'll be 3 yrs.
    Was mid 40s with rain past few days, that reduced wood consumption.
  13. Bret Chase

    Bret Chase Minister of Fire

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    my task this weekend is to drop an entire stand of locust,,,, probably 4+ cords of locust.. I don't know if it was the brewer's brine or the road salt that my town's highway department puts down in the winter, but the whole stand is dead, as is most of the locust within a half mile of my house...

    as to the original question... I've probably got 4 months of wood... but I have had some significant unplanned events...
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  14. scroungerjeff

    scroungerjeff Burning Hunk

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    If these weak winters continue, about two years ahead since I burn just under three cord a year if its cold. The stuff I have saved is primo white and red oak and locust with some hickory. I have little land so that is likely where I will stay. The irony is I now have access to over a dozen acres of oak and hickory but no place to keep it. I love cutting and splitting too. I might have to make a deal with a local farmer.
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  15. corey21

    corey21 Minister of Fire

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    Not real sure yet maybe 3 years ahead.
  16. Mr A

    Mr A Minister of Fire

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    We may have a new contender for Firewood King here!
  17. Standingdead

    Standingdead Member

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    Lol, not even close, but thanks! Over in the firewood haorders club posting there's many fellas with 20+ cords. It's kinda different for me, I live and work on a farm and heat with an indoor wood boiler. I only run my oil burner backup occasionally just to keep it in working order (so far about 1/16th of a tank this winter). Oct-Dec is relatively a slow time on my farm where I can go cut and split 5-6 hours a day.
  18. wishlist

    wishlist Minister of Fire

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    With what I"ve cut this winter I"m a good 8 years ahead. It was alot of work but it sure is a nice feeling and yes I have that mental thing going where I walk out and just look at the wood stacks. :cool:

    I read every single post in this thread and realized not one of you is my neighbor! My guess is most of us notice other people's wood piles when we are driving around and unless the wood stacks are buried in some deep underground bunker all my neighbors do the " get it as you need it " plan.
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  19. northwinds

    northwinds Minister of Fire

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    I had 15 cord on 1/3 of an acre and definitely had a subdivision reputation as the crazy wood guy who splits by hand. People would drive by the house and stop to talk
    while I worked with the maul. I also lost some of the wood to people who thought they needed the wood more than I did because I had so much. Now I'm tucked away on 2.8 acres out-of-town, and the same amount of wood is invisible to the public.
  20. Bster13

    Bster13 Minister of Fire

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    For folks with a moisture meter and many years ahead... do you find the moisture content stabilizing after so many years the wood has sat out drying? Where is the sweet spot?
  21. ohlongarm

    ohlongarm Minister of Fire

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    Now if you just had a decent woodstove you might be onto something,smokedragons don't count.
  22. holland_patrick

    holland_patrick Member

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    What about patrick you could pm him
  23. tfdchief

    tfdchief Minister of Fire

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    3 to 4 years. Just don't have room for any more than that. I wish I did.
  24. McKeznak

    McKeznak New Member

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    Can you add a 0 to your poll? :) Or a "Don't wanna tell" option. I'm brand new to this, and the only wood i have is what came with the house (about 2 cord and I'm through half of it) I won't even have enough for this year, looks like I'll be turning the oil on in a month or so.

    :)
  25. WeldrDave

    WeldrDave Feeling the Heat

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    It happens,:oops: I'm behind the 8 ball as well, got lucky after the storm, just got to play catch up in the spring and summer. You can get great inspiration from the "Firewood haorders club" check it out, some "BIG" dogs in that crowd!

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