in or out

relax Posted By relax, Oct 14, 2009 at 5:16 PM

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  1. relax

    New Member

    Sep 1, 2008
    Buchanan north dakota
    ok i justed cut split and stacked 8 cord of bur oak ,about 27 million BTU per cord..I have axcess to about 10 more cord.these are live trees that have to come down due to rising water ,,the 8 cord ive put inside buildings, but the rest ,will this wood cure faster inside or outside..thank you all inadvance ZZZim
  2. iskiatomic

    Minister of Fire

    Nov 15, 2008
    Central CT
    Outside. Unless you are putting it INSIDE a kiln.

  3. smokinj

    Minister of Fire

    Aug 11, 2008
    Anderson, Indiana
  4. Wood Duck

    Wood Duck
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    Feb 26, 2009
    Central PA
    I guess it depends on what type of building you are talking about, but unless the building allows really good air circulation, then the wood will season faster outside. If the building is something really wide open, where wind can blow through, then maybe you should stack it inside. Lots of people here will tell you they stack most of their wood outside, and many don't even cover the tops, then move a winter's supply inside in the fall to make sure it isn't wet, snow-covered, or icy when the time comes to burn. If you have a nice open building that will allow good seasoning, then stacking it inside will save you ever having to consider moving it inside before burning. On the other hand, I picture North Dakota as being full of open, windy places to stack wood, and short on inside storage space, so maybe i'd save the indoor space for something else and stack outside. The wood will season perfectly well outside.
  5. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage
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    Feb 14, 2007
    Definitely stack oak outdoors, even burr oak. That ND wind will help a lot. If I stacked that wood indoors, I'd want it in an old corncrib.
  6. Dune

    Minister of Fire

    Jan 14, 2008
    Commonwealth Of Massachussetts
    Depends on whether the building is heated or not. If it is a heated building, it will dry faster and to a lower moisture content inside.
  7. SWI Don

    SWI Don
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    Sep 7, 2008
    Southwest IA
    Stack it outside to season. Bring it inside to store.

    All of my wood goes outside until dry enough to burn. Standing dead elms take the shortcut right to the shed but most everything else is stacked outside for 1-3 seasons before coming inside. My shed is an old open front animal shed / machinery building with the south side open. My experience here in southwest Iowa is that outside drying is a lot faster than inside. If you had an old corn crib that would be the ideal drying shed. That is what they were made for.

    Lay some old 2x4s or anything down as runners before stacking. I have found getting it off the ground keeps the bottom row in a lot better shape. You can also bring your wood in during the winter without having to fight the bottom row being settled and frozen into the ground.
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