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Log ID, Final Tally

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Bacffin, Nov 9, 2012.

  1. Bacffin

    Bacffin Minister of Fire

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    First off, I want to thank everyone for their opinions, suggestion and advise while I press my learning curve on log identifications. This site and the people on it are just simply fantastic.

    I ended up with a total of 50 logs from the grapple load. It’s all bucked up but not split yet. I will most likely split and stack it at the same time. Here is what I have:

    17 Red Oak
    3 White Oak
    14 Hard Maple
    4 Soft Maple
    5 Ash
    5 Shagbark Hickory
    1 Pignut Hickory
    1 Cherry

    My next decision now is separating my piles by drying times. I will be stacking this wood on pallets in double rows. Here is what I am thinking for combining species related to drying times. Please feel free to change my mind if it doesn’t look right! I’m not sure with a couple of these. How would you seperate them?

    From longest to shortest seasoning time.
    Pile 1) Red Oaks
    Pile 2) White Oak (should I just mix this in with the red oak?)
    Pile 3) Hard Maples and Hickories
    Pile 4) Soft Maples
    Pile 5) Ash and Cherry
    Thanks Again,
    Bruce




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  2. TimJ

    TimJ Minister of Fire

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    put the lone cherry with the soft maple
    put the pignut with the shagbark
    keep the hard maple alone and the ash alone
    put the white oak with the red


    that way you know about the hard maples, the oaks, the ash and the hickories and the soft maples
  3. PA. Woodsman

    PA. Woodsman Minister of Fire

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    Wait a minute here....remember that big discussion that we all had and several were saying that the one was Poplar and a few of us thought it was Hickory? Your friend was going to come over and ID it but we never heard back...I don't see Poplar listed on your list-WAS that one in fact Hickory or what? ;?
  4. Bacffin

    Bacffin Minister of Fire

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    He thinks it is maple.
    http://www.hearth.com/talk/threads/tree-id.91289/
  5. ScotO

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    I'd put the hickorys and the oaks together, they all take quite a while to season out....
    I'd put the hard maple with the ash, they dry out similarly.
    Cherry, put that with the soft maple.

    That stack of oak and hickory is gonna take a while to season.....around 2 to 3 years ideally, especially for the oak......but it's well worth the wait. Make sure you get a nice mixed load of this stuff every season and you'll always have it available after you preliminary three year waiting period........
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  6. midwestcoast

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    You're getting there Bacfin. That'll be some serious btu's.
    I'd group them pretty much like you have it for seasoning time & also how they burn. Yes I would throw the oaks together (they season & burn pretty similar). I might try to separate the Hard Maple & Hickories, expecting the Maple to be ready first. Keep Soft Maples separate for shoulder season wood. Put the Cherry with the Ash since they burn similar & will both be primo by next season
  7. bogydave

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    Lots & lots of future fire wood.
    Very nice selection & BTU range.
    Shoulder season to super cold middle of winter long burns.

    Stacks are going to look awesome ;) :)

    Am curious what wood you have for this year ready to burn ?
  8. Bacffin

    Bacffin Minister of Fire

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    BLUF. A bunch of junk Dave, well kind of. I have 2 cord of mixed hardwoods from vendors and 1 1/2 cord of dry pine from my land. All the pine is from standing dead. The hardwood It is not dry the way I would like. I ended up resplitting alot of the oaks in the delivered stuff last year, but it is still wet. I have a 1/4 cord of black birch I processed that is ready also.

    Technicaly this will be my first full season burning with wood. I didn't get the stove installed until late December last year. And because it was a warm season, I don't know how much I will need yet. I do know how good dry wood burns though. Last January, my son brought me a couple weeks worth of nice dry ash. After burning that, I was hooked. Good long burns times and I didn't even have to clean the glass door, not to mention a warm house from "real" heat. I cannot believe how long a good dry log lasts compared to wet wood. Using so much energy to dry the wet wood out before it produces heat.

    Next year for the hard woods I have 1 1/2 cord of red oak, 2 cord of sugar maple, a face cord of mulberry and silver birch. For soft, I have a 1 1/2 cord of hemlock. And o-yea, plenty of standing dead pine.

    For now, I'll just manage what I have and if I need more later on, I will buy it and make sure I brush the stove pipe often like last year. ;)

    ~Bruce
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  9. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Good plan
    You are so close to being ahead now, you'll be preaching the "get ahead " forever because you know how important it is.
    Burning truly dry wood is efficient. The work it takes to get there is worth it.

    Like I said in other posts. "There are those who know & those who don't"
    You "Know" ;)
  10. Backwoods Savage

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    Those 4 soft maples will be the fastest drying wood you have. Others have given good information on the rest.
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  11. Bacffin

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    Thanks Savage, and everyone else too. I will hold the soft maple and the lone cherry out of the main stacks and use them next fall.

    ~Bruce

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