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Pine burners, whaddya think?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by pulldownclaw, Feb 7, 2009.

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  1. pulldownclaw

    pulldownclaw Feeling the Heat

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    So, my next door neighbors have a bunch of pine trees that the power company cut down and stacked a few years ago (thanks to the beetles). They're in stove length rounds. So, I'm sure the rounds on the bottom are pretty punky, but I'm wondering how the ones on top might be for splitting and burning next year. Will the moisture just travel up through from the bottom rounds to the top? And, FYI, this is Southern yellow pine, not the nicer stuff you guys have out West. But I've got plenty of oak to make up for it. :cheese:

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  2. jadm

    jadm New Member

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    I live in a very dry climate. I have pine that I have had for about 4 years and it is still great. I have the kids split it into small splits - 2" or less - and use it to get fires going in the morning. It is great because it catches so much more quickly than the hardwoods I burn.

    I would check the wood out, especially if it is for free.

    It also is great for burning during the shoulder seasons. Quick and hot fires to take the morning and evening chill off when a full days fire would be too much.
  3. myzamboni

    myzamboni Minister of Fire

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    split it and burn it. you will be amazed at how easy it splits if it does not have alot of knots.
  4. madrone

    madrone Minister of Fire

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    My neighbor has a huge pile of money I can have, but it's all nickels. Should I take it?
  5. pulldownclaw

    pulldownclaw Feeling the Heat

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    The question is not whether or not I should take or even *gasp* burn pine, I burn alot of pine. I was wondering how much of it would be rotten without being covered for several years, this is a very humid climate here. I guess I was specifically thinking of what BB said one time, something like pine soaking water up like a sponge. Anyhoo, I'll head over there today and take a looksie...
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    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    When I lived in Fairfax, I couldn't leave any wood out anywhere without getting it well clear of the soil and expect it to age gracefully. Anything in ground contact would begin to rot in short order. No way to say just what shape it might be in without seeing and touching it. I'd imagine that there's a good chance most of it's perfectly suitable for burning. Rick
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    My quote sounds more flippant than I intended now that I read it again. I was thinking that the work of sorting the bad from good would be worth it. I'm guessing that the bottom stuff will be shot, and that some of the rest will be punky/too light, but that most of it will be ok, if a little quick to burn. I got about 1/4 cord of similar stuff, and found that it dried out quickly, but was lighter than usual. It's pretty rainy here year round, so similar moisture
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    billb3 Minister of Fire

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    Depending on how long it has sat, you might even split the rounds that are in ground contact and save the top halfs.
    I have whole pine logs out in the woods abandoned years ago. Probably could still get some firewood out of them if I had nothing to do. Except, during the Summer, if you get real close, they sound like a bowl of fresh drowned rice krispies.
    crunch, crunch, crunch, crunch ....
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    There is only one way to find out.
  10. pulldownclaw

    pulldownclaw Feeling the Heat

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    No sweat madrone, obviously I will be able to tell after heading over there and taking a look. I imagine it will be well worth it, especially being right next door. I'm almost wondering if some of it would be suitable for the end of this season, but I'm hesitant after reading the endless posts about wood not really drying until it's split...not that I disagree with it.
  11. CowboyAndy

    CowboyAndy New Member

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    wood in rounds will still season just not as fast. even if the stuff from the bottom ks punky, let it season for a while and it will still burn (albeit fast and hot).
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