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Posted By 4acrefarm,
Sep 10, 2009 at 10:38 PM
ChaChing is right! I collected a bunch of it from storm damage this year.
I've cut small ones, standing with no bark, ready to go. Laying on the ground they may hold a lot of water, even if the bark is gone... especially larger diameter trees that sink into the ground as oppose to lying on or above the soil. I cut a big one up recently that had been down some time. The outer two inches were a bit punky and water-soaked but dried up in a few weeks of sun. The core was solid, wasn't even seasoned and is not drying very fast. I'll save it for next year.
Thanks, I think I have (enough personal energy to) a partial cord of mixed Eastern Red Cedar and White pine. I can cut/split that and put it behind my shed - stacked but not covered, for next year... or if I run out of hardwood in March 2010.
Don't know about cedar, but the pine I would cover as soon as you split and stack (unless it's already sopping and you get a long stretch of sun) - it seems to sponge up water and may not help much in March 2010. (If it's for winter 2010/11, it'll dry in the summer.)
If pine is stacked off the ground it does not appear to soak up any more water than any other softwood (fir, cedar, larch, tamarack). I do not cover my stacks until the snow falls and then only the tops and 1/3rd down.
Most of the pine I've been using has been ready in 6 months. Some white pine we had last year was felled in April and left in the round until late fall. It was 18-22% when we split it. Maybe we just have really dry pine...dunno.