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Pine drying time

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by red oak, Nov 4, 2012.

  1. red oak

    red oak Minister of Fire

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    The thread "2 year pine" got me thinking. I have a large pine tree that got blown over by Sandy. I have burned pine before but it's always been dead when I've cut (dead standing, usually blown over). So assuming I get it c/s/s this month or next, how long would it take to season properly? Any chance of it being ready for next fall? I live in Virginia so we have rather warm spring and summer but unfortunately a good bit of humidity also.

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  2. Wood Duck

    Wood Duck Minister of Fire

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    I think the pine will be nicely dried by nect fall, assuming you stack it in a place with good air movement, not too many rows up against each other, etc.
  3. firewoodjunky

    firewoodjunky Member

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    I generally only let my pine seaon for a year. I would say if you get it c/s/s soon, it should be fine for Fall in Virginia. Which, I imagine, occurs a bit after our New England Fall, and even later than the Alaskan Fall - which I think starts in late July :)
  4. certified106

    certified106 Minister of Fire

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    It should be ready by next fall without a problem.
  5. TimJ

    TimJ Minister of Fire

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    It's good your thinking about next fall. Planning is a good thing
  6. PapaDave

    PapaDave Minister of Fire

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    I've got some stacked from May of this year I could probably burn now, but I'll wait until next fall to burn it.
    I'm burning some now that was c/s/s last fall.
    Sounds like a plan to me.
  7. kennyl70

    kennyl70 New Member

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    Should be fine. I usually cut pine the winter before. split it, though it is a bit sticky lol. if you leave it in rounds it will take awhile but c/s/s and u will be good for next fall.
  8. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    Yes . . . should be good to go by next Fall with no issues.
  9. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Should be good to go.
    BroBart says 2 years makes it even better.
    Worth saving some & trying it to see if you have the same results.
    I CSS some live spruce in the late winter & it burned good the next fall.

    evergreens here evolved to lose most all of their water before winter,
    it's so cold any water in the trees does damage or makes them brittle & the wind snaps them off.
    Many say if you need fire wood here, spruce is dry enough to cut in the winter & burn, but a years seasoning makes for some real good shoulder season wood.
  10. Grisu

    Grisu Minister of Fire

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    I am currently burning some white pine that was cut and split in May. The bigger splits are still too moist but the smaller ones are fine. The big trick is, I found out, to keep it top-covered. The splits in the uncovered part of the stack are noticeably heavier. I have quite a bit more to split and will cover everything once it is stacked.
  11. NH_Wood

    NH_Wood Minister of Fire

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    I stacked about a cord of pine last February - perfect for burning right now - I'd say you will be just fine - pine dries very fast. If at all worried, stack in single rows and it will be perfect. If pine takes more that a year to be good to burn, let's bump every other species to 2-3 years and oak to 5 years! Cheers!

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