1. Welcome Hearth.com Guests and Visitors - Please enjoy our forums!
    Hearth.com GOLD Sponsors who help bring the site content to you:
    Hearthstone Soapstone and Cast-Iron stoves( Wood, Gas or Pellet Stoves and Inserts)
    Caluwe - Passion for Fire and Water ( Pellet and Wood Hydronic and Space Heating)

Pine: What to do with it?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Skier76, Apr 21, 2009.

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. jeff6443

    jeff6443 New Member

    Joined:
    Jul 29, 2008
    Messages:
    139
    Loc:
    NJ South
    My (son in law ) yea I know we are stuck with them . Is a fireman emt haz mat rescue me kinda guy . Had cut pine logs on him property. He was takeing it to the dump'
    Told him to drop it off 4 f 150 truck loads cut bark off . I split some burns fine . He told me not to call when my house burns down . Told my daugther I was dumb.
    I explained to her about dry wood , She s smart enough to listen to POPA. ( yea I know We are never wrong ) Then I thanked her for the wood .Took her to lunch . Let him think I stupied
    Give me some more great shoulder season burn .

    Helpful Sponsor Ads!





  2. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2008
    Messages:
    15,205
    Loc:
    Unity/Bangor, Maine
    Send him to me . . . I'll set him straight . . . although if he lives in NJ he'll probably just think I'm a dumb hick firefighter in Podunk, Maine. ;) :) . . . and if he did listen to me it might mean the end of your free wood, so on second thought just let him think you're stupid and keep the free wood coming . . . or better yet let him think you're stupid and convince him that the best solution for him to keep his in-laws safe if for him to provide you with good, well-seasoned hardwood. ;) :)
  3. Skier76

    Skier76 Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2009
    Messages:
    1,268
    Loc:
    CT and VT
    Well thanks a lot guys! I've walked our property up north and found a few smaller pines that are on their way out. This has also inspired me to fix up a Homelite saw someone donated to me a few years back. I can already see where this is going. : )
  4. Skier76

    Skier76 Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2009
    Messages:
    1,268
    Loc:
    CT and VT
    I split some of the pine this weekend. It doesn't split that evenly. It almost looks like the stuff pictured in the "ID this knarly stuff… " thread. Think it's past it's prime? I may rent a splitter, split, stack it and hope for the best.
  5. TreePapa

    TreePapa Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2008
    Messages:
    583
    Loc:
    Southern Calif.
    I've had some pine that was tougher than &#(( to split -- really stringy, especially when green, or not at least 1/2 way seasoned. I have two strategies for that wood (1 - preferred method) rent a splitter, prefably hort./vert and run in the vert. mode, or (2) let it dry out 'till it gets some nice seasoning cracks and really wack at it with the maul. If I had a chainsaw (and PPE), I could probably add (3) cut the logs in half so they're nice and short, then wack at them with the maul.

    I'm trying to get away from the rental method due to economics, so that leaves axes, wedges, and mauls (oh my). I'll let you know how that goes!

    Peace,
    - Sequoia
  6. Skier76

    Skier76 Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2009
    Messages:
    1,268
    Loc:
    CT and VT
    The problem with this stuff isn't being green...it's probably been sitting in the pile for a few years. I'll take some pics of it this weekend for you guys.
  7. Wood Duck

    Wood Duck Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Feb 26, 2009
    Messages:
    4,076
    Loc:
    Central PA
    I have some Eastern White Pine in my pile that splits really easily, and some that splits only with a lot of effort. The wood is from the same trees. The difference is the number of knots in the wood. Really knotty White Pine can be a pain to split. There is nothing rottten about the wood, it just doesn't split well. I am sure it will burn well, and maybe the knotty pieces will burn even better than the straight ones, since I get the impression the wood is denser and pitchier in the knots.
  8. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Jul 22, 2008
    Messages:
    15,205
    Loc:
    Unity/Bangor, Maine
    +1 . . . White pine is a very branchy tree and as a result you will end up with quite a few knots in pine which can be a bugger when hand splitting . . . whereas rounds with sections where there were no branches can result in easy, smooth splits.

    As Wood Duck said, there is nothing wrong with the wood . . . in fact I would suspect you'll be getting some wicked good fires . . . they will not last as long as fires fueled by some good hardwood but they should run fast and hot . . . just watch the temps when you get ready and don't load the firebox up chocker blocker full.
  9. CowboyAndy

    CowboyAndy New Member

    Joined:
    Feb 29, 2008
    Messages:
    744
    Loc:
    Chateaugay, NY
    I cut alot of ash this year, and have found that it is similar to pine when splitting. when it is straight, it splits nice. but when there are branches, watch out! I didnt have any problems like this with maple at all.
  10. Skier76

    Skier76 Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2009
    Messages:
    1,268
    Loc:
    CT and VT
    I took some pics this weekend of the pile and what I split. I used a Stanley maul I picked up about 7 or 8 years ago. I haven't split wood in ages and forgot how fun/relaxing it can be.

    Some of this stuff was tough to split. The knotty ones were a real bear! Wet wood was interesting too. Nothing like the maul going into the log about 1.5" and oozing water around the edges of penetration.

    Most of this stuff looked pretty good..which impressed me. As you can see, that stuff was piled years ago; and has collected a lot of leaves and pine needles. I plan on splitting and stacking the reast over the next few weeks. I was going to rent a splitter, but I think a few hours with the maul will take care of business.

    Attached Files:

  11. Skier76

    Skier76 Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2009
    Messages:
    1,268
    Loc:
    CT and VT
    More...

    I took some close ups of some stuff that didn't look like the other pine. It had pine like bark, but the inside was almost redish. I thought cedar, but it didn't have much of a smell to it at all.

    Attached Files:

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page