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Question about seasoning

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by CTBurner, Sep 18, 2008.

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  1. CTBurner

    CTBurner Member

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    I searched the forum, but did not find answer, So here it is, I am cutting green wood down for next year maybe 7 0r 8 cords, To season best I know to split and stack outside but I am thinking about putting down pallets in a large square, I have as many as I need, and then piling splits up like a pyramid by tossing in a pile. most of wood is oak , all is hardwood. which method is best for seasoning.

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  2. brooktrout

    brooktrout New Member

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    I stacked ten cords this year, all on pallets. Mine are in rows, with a few inches of space between each row. It's good to keep the wood off the ground. The wood will season in a pyramid, albeit much more slowly. And oak, jeez, that'll take years just piled up like that. Stacking doesn't take much time- it goes faster than you'd think. worth the effort, in my opinion. Though there are plenty of people who just pile it up...
  3. Tfin

    Tfin New Member

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    The best method for seasoning any wood is to cut, split and stack it off the ground. Preferably in a sunny and well ventalated area.
  4. Jim in CT

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    I haven't tried it, but years ago someone told me about what he called "super-heating" his wood.
    He said to stack up the wood on pallets, and wrap it up with clear plastic and stick a piece of pVC pipe thru the plastic at the top horizontally so the hot air could escape but rain couldn't get in.
    Think Ill do one that way and one just stacked up and compare them in a year.
    Will it get moldy in there?
  5. Scrounger

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    I have had fungus and other stuff grow on a single row of wood stacked on a pallet. There is alot of moisture coming out of freshly cut and split wood. I think it will get moldy if you wrap it.
  6. tkirk22

    tkirk22 New Member

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    Something similar has been tried:
    http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/pubs/pnw_rn450.pdf

    Maybe there's a better way:
    http://www.builditsolar.com/Projects/WoodDrying/wood_kiln.htm
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