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railroad tie ends (before treating)

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by brian89gp, Mar 23, 2013.

  1. brian89gp

    brian89gp Feeling the Heat

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    I might have the opportunity to pick up a bunch of railroad tie ends for a pretty good price. Its from a small lumber mill so theoretically this would be a continual supply for next year and beyond. They are 8-16" long and the same dimensions as a railroad tie.

    How do secondary burn stoves handle wood like this, meaning squared off wood that will pack very tightly into the stove?

    I am mulling my options here. I burn about 6 cords a year and only have room for that much in storage, so I can never get ahead. If I buy the ends I can stack them tighter and taller and possibly even inside my garage (no bark, so I assume much fewer bugs) so that I can get a 2 year supply.

    Thoughts?

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  2. aussiedog3

    aussiedog3 Feeling the Heat

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    Should burn great! The tighter you can pack them in the stove, with little or no air spaces will give you a super long burn time.
    Give it a try.
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    westkywood Feeling the Heat

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    That would be sweet. I use to get oak ends from a place that makes pallets. They were about 6x6x10 inches. I loved it because it was no mess.
  4. brian89gp

    brian89gp Feeling the Heat

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    Thats good news. Hopefully they come back with a good price. Hell, even at close to split firewood rates would be alright by me. They sell some pretty decent slabwood for about $30 per cord, 100% oak so I'm hoping for a good price on the tie ends.

    Do you think I would be able to stack it up in my garage and basement without running into problems? I mean, its not much different then the pile of 2x4's I have in there right?
  5. Jon1270

    Jon1270 Minister of Fire

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    My only worry would be whether they are dry, because stacking them to allow sufficient air circulation to dry quickly might be difficult.
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    DanCorcoran Minister of Fire

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    And if they aren't dry, just remember that as they dry they'll release humidity into the air, making your garage and basement more humid (tools will rust more easily, etc.).
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    brian89gp Feeling the Heat

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    Will it be sufficient if stacked in single rows with both ends exposed? Like split wood without the air gap between pieces?

    Hmmm. Maybe outside for 2-3 years and then inside for storage.
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    I wouldn't think it would be ideal, but I am only guessing. Maybe it would be worth splitting each one in half so that each piece has one rough surface to provide some air gaps?
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    They will work great depending on how you handle them. First is the drying and you'll no doubt see that you have to leave a little air space between the blocks. Same thing goes for the stove. You can pack some of them tight but you still need a little space between most of the block.
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    brian89gp Feeling the Heat

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    That makes sense.

    I'll see if I can't get 10-20 cords worth of it and stack it up at my parents house and let it sit for 3 years, then start moving it up to my house a truckload at a time.

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