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Red elm seasoning time

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by brian89gp, Mar 31, 2013.

  1. brian89gp

    brian89gp Feeling the Heat

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    What is the seasoning time on red elm? 1 year like silver maple, 3 year like oak, or somewhere inbetween? 37% fresh cut today.

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  2. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Brian, I've never burned it but I think you are correct with a year.
  3. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    It will be ready this time next year. (depending on weather, & stacking method)
    Realistically, be good burning wood for 14/15 winter, having 2 summers to season .

    In a pinch it would be OK for 13/14, but barely. ( If it's what you got, it's what you burn ;) )
  4. midwestcoast

    midwestcoast Minister of Fire

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    Doesn't dry as fast as Silver Maple, but still is good by 1 year easy. I've burned a bunch this year and last.
  5. Woody Stover

    Woody Stover Minister of Fire

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    I don't have a lot of experience drying it but some dead standing I cut last year seemed to be a bit slow to dry the rest of the way. Based on my limited experience, I think I would give fresh-cut a couple years. I think I have read two years for American Elm...
  6. blades

    blades Minister of Fire

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    Best plan on 2 years CSS
  7. Redlegs

    Redlegs Feeling the Heat

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    I added some red elm to the pile that was dead standing but still wet inside (over 35%MC) last spring. With over 100 days of 100 deg plus temps and the normal Kansas winds it was 15% or less this winter, and burned great.

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