Red elm seasoning time

brian89gp Posted By brian89gp, Mar 31, 2013 at 5:22 PM

  1. brian89gp

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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.
     
  2. Backwoods Savage

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

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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

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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

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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

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    Best plan on 2 years CSS
     
  7. Redlegs

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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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