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Restacking my firewood the easy way.

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Pallet Pete, Jul 28, 2013.

  1. Pallet Pete

    Pallet Pete Guest

    Well the last few months have been very hectic and I decided it is time to re-stack all the firewood. I went the easy route this time. There are still pallets involved though not as many as with my bins therefore I am still Pallet Pete lol.

    Pete

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  2. DexterDay

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    I can dig that... pallets and T posts.. (Like) :)

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  3. Jacktheknife

    Jacktheknife Minister of Fire

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    Waiting for my posts to come in!
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  4. HDRock

    HDRock Minister of Fire

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    That's the way I'm doing it for most of my wood, pallets and T posts :)
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  5. Woody Stover

    Woody Stover Minister of Fire

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    How come you had to re-stack it? Moving it up into position for this winter?

    I've got a double-row of Red Oak at my SIL's. I'm going to test a few splits as they still seem a little heavier than I'd like, and move one row away from the other, re-stacking it up where there's more breeze, if it needs more time.
  6. Pallet Pete

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    It needed to be moved so the new fence could go up. I made a mess of our yard and need to restack before the winter hits. We have roughly 12cord to get rearranged this year.

    How long has your Oak sat ? I won't even burn it unless its to 3 years split stacked minimum which of course means I don't burn oak much.

    Pete
  7. Woody Stover

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    This is some wood my SIL scrounged. It was already split medium-small. The part of it that was stacked single-row seems pretty dry, although I haven't metered it yet. The double-row seems a little heavier, but I only hefted a couple of bigger splits. It was split and stacked 1/12, maybe a couple months longer at the place she got it from.
  8. Augie

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    I still suggest some 19.99 clear plastic from Home Depot and rig up a solar kiln. That Oak should be ready this winter. I have a cord that went from about 48% to about 21% since I tented it up in April. You have about 90-120 days left, and the fall here in Mich has more sunny days than the spring. I will be moving the rig this week to try to dry another cord. at this point though I'm just playing as I'm set for this year, but id like to start next spring with 2 Seasons CSS & Seasoned.
  9. Pallet Pete

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    I have heard about that but it seems as though the tarp would cause moister build up on the top of the pile. Do you have a pic ? I would like to see how you do it.

    Pete
  10. Augie

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    Ill get a pic this afternoon, but the basic idea is to angle the plastic off the top of the stack, say a 20-45 degree angle. Plastic lets sun in but traps heat so Pile gets hotter moisture leaves quicker. Since the plastic is cooler than the air moisture will condense even on a hot day. The raised part will collect the hottest most moisture laden air where the water will condense and then drain down off the stack. you can also leave a small area in the highest part open so that the hot air rises out and is replaced by the cooler air from the bottom. Leave the plastic a few inches off the ground, so that during the evening the air will change as well.
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  11. Pallet Pete

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    Thanks Augie this sounds interesting if it works. I can only fit around 13 cord if I push it which is around 3 years worth of heat but I would love to be able to do more. Using the bins I can get about 5 years worth but its slooooooow drying being 4ft by 6ft by 8ft stacks. Tarps might be the answer !

    Pete
  12. Joful

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    They grow so slow.

    I like the middle posts, separating the long row into manageable (and measurable) units, but I'm surprised those end posts hold.
  13. Pallet Pete

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    So far so good I have not had any issues yet. I have been using them for a long time however not on the scale of this year ! In the past maybe 6 or 8 reused a year however this year all my wood is getting put up with them. I buy 6ft posts and drive them in 2ft not much but enough and in the winter up here the ground is so hard you couldn't pull them with a tow truck if your life depended on it.

    Pete
  14. Augie

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    Here is what I started with from Cornell. They say 20inchx8inch rounds going from fresh cut to Seasoned in 90 days as well. Cornell is in NY if you didnt know, and they have cooler temps in the summer and less sun than we do in the fall. If I were you I would tent up two Cords now, they should be ready by Thanksgiving and then move the tents to another section of your wood till may next year, and keep moving it every few months until your 12 cords are seasoned and you are ahead. That is what I plan on doing. I hope to keep 6 cords on hand at all times with 4 being seasoned. Makes it so I dont have to keep so much wood on the property.
    http://www2.dnr.cornell.edu/ext/info/pubs/Harvesting/CC Accelerated Seasoning of Firewood.pdf
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    Awesome!
    Do you clone you splits? & use a Laser to stack ?
    Great picture :)
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  16. Joful

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    Dexter regularly puts my level of OCD / anal retentiveness to shame.
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    Those are a single wide pallet? Either that or those splits are very long.
  18. DexterDay

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    Very small pallets. They are 2 deep. Odd size that I got from work. They work well though.

    Its 3 rows of 18" splits
  19. HDRock

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    I am interested , you should do a write up With Pics
    Please !! :)
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    :( <> And to think that I was sure Pallet Pete gave up t-posts.....
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  21. Pallet Pete

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    So was I then life got in the way lol. I don't even take the time to split pretty anymore just split and throw. O well it will all slow down eventually then I can get back to pretty stacks without t-posts.

    Pete
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  22. amateur cutter

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    Good luck making pretty stacks outta that Elm we split Saturday.:mad: I wanna see that. A C
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  23. Flatbedford

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    I stack on pallets with T posts too, but slip a pallet over the posts. This makes a much more stable end and requires less precision stacking.
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  24. HDRock

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    Now that's how to break in a splitter.
    That stuff burns fine but, it really is a bear getting it split n stacked, once dry I like it for starting a fire
  25. Augie

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    After you get the wood in toss a pallet or two on the top to give it some air space, throw some clear plastic over the whole thing with a small opening in the highest point and you have a solar kiln... or at least that is what I did and 90days later dry oak :)
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