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Rotate your wood?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by burnt2perfection, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. burnt2perfection

    burnt2perfection Member

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    So I relocated as much of this to the back porch wood bid as I could the other day. My delima is that I need to fill the shed soon because I need to clear space from my outside wood racks. A neighbor gave me some trees, and I want to get started on them soon. I'd rather burn this wood left over from last winter first, but since my shed only is accessible from one end I'd have to move AGAIN in order to do that. I'll probably just cover it up, but was curious what some of your opinions might be on this topic. There is a lot of "softer" woods in these rows, since it should have been for last springs shoulder season. Some kind of bugs have been chewing on the soft maple and elm, but seem to be leaving everthing else alone.

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  2. gzecc

    gzecc Minister of Fire

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    Use it where it sits. Heating with wood is labor intensive enough without having to move wood unnecessarily.
  3. WellSeasoned

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    The only time I move a wood pile is in early fall, unnessesary, yes, but it goes into my wood shed that is not open on the sides, so only seasoned wood ready to burn this season goes in it. The woodshed is quite a bit closer to the house. Then this opens up outdoor storage for future years. Be well
  4. Wood Duck

    Wood Duck Minister of Fire

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    I'd try to burn the older stuff first because it will be drier and burn better than the new stuff, not because I think it will rot or be destroyed by bugs. If it is kept dry and in a shed it should last a long time.
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  5. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    In the first place, wood does not dry worth a hoot like that. Neighbor gave you some trees? Great. Cut, split and stack it outside until it is dry then move it in there.
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  6. ScotO

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    Rotate your wood?!? ;lol;lol;lol

    OH, you mean rotate your FIREWOOD! I thought you meant something entirely different.... ::-)

    you could go blind from that, you know.....>>
  7. ScotO

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    Sounds like powderpost beetles. Are they really small holes (around 1/16")?
  8. dorkweed

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    PM me with your address, I'll drive down with my big trailer, and I'll help you out by taking a cord or two off your hands!!!!:cool:
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  9. Gark

    Gark Minister of Fire

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    I would want to burn that wood in the picture first, being the driest. Are there any kids in the neighborhood who might like to make a few bucks? Or, a bring -your-own wheelbarrow wood party with friends, enticed by a barbeque and beverages? It goes way faster with help.
  10. burnt2perfection

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    That'd be my guess. Although I didn't look very hard, I really couldn't see any holes. The evidence was little piles of very fine sawdust between the splits.
  11. burnt2perfection

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    Nothing goes in the shed that isn't dry. (C/S/S at least 2 years.)

    My wood lot has 21 drying racks aranged to fence in my back yard. It's a nice look, and I get many compliments.
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    I could start stacking somewhere else. I have plenty of room, but I am trying to resist that tempation! LOL So in order to start cutting I have to move this DRIED wood to the shed. I would prefer to burn what's in there first, but I'm 99% sure to cover it up. Depending on our winters I may never see the back of my woodshed again. Unless the bugs eat me a new doorway to the other side.
  12. Backwoods Savage

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    Powder Post Beetle dust.

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