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saw mill scraps??

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by slthompson, Oct 21, 2008.

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  1. slthompson

    slthompson New Member

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    I have just bought a load of firewood from a local saw mill. Seems a lot of people around here burn this stuff. It is oak, hickory, cherry, in 6x6 squares. Just wondering if this is ok to burn in a wood/coal furnace, and if it needs to be seasoned a lot before I burn it? Looks like it was just sawed a couple months ago

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  2. Marty

    Marty Feeling the Heat

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    I'd think a couple months should be pretty good for those mill ends. You'd probably prefer a few more, but they are so dissected they season in a season. Do you have any dryer stuff to start with and or mix in?
  3. InTheRockies

    InTheRockies New Member

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    If you have a moisture meter, check it. Given how small the pieces are, it may season more quickly. I get mine from a nearby mill, but it's longer pieces--3-5 ft. The mill here has wood piles that have sat in their yard for a year--it's cracked and silvered. This year I had them deliver it for the first time--I got a dump truck load, which ended up giving me 565 cf. This is my first year with an efficient EPA stove. I think I'll need more wood than I've got because our heating season is so long--I'll get another truck bed full in my pickup this week. (Had to get the roof on my over flow woodshed fixed, now that's done I've got a place to store it and process it when I've got time.)
  4. slthompson

    slthompson New Member

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    well I cut some maple out of tree top the other day that had been down for 6 months. But I was wondering if I am wasting my money buying these or if they burn pretty good? I have never burned wood until this year so I have a lot of Q's!!
  5. RedRanger

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    If they are flat slabs? don`t let them get wet. they absorb moisture like crazy. And when nice and dry mix with real cordwood. otherwise they will burn too hot.
  6. Bigg_Redd

    Bigg_Redd Minister of Fire

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    If it's anything like mill-ends over here it's kiln dried and ready to burn. It's hard to keep a fire over night with mill-ends but I'd burn 'em.
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