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Split oak still not dry after two years

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by bsa0021, Sep 7, 2009.

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  1. bsa0021

    bsa0021 Feeling the Heat

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    I was planning on moving it under cover today and some of it is >35 on the moisture meter. It's spent one year stacked/split in high wind shady area and second year in high sun and wind area and still not done. :down:
    I don't know how some of you dry your wood in a shed.

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  2. Todd

    Todd Minister of Fire

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    That's Oak for ya, I've seen sizzling Oak in the stove that was 3 years old before. Sometimes that stuff just doesn't want to give up it's moisture.
  3. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    can u splitt it again?
  4. bsa0021

    bsa0021 Feeling the Heat

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    I going right now....I have half a mind to go buy that log splitter right NOW. Check out my splits. Do these look to big? I don't know if that will help me this year. Does Locust take as long as oak? I may be in the same boat with that and if so I'll be hurting this winter.

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    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    if you can get another splitt then it will drop the rest of the mostier much quicker
  6. bsa0021

    bsa0021 Feeling the Heat

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    When you guys check moisture w/your meter are you checking the center or all over. Just checked my locust and after splitting I got >35 half inch from bark and 15 on opposite end (middle was 22)
  7. Todd

    Todd Minister of Fire

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    Your wood looks good and dry to me, moisture meters aren't the most accurate. Build a fire with it and see if it sizzles, if not you good to go.
  8. burntime

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    Split it and check the middle... That should be the wetest spot other then right under the bark...
  9. Dune

    Dune Minister of Fire

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    Cover the tops of your stacks! If rain gets on it, it has to dry off. If rain doesn't get on it then interior moisture can leave instead.

    Thats the main reason a wood shed works. No new moisture is added.
  10. bsa0021

    bsa0021 Feeling the Heat

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    One hour of sun and the rack is dried after a rain. I've had more trouble drying under my lean-to. I had one inch splits under cover for three years and it still sizzled when burned.
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    bsa0021 Feeling the Heat

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    It looks like the larger pieces w/bark are giving me trouble. I originally split them larger for overnight burning. I'm sorting through the stack and splitting the larger pieces.
  12. Bigg_Redd

    Bigg_Redd Minister of Fire

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    I know oak is the best firewood and all but the more I read about oak the more I don't mind not having much of it around here.
  13. Dune

    Dune Minister of Fire

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    That makes no sense to me whatsoever.
  14. branchburner

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    In my experience, freshly cut wood will season more slowly if covered, and wet wood will dry more slowly if covered. I leave wood uncovered to start. Once seasoned and dry, thanks to sun and air, wood will stay dry if covered.
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    Agree. I had some free oak last year that was mostly seasoned, pretty good stuff, but I'm not sure I'd want a bunch of green oak. Maybe to trade for something else.
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    Dune Minister of Fire

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    Thats fine but 1" splits under cover for three years? They sure weren't in a well ventilated wood shed.
  17. quads

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    Yes, oak does take some experience, but once you have the know-how and can plan far enough ahead until it's ready, it's worth it.
  18. savageactor7

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    bsa the splits look big for my stove...but yeah if you split them again they should dry faster. Maybe with any future oak you can find a spot in the sun for it...or leave it uncovered till just before the snow flies.
  19. BigV

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    I just finished stocking my garage with 6 cord of wood for the winter. Most of it 2 ½ year old red oak. I split several pieces during the moving process and found the moisture % between 19 and 22%. I keep the top of my stacks covered with roofing rubber to keep it dry. I love oak, but it takes some management to insure it's seasoned properly before it's needed.
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    i think moisture meters are over-rated.
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    In comparison to what?
  22. f3cbboy

    f3cbboy Feeling the Heat

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    in comparison to what the wood looks like, the sound when you bang two pieces together and how the wood burns in a fire. I think the post earlier that said make a fire and watch and listen was on the mark. maybe that was you Brother bart?

    Sorry that earlier post was by Todd
  23. pulldownclaw

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    I'm a little worried about my oak for this year. I split my stuff down to about half the size of your splits because I had read so much about the infamous oak seasoning time. My stuff will only be seasoned about 12-14 months by the time I get to it, we shall see......on the lookout for quicker drying stuff for next year so I can let the rest of my oak sit longer.
  24. fahmahbob

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    I have a cord and a half of red oak split and stacked July '08 - in the sun, wind, etc. Still reading up to 28% on some, but most is under 22%. I'll just use it on well-established fires if I need to. I've got 6 cords of mixed, dry hardwood besides that, so I'm not too concerned.
  25. Bigg_Redd

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    No firewood is getting a 2+ year stay of execution in MY woodshed.
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