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Splitting and stacking...

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by KaptJaq, Dec 13, 2012.

  1. KaptJaq

    KaptJaq Minister of Fire

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    I've been splitting some of the 30"+/- rounds of red oak I have gathered and I've run into a problem. I only took clean rounds and they split too straight. When I stack them there is no air space between the splits. I have to consciously leave gaps as I stack. This wood is going to take up too much space to season, I guess I should just dump it :(

    Good thing about this problem is that when I burn the wood I will be able to get more into the insert. Think stacking 4x4s in the stove. Once again I'll probably have to offset the rounds a little to let some air into the fire :).

    KaptJaq

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  2. DAKSY

    DAKSY Patriot Guard Rider Staff Member

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    Alternate the directions of the rows as you stack them...E-W the N-S then E-W...
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  3. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Just cross stack like Bob mentioned.

    I'll remember the problems you are having & not become a wood snob. LOL :) :)

    Imagine the nice boards that those logs could have made :)
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  4. KaptJaq

    KaptJaq Minister of Fire

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    They were all yard trees. To get clean rounds I left at least a third of the tree in the street...

    KaptJaq
  5. Backwoods Savage

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    Not sure I understand. Why leave them? Seems a waste. Also stacking those splits so they have air flow should be no problem.
  6. oldogy

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    Yard trees are suspect to be nail infested.............As are fence row trees. Ask me how I know.
  7. Boom Stick

    Boom Stick Feeling the Heat

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    Just took a big oak. Split and stacked same as you. 14" length...perfect for N--S loading in my insert...I stack my piles tight but I alternate as directed. Your oak will have to sit for a while....I don't think airflow will be an issue...There is plenty of air flow when the wind hits it. That is my oak and that is how I stack all my piles and they season fine and never fall over (yet, at least) photo.jpg
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    ansehnlich1 Minister of Fire

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    dag gone i love oak!
  9. KaptJaq

    KaptJaq Minister of Fire

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    Yard trees are constantly trimmed to get the desired appearance. They can have a few feet of straight trunk then a bulge where somebody cut off a branch and the remains are buried in the tree. Then another couple of feet of straight trunk before it splits into 3 or 4 12" limbs. I split by hand so on the 30" trunks I only took the straight sections. Even on the 12" limbs I only take straight sections. I leave the deformed sections where branches were cut off, the branch splits, and anything that looks like it had a hook, nail, fence, or anything else attached. There is still so much on the ground here I can be picky.

    If I finish what I have gathered I can always go back for what I left on the first pass. At the rate our town is going it will be on the side of the road till spring.

    Last year I would take anything. This year I am a wood snob.

    KaptJaq

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