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splitting limbs

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by area_man, Jun 19, 2013.

  1. area_man

    area_man New Member

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    i got around to c/s/s a bunch of limbs today. i split everything down to 3 inch thick stuff and wondered how much further i should go. the bark still peels, its all wet. how long will it tke 2-3 limbs to dry?

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  2. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Depends upon what it is. That small I've never had a problem drying them and they seem to dry is just about the same amount of time as the splits do.
  3. clemsonfor

    clemsonfor Minister of Fire

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    I see stuff that was 3"s round and it was slit in half drying way faster than a huge split hunk of heartwood/sapwood. I have some oak that was just the size you describe and i know its dry after about 1.5 years. a 3" limb is awfully small!

    But, as has been pointed out i am in SC!! But even Michigan is seeing temps in the mid 90s so i dont see how they are not seeing similar results?
  4. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    +1
    Oak is still gonna take longer than maple
    Birch needs the bark scored to dry before the center gets punky.
    I have mostly birch & split everything,
    1 year - burnable,
    2 years - real good burning wood,
    3 years -Primo Burning Fire wood, noticeably better. ;)
  5. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Yup. We've had one day in the 90's this year. Sad to say, there no doubt will be more. Normal for our area is 6-8 days of 90 or above per year.
  6. Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle

    Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle Minister of Fire

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    Depends on the species.... I had 2 24" oaks taken down 2 years ago..... just getting to processing it. Some of the limbs are dry, some not.

    But I like those kinda of rounds for filling in the space during January or February.... a full fire box makes a huge difference when it's bone chillin'.

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