sun or wind?

Flame On Posted By Flame On, Jan 2, 2009 at 2:21 AM

Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.
  1. Flame On

    Flame On
    Member

    Sep 25, 2008
    44
    12
    Loc:
    Southeast PA
    I'm in the process of bucking and splitting a cherry. I can put it along the fence where it will get plenty of wind (as the fence separates my property from a large meadow) BUT it will be shaded through the late spring and summer once the leaves are in. OR I can stack along my property line where there is about 4 hours of sun, but the wind will be blocked by the detached garage. I should have it all split over the next few days and plan on using it next season (Dec. 09). I'm also stacking it in a single row.
    Thoughts?
     
  2. smokinj

    smokinj
    Minister of Fire

    Aug 11, 2008
    15,981
    1,412
    Loc:
    Anderson, Indiana
    the btu's are 20btu on chery IMO I use it for smokin meat but sure it can heat a home!
     
  3. Malatesta

    Malatesta
    New Member

    Dec 1, 2008
    112
    1
    Loc:
    Maryland
    Cherry is a good decent burning hardwood,it will be plenty dry by next December when your ready tro use it. Either area will be good enough. Smells good too !

    I usuallly split mine around 4-6 inches.
     
  4. Shipper50

    Shipper50
    Minister of Fire

    Nov 10, 2007
    604
    0
    Loc:
    Indiana
    I would go for the wind if its more prevalent than your sun. I don't think 4 hours of sun is as good as wind most of the day.

    Shipper
     
  5. bsruther

    bsruther
    Minister of Fire

    Oct 28, 2008
    889
    185
    Loc:
    Northern Kentucky
    If I had to choose, I'd choose wind over sun.
    About a third of my firewood is Black Cherry. I love that stuff.
     
  6. savageactor7

    savageactor7
    Minister of Fire

    Jan 25, 2008
    3,708
    10
    Loc:
    CNY
    I would go for the site that provides the most early morning sum...sometimes that is more important consideration. But a good wind will do in a pinch.
     
  7. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa
    Minister of Fire

    Nov 9, 2008
    7,361
    110
    Loc:
    NW Ontario
    4 hours of sun is not that much. I'd go for the windy spot but then I don't live in PA and have no idea what RH levels are there.
     
  8. iceman

    iceman
    Minister of Fire

    Nov 18, 2006
    2,377
    9
    Loc:
    Springfield Ma (western mass)
    if you are stacking in a single row either place is fine... heck put them in both spots a see which one dries faster!!
    if you were stacking more than 1 row deep i would still say try both ways as i had wood under a tree in the summer and when the leaves came out the wood rarely got wet! compared to the other wood getting wet and getting some sun,
    but unless you live somewhere windy.... like up on a mountain or the bottom of one where you constantly have a breeze i would go for the sun 4 hrs a day of a microwave vs a occasional 5-10 mph wind i think the sun wins
    #$##$# read your post wrong go for the wind!!!!! don't feel like erasing all this
     
  9. Corey

    Corey
    Minister of Fire

    Nov 19, 2005
    2,295
    155
    Loc:
    Midwest
    For consideration:

    How much sun is going to hit any piece of wood that is not on the top or edge of the pile?

    An average 1 mile-per-hour wind blowing past/through a 4x8 foot stack of wood for one year is nearly 1.5 billion cubic feet of air.

    In summary, I don't think it will make much difference either way. My wood pile sets mostly in the shade and oriented in a north-south direction...prevailing winds are from the south, meaning they mainly hit the end of the pile as opposed to a face. But after a year, I've always got nice, dry wood.
     
  10. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage
    Minister of Fire

    Feb 14, 2007
    27,815
    7,367
    Loc:
    Michigan
    My wood pile is much like Corey's. Stacked N-S and doesn't get much sunshine but lots of wind.
     
  11. Bigg_Redd

    Bigg_Redd
    Minister of Fire

    Oct 19, 2008
    4,153
    993
    Loc:
    Shelton, WA
    I would choose time over both wind and sun.
     
Thread Status:
Not open for further replies.

Share This Page