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Posted By KateC,
Oct 25, 2006 at 2:34 AM
No kidding Time to get back to workforce diversity.
Warren----did the cardboard thing this morning and got a righteous roman candle. And no, the Boyscout hasn't yet been convinced to wander in here, despite all my constant raving about you all.
I didn't mean to imply anyone here is chauvanistic---I run into alot of patronizing attitudes from different directions and it sometimes gets my dander up a bit.
Your crackin me up
Hah---glad it tickled you but now I CAN'T let him in here or I'm dust.
Well bugette...your going to have to work with what you got. It seems that first year burners(myself included) have no choice but to work with less than ideal wood. The ONLY sure way to get dry wood is to plan ahead and order or cut yourself early. That being said we still want to be warm this winter soooo..... the consencis seems to be split smaller and cross stack.
My question for experienced burners is, cross split and stacked what is the best location for drying once the temps start to drop.
1. Outside and covered -lots of wind but freezing temps,chance of driving rain/snow on sides and bottom.
2. Unheated garage- zero chance of percip, no wind, freezing temps
3. Unfinshed basement- warm 68deg, no wind, zero chance of precip.
Other than that I see storing as much wood as possible next to the stove being the best bet.
PS. I think of this as our anishiation into the world of wood burning, a way of exceleration the learning process of wood heating and our stoves.
Follow Elk's advice and consider buying a pallet of super-compressed logs for this year and burn them. At least you'll get predictable heat. Hopefully by Jan the rest of the wood will have dried out enough to burn regularly.
What is the best option 1,2,3 for drying
Gunner, I'm not BeGreen but I stayed at a Holiday Inn last night...
The following suggestion applies if your wood has a good head start down the road to drying. I would not put fresh split wood in the basement as it will give off a surprising amount of water vapor and possibly some stank depending on the species.
Of the options presented (and if it is already partially dry) I would move as much wood into your 68 degree basement as space/wife/situation allows! If space is somewhat limited, load up a spot in the basement and then load up another spot in the garage. Keep moving wood from outside --> garage --> basement.
yes, and keep moving wood that much and you will be so warm you won't need a fire!
They always say "wood will warm you twice" HA , more like 4 or 5 time.
If I remember right do not store it in your garage it will be missing soon
I knock a couple of pieces together. If it has a bright sound like a ball bat, I burn it. If it thumps its not ready. I have cherry I am currently burning that looks as good as the day it was split. Its been protected. I take my wood to the basement with the wood furnace and I run the dehumidifier on high. I stay ahead so I always have good wood to burn. Of course it stays outside till about 2 weeks before burning then its in the basement.
You want maximum air circulation and warmth. Stack them so that the prevailing wind can blow through the stack and cover the top of the stack. Build a temporary shed over the stack if you want quicker results.
I went thru the wet wood deal last year (my first year burning). It would take forever to get lit, then I would get raging fires with very little heat. It was bought cut and split cherry, but to be fair to the seller, I just started burning in December and he told me that what he was selling was only a couple months old. This year the wood I am burning is from a friends property. It's oak, locust and cherry. It's been down for 2 years, great heat but burns up pretty fast. But, I would rather make more trips to the woodburner than give my money to the gas company. All it costs me is gas, chains and sweat equity. He has at least another season's worth of 2 yr. old wood down. After we clear out all the down wood this coming summer, he has some monster cherry and locust trees he wants to cut for the following year. What a guy!