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Time to season Oak tops and should they be split

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by spur0701, May 23, 2011.

  1. spur0701

    spur0701 Member

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    I've got about a cords worth of white oak tops, they range in diameter from about 1.5" to maybe 2.5" to 3", none are split. What's a general seasoning time for these since they are not split? At what diamter is it worth splitting 'em......

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  2. jimbom

    jimbom Combustion Analyzer

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    I cut oak limbs up into firewood and split every piece headed to the stove at least once. So anything the size of my wrist or larger gets split. But I am retired and have the time to fool around with my splitter. It is not really the most efficient use of time. Even so, seasoning time is longer than you would think.
  3. Woody Stover

    Woody Stover Minister of Fire

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    If the tops were cut green, you're probably looking at a couple of years before it's dry. I would split anything that is splittable and let the unsplit stuff dry even longer than the split (if you even want to mess with that small stuff.) It does make good kindling, though...
  4. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    That small and being white oak, possibly a year. Possibly 2 years.

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