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To cover, or not to cover, THAT is the quesion

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by ansehnlich1, Jul 20, 2013.

  1. Stegman

    Stegman Feeling the Heat

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    This thread cracks me up. This has to be the most beaten to death subject matter on this whole site. I'm pretty ambivalent about the whole thing, but even I have thrown my two cents in on this subject in at least two or three other threads. Congrats to the OP for stirring the pot so successfully - there's current four pages of replies! :)
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  2. BillLion

    BillLion Feeling the Heat

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    You just made it 5!

    So...do you cover or not?!? ==c
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  3. oldspark

    oldspark Guest

    Do you guys cover your dead horses?
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  4. Joful

    Joful Minister of Fire

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    Heh... you're missing a pretty large gradient in weather, if you compare Harrisburg to Philly. Philly snow melts in hours. Harrisburg... weeks.
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  5. oldspark

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    Cant this thread die, my point was they are fairly close, you said that and then changed your post.
  6. oldspark

    oldspark Guest

    Pick a city you want me to compare to, might as well keep the stupidity alive a while longer.
  7. ScotO

    ScotO Guest

    This thread will never die, Sparky. Well, I should say this SUBJECT will never die.......;)
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  8. Machria

    Machria Minister of Fire

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    Covering it does nothing. This stack is 100% green Black Locust, cut down, bucked and stacked last winter (Jan/Feb...). So its 8 months old, un-covered ON THE WATER, on LONG ISLAND (read: one of the most humid places in the US in the summer). High humidity, salt water air..., snow on it last winter, rain all spring and summer. In fact, it poored on it a day before this pic was snapped! Yet, this stuff is ripe and perfect for the stove.

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  9. Joful

    Joful Minister of Fire

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    Changed my post? I didn't change anything.

    5 pages is nothing. Look at those Blaze King fanboys: 32 pages!

    http://www.hearth.com/talk/threads/2012-2013-blaze-king-performance-thread-everything-bk.93182/
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  10. oldspark

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    Joful, underneath the charts it used to say Penn. was more humid then Iowa but not by much, now it has something different.
  11. oldspark

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    I think we can get to 6 pages at this rate.
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  12. ansehnlich1

    ansehnlich1 Minister of Fire

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    That Locust don't count, I dug up some locust post here on the farm that was buried prior to 1960 :eek:, bucked them post to length and they burned great.....no rot either, no punk, no rot.......

    OH WAIT, that Locust was covered....with DIRT ;lol

    As for me and my wood....COVERED, ALL THE TIME, ALL DAY LONG!

    And I'd appreciate folks not causing this thread to get shut down.....anybody with nothing to do some cold January night can read through the whole thing!
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  13. ansehnlich1

    ansehnlich1 Minister of Fire

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    Dang, I was sure that last post was long enough to go to 6 pages......::P
  14. Locust Post

    Locust Post Minister of Fire

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    Lets see if I can help get to 6....I never covered anything except about 1 cord on the patio but I am farther ahead than ever so I just bought some metal roofing seconds that will go on my stacks.
  15. Locust Post

    Locust Post Minister of Fire

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    By the way never had any wood go bad just moved some that has been in the stack uncovered for about 3 years and it seemed fine......mix of cherry,ash,maple and locust
  16. captjack

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    when its dead - its going in the shed !

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  17. HDRock

    HDRock Minister of Fire

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    Going for6
    I have a makeshift shed and 2 racks on the back deck and another rack close to the house , I fill with dry wood in the fall.

    Last year, I had these top covered and had problems with wind blown, rain, freezing rain and snow,

    so this year I will cover the top,sides ,front and back ,and only leave the ends open ,if the wood gets soaked and then it turns real

    cold and stays cold it's hard to burn ice-cycles
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  18. Locust Post

    Locust Post Minister of Fire

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    This is what is getting covered with metal roofing. This picture is from Spring...65' long,7' high and 3 rows deep. I may try to get a few more sheets for my other stacks or just rotate and keep the older stuff covered.

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  19. HDRock

    HDRock Minister of Fire

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    Nice stacks bro
  20. Machria

    Machria Minister of Fire

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    DON'T DO IT! You're going to ruin the wood!

    6?

    :)
  21. Joful

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    Ah... you're right! I had looked at the actual yearly peak, and saw that Philly and Sioux City were just a few percent apart, when I made that initial comment. Then I went back and looked at the duration of the high humidity (7 months vs. 2.5 months), and changed my last sentence to reflect that. Sorry for the confusion.

    As to how beaten this dead horse is... what else should a bunch of pyroholics discuss in late summer?
  22. fox9988

    fox9988 Minister of Fire

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    I can't stop coming back to read the latest posts........every year........its like a bad wreck in slow motion.........every year.........I need a new hobby.......next year.......I'm hopeless.........I don't top cover........I know I'd be better off......I'm too lazy.......maybe next year......!!!
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  23. Applesister

    Applesister Minister of Fire

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    Location...location...location...
    I top cover with metal roofing sheets because Im NOT three years ahead. (my 2¢)
    And this thread has been a fun read.
    Sometimes dead horses become legends.
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  24. Applesister

    Applesister Minister of Fire

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    Opinions are like dead horses?
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  25. Stegman

    Stegman Feeling the Heat

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    Long story short, I used to be in the "don't cover" camp and still think leaving the wood uncovered is fine. But now, after a year of drying, I throw a rubber roofing cover over my stacks under the "can't hurt" principle. From there, they go into the woodshed.

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