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Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by kwikrp, Nov 4, 2008.

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  1. kwikrp

    kwikrp Feeling the Heat

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    I have just got 2 cords delivered stacked about 1 1/2. My question is that it is going to rain here for the next couple of days, should I cover it all with tarps ? My neighbor say it should be covered ( he supposedly burnt for many years ) but the majority of piles I see around here are not covered. What do you guys believe and do ? Any Pros and Cons to either ?

    Thanks

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  2. Cazimere

    Cazimere Member

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    I keep my dry/seasoned wood, that i'll be burning this winter, covered : )
  3. Shipper50

    Shipper50 Minister of Fire

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    If you know its going to rain for days and you plan on burning the wood soon I would cover and then when you know its going to not rain, then take the cover off and let the air get to it again. That's what I do...


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  4. Valhalla

    Valhalla Minister of Fire

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    I cover the tops of the stacks and 10% down the sides in the spring and summer on all wood. So the rain and spring snow melt water can run off, but the stacks get great ventilation to season the wood.

    I then cover the tops and about 50% down the sides in the heating season. Leaving some space at the bottom for dry air flow.

    Seasoned wood and kindling to burn for this season, or the next, goes in my barn and wood shed.
  5. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    Starting in early Oct- I keep them covered on top.
  6. bdog

    bdog New Member

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    I keep the tops and maybe the top foot on each side covered to help the rain run down the sides w/o getting into the wood.
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