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To tarp or not to tarp an 8 ’ length pile

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by tinsley207, Nov 24, 2008.

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  1. tinsley207

    tinsley207 New Member

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    I've just taken delivery of 4 cord red oak in 8 foot lengths. It's in a large pile and I won't get to processing it until the spring. My question is do I cover this pile with a large tarp or do I just let it winter over uncovered? Thanks.

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  2. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    It won't really make a difference if it's in log lengths during the winter, except that if you get a hankering to cut some up, it would be nice to not have snow on it now.

    I would definitely not go buy tarps for it.
  3. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    And get it off the ground if possible. If off of the ground and you don't plan on working it up till spring, forget the tarps. You will just be chasing them around the yard after the first big winter blow.
  4. ansehnlich1

    ansehnlich1 Minister of Fire

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    no way, this ole' boy would NOT be tarpin' that pile.

    unless, as mentioned, I wanted to get at it to do some sawin'.

    otherwise, ain't no rain or snow gonna hurt it.
  5. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa Minister of Fire

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    Why wait for Spring? Do it now!
  6. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    Same here
  7. Jeff S

    Jeff S Feeling the Heat

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    I don't believe I would bother tarping it,but I would also have a hard time resisting till spring also.
  8. ansehnlich1

    ansehnlich1 Minister of Fire

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    Oh yeah! I get what your sayin'

    I'd be out there even if it were just a wee bit of daylight left in the evening, yellin' to the wife... "just cuttin' one more round honey, be in in a minute"!
  9. Sophie

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    I have the same question - does wood dry better covered with a tarp or exposed to the weather?

    This is wood that was cut and split this past summer to be burned next winter.

    Thanks.
  10. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa Minister of Fire

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    8 foot logs in the round with bark on it are not going to dry, tarped or not. Save the tarp for the splits.
  11. Gooserider

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    If you need it to dry, cut it to length, and get it off the ground. Splitting is less critical. Tarping won't make a big difference if in log length, top covering might help if stove length, but not a lot. Get it processed quickly come spring if it isn't off the ground, or you will start to get rot in the bottom logs.

    Gooserider
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