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Walnut and Mulberry-how long to season?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Badfish740, May 5, 2009.

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  1. Badfish740

    Badfish740 Minister of Fire

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    My boss is cutting down two Mulberrys and a Walnut this week and being the office wood hoarder it's all coming to my house. If I get it all split by the end of this month is there any chance it will be ready by February/March 2010?

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  2. Duetech

    Duetech Minister of Fire

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    Kind of depends on how the weather for drying is concerned, how big you split it and how you store it and what you burn it in. I have had both varieties though not much of the mulberry. If you have a lean-to type shed with good south and west exposure that prevents rain from getting on the wood, though it won't be at peak, 4" splits stacked well with lots of sun and wind should be ready by November for a wood stove. For a gasifier you want to get below 25% moisture content to get the best efficiency. Key here is the "peak efficiency" aspect. Some won't consider wood that is seasoned less than a year but if you are willing to work the wood you can expedite it some.
  3. KarlP

    KarlP Feeling the Heat

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    In my experience mulberry burns much better if given 18 months. It _will_ burn in your timeframe, but it would be better to give it another summer.
  4. Badfish740

    Badfish740 Minister of Fire

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    Gotcha-I think no matter what I'm going to find myself buying a cord or two of seasoned wood soon. I just don't have enough scrounged wood that will be ready in time.
  5. basswidow

    basswidow Minister of Fire

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    You can still scrounge dead wood that will be ready for this season to keep from having to buy wood and set aside what is still too green for another season.

    I think I have enough to get me through - but I can't stop. It's an addiction for sure. I am amazed at how easy it is to find and get good free wood. I can't wait to get out again this weekend.
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