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Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by red oak, Jul 3, 2012.
Good Grief!...More power to you sir Hope I can do that when I am that young!
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No Stove! You've made my day. That really got me laughing. I'm still laughing. You'll love the Fireview, though, when you get it, and you're going to have great wood to burn in it. Good luck...you certainly deserve it with all the effort you've put into the project.
Yep walnut is some good wood. One year in good condition for seasoning should give you great results. Beside love the smell of splitting that stuff....
Burning my first batch of walnut now. Delightful wood!
Nice to see there are others that did the same thing I did. My first scrounge was a White Oak about 2.5 years ahead of the stove being in place. I had a solid 10 cords c/s/s by the time that stove burned its' first log. 3 years later and I have around 40 cords on the property. Beware, this could be you someday!
Mywaynow, What is that, a ten year supply for you? Do you cover any of it at any point? The stacks are so big and close together that I am gathering you don't have a problem with leaves falling on the stacks and getting compost on the stacks over the years? If I tried that at my place, I'd have good rich compost amongst the splits, and not too dry wood, at least near the top. Looking at the amount that some of you have split by hand, I am beginning to feel a bit incompetent.....I just manage to get far enough ahead to keep myself in dry firewood....
I have 2 15x30 tarps that are used. I have one tarp hanging over the leading edge of the pile where I take from so it is covering about 12 feet x 30. I have not put the other tarp on yet. The idea was to let the piles dry without a tarp for a couple seasons. I intend on tarping the other portion this fall. Whatever is left is more recently c/s/s and will be untarped for a while. All wood is being stacked on plastic pallets now, so there is good clearance off the ground. So far the oldest wood I am using now is perfect, right to the bottom layer. I have some leaves in that area, but it has not caused any issues. The wood I am using this year should be 3.5 years old. My consumption has been as high as 5.5 and as low as 3.5 per year.
I burned some black walnut last year. Two years is plenty of time as everyone else has said. There is nothing wrong with it at all. It is not as good as oak and hickory but its great to mix in.
Are you familiar with the term OCD?
That is hand split? My hand-split firewood is no where near that uniform. Lately, I've been settling for just halving anything under 8" diameter. If I can manage to pick it up with one hand, it goes on the stack. For a while, I was splitting everything much smaller, but I find smaller splits go up too fast in my stove. I can manage burn times much better with bigger splits and/or rounds.
Last month.Must be a lot straighter & knot free logs compared to the gnarly old stuff I normally am cutting/splitting....
My piles look just like yours. Still seems to burn okay.
I sold five huge black walnuts for $5000, the ones i sold you couldnt come close to putting your arms around. They left the tops and only took the trunks, so i had all kinds of firewood that was two years ago , it burns pretty hot too the biggest one measured 46 inches in diameter at the base
I know you heard it from others but do you have a pic of this tree???????????????? (Here is a little project done today from a splitt of bw)
IF ITS OVER 36 INCH IAM ON MY WAY.........
We've had stacks before which we did not cover and lots of leaf drop on the wood but it caused us no problems at all. I still prefer covering though.
Black Walnut is one of the prettiest woods youll find, I have some heart wood I just cant bring myself to burn, I think they would look good with some antlers mounted to them or some keys lol. This is a stump of one of the walnuts in the yard that were taken
Honest! All hand split. You can check my toolshed.
Of corse there is gnarly stuff that I simply cannot split. It gets the chainsaw, and winds up in the cookie box. See pic.
That purpleing in there is money!
I sold 4 of these and its 21x14x 3 inchs thick. You can hit that number with purple and life is good!
What kind of numbers would that fetch?
Walnut first and seconds can be as low as $5/bf, but when you have nice 14" wide x 3" thick slabs as clear as that, you're likely looking at closer to $15/bf = $52/lf.
Way to get the wood before the stove! I did the same thing, but I have never had firewood stacks as neat as yours. It is sort of a sad day when you finally start reducing the stacks instead of always adding to them.
By the way, some of my 3 year old walnut is losing its bark, some of it still has tight bark. Most of the three year old oak is losing its bark. I am sure that the time of the year when the wood was cut (or broken - most is storm damaged wood) has a lot to do with whether the bark comes off or not.
You can throw out the board foot numbers with those measurments. It is now guitar blanks all four sold between 225-300 bucks. A Piece! (It is tough hitting those numbers)
You got it. Once you get over 10" wide,2" thick & most any length you can pretty much name your own price.
Very good money in selling short thick & wide blocks & slabs for woodturning/bowl blanks,carving/sculpture.
Not around here! I've bought 12/4 and 16/4 walnut from local mills on a few occasions. It never broke the bank. Walnut is very plentiful in eastern PA. My yard is 80% walnut trees.
A local tree guy tells me he used to get over $200 at the mill for a large walnut tree, but now they turn most loads into firewood. There's just not enough demand right now.