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Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by TTigano, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. TTigano

    TTigano Member

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    Lately have been noticing that I have had an awful large amount of black coals in the morning.... I figured my wood was seasoned enough as it was cut split and stacked for over a year single rows with plenty of sun and wind. Checked with moisture meter and some read 28% on a fresh split side!!... I am going to have to burn it as its all I have... Question is, I cleaned my glass last week and it is still absolutely spotless...... If the wood was " unseasoned " ..... I would figure I would b getting some black or discolorec glass.... I'm not even getting moisture or hissing from the wood...

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  2. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    The wood is partially seasoned. Not raw enough to blacken the glass, but with enough moisture to slow its burning. You are not getting the full heat potential out of the wood and seeing more coaling than desired as a result.

    What species wood is this?
  3. BobUrban

    BobUrban Minister of Fire

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    I have had some similar results and Dennis tells me my ash will burn more completely after 2-3 or more years CSS'd. With 3yrs of wood now and another 3-4 being CSS"d this winter I should be on pace to be 3yrs out on everything I burn in a year or two and circumvent the large coal issue. Just cannot have enough wood lying around waiting to be burned and Dennis is my wood burning hero. At 12-18 months on all my current wood I know it is dry and burning great - just not as great as it will in the future.
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  4. TTigano

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    Mix of oak and maple. I can't wait to see what 3yr CSS wood burns like...
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  5. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Oak needs 2 years to season. 3yr is sweet.
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    corey21 Minister of Fire

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    Sounds like your oak is half seasoned. But if that is all you have it will get you by.
  7. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Yup. 3 years is needed for most oak wood. We cut a dead pin oak a year ago last March so it is almost 2 years now since we cut that tree. I might add that approximately 10% of the tree was thrown out because it was too punky and another 10% or more was punky but we've burned some anyway. We are attempting to burn some of the harder wood of that tree and having fairly good luck. So, even though this tree was dead (standing), it still needed 2 years to dry and another year drying it should then burn great.


    Bob, thanks for your kind words, but a hero I am not.

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