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Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by ggans, Aug 15, 2010.

  1. ggans

    ggans New Member

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    Long story short I scored a whole Box Elder tree, It had a trunk four feet across. I made four truck loads to my house, after that the tree service dumped about ten yards of wood chips at my house and then loaded the rest of the wood in there truck and drove that over too.. Not bad for four hours of my time and ten bucks in gas..

    To boot there willing to drop a big pine, 20 inch trunk maybe 80 feet tall for $150 ..

    Question is how long should this wood dry?

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  2. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    LOL as long as it takes.....PIC's
  3. ggans

    ggans New Member

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    Whats so funny? I thought I did good,, no?
  4. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    LOL you done Great! post some pic's if you can?
  5. ggans

    ggans New Member

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    Ok I'll be right back.
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    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    The "how long will it take to dry" question will undoubtedly persist here forever. Nobody here can tell you the answer. Too many variables involved. What species of wood? Cut dead, or live? Seasoned in the round for a while before splitting? How small do you split it? How do you stack it? What are the conditions (wind, sun, shade, rain, humidity) where you stack it? All I know is that I don't put a piece of wood, regardless of species, into either of my stoves that hasn't seasoned split and stacked out in the open with full sun and wind exposure (in a high, dry desert climate) for at least two years. Git yerself a decent moisture meter and start takin' some readings and comparing what the meter sez to what you see, smell, and feel as you handle the wood. After a while, it'll all begin to become second nature to you in your particular situation. Rick
  7. ggans

    ggans New Member

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    Here are the pix, I have already used over half of the wood chips..

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  8. ggans

    ggans New Member

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    Part two...

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  9. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    Very Nice Score!
  10. ggans

    ggans New Member

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    Thanks, I wonder how much I'll get out of it..
  11. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

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    Nice score ggans, what are you doing with woodchips?

    zap
  12. ggans

    ggans New Member

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    Just using them as mulch for the time being...
  13. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    That dont look like Box elder?
  14. ggans

    ggans New Member

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    Really? I would not know I am new to this, It was heavy though..
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    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    Box elder has a red streak through it...
  16. ggans

    ggans New Member

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    This had a red streak through it, not all of it thou..
  17. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    I think you got norway maple.
  18. ggans

    ggans New Member

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    Is that better or worse?
  19. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    Little better..
  20. oldspark

    oldspark Guest

    If it is Norway maple it is a lot better than box elder.
  21. ggans

    ggans New Member

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    Ton of wood and mulch for 4 hours of my time and 10 bucks in gas,, I'll call it good..
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    SolarAndWood Minister of Fire

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    I'd call that better than good.
  23. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    LOL its darn sure not box elder! he has done much better than he first thought.......
  24. ggans

    ggans New Member

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    Once and awhile ya get lucky, I though I did good with the Elm..
  25. oldspark

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    You got a picture of any leaves, it still could be box elder (IMHO) but I agree with smoke it sort of looks like norway maple,

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