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Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by clearblue16, Mar 28, 2009.

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  1. clearblue16

    clearblue16 New Member

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    Hello all...I have a wood cube(well not quite aperfect cube). It is green split wood and it is 12' by 8' by 6'....about 4.5 cords in one big solid block.....my question is about seasoning....the top is covered and the sides exposed....is the wood in the middle going to have trouble seasoning? I have limited yard space so this shape works well....anyone have experience with this? Thanks

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  2. myzamboni

    myzamboni Minister of Fire

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    Do you get a good breeze blowing against the 'cube'? Also, for the summer months just uncover the whole thing to help the sun hit the middle.
  3. clearblue16

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    there is a good breeze and the cover is just the top and the top 1' of the sides....I plan on taking the tarp off, but the center of the cube is my concern but since it is split I am hoping it will season and not rot....it is all soft wood....fir, cedar, pine
  4. madrone

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    Airflow. Are the layers criss-crossed, or packed tight? The tarp will help keep the rain out, but there's already a lot of water in your monoxylos. I get lots of mold on my wood pile, but not rot, but I try not to pack too tight, and not more than 3 rows deep with a little gap between each row. My guess is that you'll be fine even if it's packed a little tight, especially if you uncover for July-August-September.
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    I think I'd try to keep it uncovered anytime you think you'll have reasonably dry weather. Water vapor will tend to rise, being lighter than air. The cover might interfere with the rising of the water vapor, trapping it in the stack. Im most of the US I think you'd be better off leaving it uncovered even in the winter, but maybe in Seattle its a different situation.
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    mainstation Feeling the Heat

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    I am in a similiar position because some of my hardwood is scrounged from a local sawmill where I did a deal for some 4" X 6" and 3" X 5" blocks. I plan on just piling them on a pallet and reconstructing a huge Jenga puzzle. Airflow is definitely the key in wood seasoning.
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    Clearblue, if you plan on burning this next winter I'd seriously consider making two stacks out of that wood which will help in seasoning.

    I usually say to leave that stack uncovered until late fall or early winter but I hear your area gets days and days on end of rain. If so, then perhaps it is best to cover the top.
  8. Backwoods Savage

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    Clearblue, we are 7 years ahead on our wood pile. Rotting is the least of my worries. I've never had wood rot in a pile as long as the top is covered. I just leave it uncovered that first summer and fall and then do not uncover until I need the wood to burn.
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    drdoct Feeling the Heat

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    Clearblue, I'd like to see a picture of this cube. Just curious.
  10. clearblue16

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    so the front width is 8 feet, the depth is 12 feet and the height is 6 feet...typical 39 degree rain and wind day out here! it does get wind where it is and the sides stay dry for the most part unless it is driving rain.....the split wood piled on the side is going to go somewhere else.....all that will remain is the cube....if i clean up the rest of the yard i don't think anybody will even notice it on our summer b-que days! thats what i tell the wife

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    myzamboni Minister of Fire

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    It looks to be stacked kind of tight. Hope for a sunny, windy summer.

    You could always buy some lattice to make a movable screen for those BBQs.
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    Looks like young doug fir mostly? Fir seasons fast. Maybe work your way around the outside as you unbuild your cube next winter, and give the inner layers some seasoning time.
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