4 free cords from neighbor's tree

iron

Minister of Fire
Sep 23, 2015
585
north of seattle
neighbors had a doug fir cut down yesterday. i watched the guys limb off the branches and when they were at a pause, poked my head in to see if the wood was spoken for. it wasn't. i ended up with 7 trailer loads (normally 1/3-1/2 cord) and then one of their truckloads (maybe 3-4 trailers worth). they helped me load and i helped them move stuff. brought their crew of three 4 beers and 2 kombuchas; those guys were busting ass.

tree was 52 years old. maybe 4ft DBH. luckily, some of the huge rounds that i first moved over (3ft diameter, too heavy to lift by myself) split after a few good blows with the x27. this one score will load me up entirely, and then some, for 2022.
 

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begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
82,971
South Puget Sound, WA
Good score. If you can split and stack some of it in a good location right away it will be ready to burn this winter.
 

iron

Minister of Fire
Sep 23, 2015
585
north of seattle
Good score. If you can split and stack some of it in a good location right away it will be ready to burn this winter.
2022 wood. shed, but not much airflow.
 

kennyp2339

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Feb 16, 2014
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Thanks not split and stacked?
 
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iron

Minister of Fire
Sep 23, 2015
585
north of seattle
i'm thinking it will be split and stacked 4 cords. that's been my rough estimate using my trailer for a gauge of what the final haul actually amounts to.

unfortunately, i think my shed will fill before i get it all split (1st world problem), so i won't know the final answer until a year from now when i split and stack the 2nd half of the pile!
 

Prof

Feeling the Heat
Oct 18, 2011
472
Western PA
Nice score for sure!
 

Simonkenton

Minister of Fire
Feb 27, 2014
1,659
Marshall NC
We don't have Doug Fir down here in Dixie. I just looked it up. 26.5 million BTU/cord. Good God that has to be some kind of nuclear powered pine tree I never heard of such a thing. What a haul!
 
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iron

Minister of Fire
Sep 23, 2015
585
north of seattle
best thing about (most) doug fir is that it splits straight and easy. i can do single hit on 30" rounds and get them apart. pine, on the other hand, is about 30 hits.
 

byQ

Minister of Fire
May 12, 2013
529
Idaho
At that size, you may only need one tree's worth of firewood per year. Doug fir is on my firewood to do list but I have to drive 100 miles for it here in Southern Idaho.
 

Highbeam

Minister of Fire
Dec 28, 2006
17,309
Mt. Rainier Foothills, WA
I just filled my shed with big Doug fir from a tree service guy too but I had to pay. You lucky dog! Same thing, will burn season after next to be sure it’s dry. They chip everything under 12”! Dbh into the 40s. I got logs but needed to cut from both sides with the 28” bar.
 

iron

Minister of Fire
Sep 23, 2015
585
north of seattle
all split. ended up a little over 3 cords, but i'm going to give away 1/2 a cord b/c i don't want to deal with all the knots.
 

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Simonkenton

Minister of Fire
Feb 27, 2014
1,659
Marshall NC
Douglas Fir. The pine tree that is very good firewood. I would like to try a truck load of it, but, I would have to drive 2,500 miles to get it.
That would not be cost-effective.
 

begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
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South Puget Sound, WA
I just filled my shed with big Doug fir from a tree service guy too but I had to pay. You lucky dog! Same thing, will burn season after next to be sure it’s dry. They chip everything under 12”! Dbh into the 40s. I got logs but needed to cut from both sides with the 28” bar.
I always went with 2 year seasoning on doug fir, until I got a moisture meter. That showed me that 2 yr split doug fir in the shed was only 1-2% drier than the 9 month old splits! Apparently 2yr dried stabilizes around 17%, maybe as a result of our damp winters. Now, if it is under 20% I will burn it. Our flue is always very clean so I have stopped trying to store several seasons worth of wood. Hardwoods, like madrona, wild cherry, maple are another case. They get 2 yrs seasoning.
 

Highbeam

Minister of Fire
Dec 28, 2006
17,309
Mt. Rainier Foothills, WA
I always went with 2 year seasoning on doug fir, until I got a moisture meter. That showed me that 2 yr split doug fir in the shed was only 1-2% drier than the 9 month old splits! Apparently 2yr dried stabilizes around 17%, maybe as a result of our damp winters. Now, if it is under 20% I will burn it. Our flue is always very clean so I have stopped trying to store several seasons worth of wood. Hardwoods, like madrona, wild cherry, maple are another case. They get 2 yrs seasoning.
If I could guarantee always having one full summer split and stacked in the sun I would be fine with 1 year Doug fir but there are more reasons to keep several year’s supply of fuel on hand. I like knowing that I can take a year off for some reason and still be warm. I like knowing that if the winter is extra hard I can get into next year’s wood. Also, unlike other parts of the country we don’t work firewood in the muddy, dark, wet winter so even my 2 year old wood has been seasoned just two summers.

I’m also a little unsure about stacking green wood into a shed. A 10x10x 7 cube of wood. I hope it dries properly!

I can get 14% on my fir but anything under 20 is ready.
 

iron

Minister of Fire
Sep 23, 2015
585
north of seattle
my outdoor stacking used to occupy 1/2 of my yard and stacks would fall over and the plastic covering would shred. pretty sure i'll take covered cubes of wood for 2 years and call it good :)