My BIL and nephew scored a bunch. Live trees, I suppose there's no way it can dry in a year..? They are splitting pretty small, 4" or less, and stacking in single-row racks with top-covers. Indiana..ain't exactly low humidity here.
I can always give them some of my dry stash if it comes to that, but I'd rather not have to move that wood yet again.No experience with sweetgum, but the elm I’ve got was seasoned for two years, it’ll be going in the stove this winter. It’s in the low 20% moisture range. I can’t imagine getting it there in a year, but maybe with small splits and single rows you could. Check out some of the solar kiln threads here if quick drying is a necessity.
Invite her along next time you are doing some woodwork.I hear you there. I got an in law that asks me for dry wood, I just say no haha. She has no idea the work it takes
Hmmm, sounds like there may be a chance for the Gum in a year then. It's humid here but our particular location gets a bit more wind than in town..Gum takes me a year to season properly, it would burn after being split in April and stacked in the hot sun for a summer but it was best left for a year in the stack.
Sounds like they may well get away with burning it next year. They are splitting small, and will be burning this downstairs in an old VC Resolute. They burn it pretty hot to try to keep the plume cleaner.It is a tough wood to split. My experience is one year is good two is better for drying. Burns hot and relatively quickly.
The rounds look like it may have been a woods tree..I didn't see a lot of branches. Maybe it won't be too bad, given they are using hydraulics. I'm just glad they are scrounging some of their own wood..I got my hands full with my other two SILs in addition to keeping up with our own stove.I usually buck them at about 12” then split with the maul and a wedge or two. It’s a tough customer. I probably will not ever drop another gum intentionally. Too much work for a ho hum burning wood.
That's good to hear. I have some dead Elm from a tree-man score, bark mostly gone. I'm trying to get my SILs set up for next season, but I'm thinking that the dead-standing White Ash in post #14 above, maybe the windward row might get dry enough, and that's only a cord. In addition to the Elm I also have some Silver Maple that I'm sure will be ready.I routinely dry elm in one season if it was standing dead without it's bark. I am burning stuff now that I cut last winter, CSS early this spring in a good location with full sun and wind. It is very dry.