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.
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.
My experience is one year is good two is better for drying.
I figured the Sweetgum was a live tree like the other stuff in the score, where my nephew's work buddy was clearing trees from an area. If it was a live tree, maybe Sweetgum has a lower starting moisture than a lot of other woods. Or it just dries faster, somehow.I've also burned sweet gum. Hard to split. Dries in a year. Is very light when really dry and burns clean.
They finally got the rest of the round pile split and stacked last week. Problem is, they mixed the wood with Red Elm, River Birch, White Ash and Oak, and it's three rows deep on pallets. The other wood didn't test anywhere close to dry..that Red Elm was heavy as hell. And there's no way they are gonna pick through that stack and get the dry Sweetgum out to burn this fall. Oh, well. Plan "B" is to get them some Tulip Poplar from a storm-damaged tree I have here. They might have to load the stove more often, but my BIL is retired and is there to do it..That's what I'm hoping for. I told him, "Dude, you need to get the rest of that split and stacked!"