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Itslay90

Feeling the Heat
Dec 16, 2022
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Upstate,NY
When do you usually order your firewood, do you get it in the spring, so you can have it dry and ready for the winter? Or do you order your firewood in fall, or winter so you can burn it ?
 
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When do you usually order your firewood, do you get it in the spring, so you can have it dry and ready for the winter? Or do you order your firewood in fall, or winter so you can burn it ?
If you are ordering wood now it most likely won't be ready to burn in the fall unless it's soft wood or you find the extremely rare guy who actually sells seasoned wood. You should be buying a minimum of a year ahead of time usually 2 years.
 
Always buy at least a year in advance. “Seasoned” wood is NEVER dry. I don’t care who is selling it. Most people like to be 3 years ahead, that way anything green they get has at least that long to dry out properly
 
When do you usually order your firewood, do you get it in the spring, so you can have it dry and ready for the winter? Or do you order your firewood in fall, or winter so you can burn it ?
Before I became educated in this, I would order late fall and burn whatever I got in the fireplace. Wife would wonder why large splits of oak were just sizzling and not producing flames well. :)
 
“Seasoned” wood is NEVER dry. I don’t care who is selling it. Most people like to be 3 years ahead, that way anything green they get has at least that long to dry out properly

I beg to differ. I sell properly dried "seasoned" wood. The stuff I sold this winter was c/s/s in 2016. :)
 
if you have the space order twice what u burn in a season stack it and let it dry not for next winter but the one after order some compressed logs to cover next winter then you'll be ahead, kind of expensive first year but you will have your dry wood rotation set
 
Do you have a reputable firewood seller like @JRHAWK9 with already seasoned wood? Or are you buying from the guy that sells wood that he says is seasoned? Big difference in when to order. Personally I have to order myself to cut split and stack wood for 3 years from now in the next week or 2.
 
Do you have a reputable firewood seller like @JRHAWK9 with already seasoned wood?

For the record, I don't really consider myself a seller of firewood.....just a user that sometimes needs to sell off excess in order to be able to make room for the results of my winter exercise program. ;lol
 
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I order mine anywhere from now to June and burn it the winter AFTER the upcoming one.
 
I beg to differ. I sell properly dried "seasoned" wood. The stuff I sold this winter was c/s/s in 2016. :)
You are an exception and a credit to the trade. Most sellers start counting the "seasoning time" from when the tree was felled. It doesn't really start to season until split and stacked.
 
Probably the smart thing to do is purchase the wood and split open a piece and check the moisture content on the freshly split face with the pins going with the grain.. This will give you an idea of when it will be ready.. If your looking to burn this wood starting this fall Id check the MC and if its high kiln dry it so its ready.. you can purchase the wood now, stack it, then wrap it the first week in July and it will be fully seasoned by September..
 
For me the past few yrs been ordering usually from june to aug/sept then i just split it and toss it into a big pile and start to stack it when i have a place to stack it im usually a yr and a half ahead
 
I order wood every spring to replace the wood I burned over the winter, but I don't burn it until 2-3 years later.
This is what I just did. Have 4 cords now. Will get another by the summer. The wood I’m getting now is for 3 years out. Like 3 year rotation.
 
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I beg to differ. I sell properly dried "seasoned" wood. The stuff I sold this winter was c/s/s in 2016. :)
You are exceptional. This is not the case in my area at all. Your customers are very fortunate. You provide a rare commodity. 👍
 
My experience is freshly split hardwood does best after at least two summers split and stacked. That’s not always possible, but it’s the ideal drying times for me.

So keep that in mind when ordering firewood. Most likely the wood your having delivered was cut and split a few weeks or at best months before it arrives in your driveway.
 
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