Hardwood ends, $0.65 per cubic foot? And what is weight per cubic foot of hardwoods?

BrianK Posted By BrianK, Feb 28, 2012 at 8:44 PM

  1. BrianK

    Guest 2.


    I just split several of these oak blocks and checked them with a MM ("General" brand from Lowes) and a small minority of lighter blocks had a moisture content just under 20%. The majority are in the mid 20s with several of the heaviest blocks at 26-28%.

    Just to test them out, I threw several random blocks in the Fireview on a large bed of hot coals (I'm burning a mix of kiln dried oak ends and 1 1/2 year seasoned Ash) with a stove top temp of 400. Man, did they ever light up and heat up nice! In 30-40 minutes stove top temp was at 600. I'm running out of the seasoned ash, and the four cords of mixed cherry, maple, ash and locust I managed to C/S/S this summer is averaging low to mid 20s on the MM.

    If oak with MC in the mid 20s burns this nice and hot, I can't wait to have some seasoned oak in the stacks.

    Anything wrong with standing these up around the stove to dry a bit if I rotate them and don't leave them there too long? Anything wrong with burning any of this now, given an average MC of low to mid 20s?

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  2. bogydave

    Minister of Fire 2.

    Dec 4, 2009
    So Cent ALASKA
    Not knowing how accurate the MM is,
    your burn test may be the best thing to answer your question.

    If it burns OK, then 'd say it's ready to go.
    Just think how well it's gonna burn next year if it is the teens moisture.
    If you can wait, I would :)

    Check the chimney in a month, clean if needed , it will give you some good feedback ;)

    Stack them up around the stove for fun. Not going to be a great reduction of MC in the center over a few days there, few weeks would help though.
  3. BrianK

    Guest 2.

    I stacked these 9 months ago now, so they have seasoned a bit, and they're not large pieces. They seem to be burning surprisingly well, no hissing.

    I had the chimney professionally done for the first time last month. They got 1 to 2 quarts of dry flaky creosote out of it, said it wasn't bad at all. Now that I've seen it done, I'm going to pick up the brush set and do it in early January.

    Ok, thanks.
  4. blades

    Minister of Fire 2.

    Nov 23, 2008
    WI, Milw
    Stacking like you are I would add stickers ( thing cut strips between the rows) to aid drying air flow cut smooth like that nothing can get between the tops and bottoms of each row. Cross stacking would be another way but eats a ton space which looks to be at a premium for you.
  5. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage
    Minister of Fire 2.

    Feb 14, 2007
    Definitely the biggest problem with these is the stacking. I would also split them before stacking just so they would dry better and quicker. We have a neighbor that burns blocks like this and does well with them.
  6. Realstone

    Lord of Fire 2.

    Jan 20, 2012
    Southern ON
    Thanks for the heads up. I will be de-stacking my D4S hardwood stack.
  7. bag of hammers

    bag of hammers
    Minister of Fire 2.

    Jan 7, 2010
    Northern ON
    Brian thanks for updating the thread. Nice to see these blocks are burning well. Realstone, hope your stack is ok - definitely worth double checking. If I pick up these blocks now they'll just get tossed in a pile, or I mix a bunch in with the other stacks.

    FWIW last winter I brought 30 or so nice dry pieces inside to weigh down some pine t&g ceiling boards that I had stacked to acclimate (wouldn't be able to install the t&g for a while it turned out). Just burning these blocks up now and they make a crazy nice fire.
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  8. gerry100

    Minister of Fire 2.

    May 16, 2008
    NY Capitol Region
    great wood at a great price but..

    too many flat surfaces that lie on each other, little or no drying where it's touching.

    I'd leave it in a pile.

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