How Many Cords On Your Property?

BIGChrisNH

Feeling the Heat
Dec 16, 2015
380
New Hampshire
Just curious how many of you can really build up a good supply. It's good to be several years ahead, and it has taken me several years to get there. I have 1.25 acres, and I currently have approximately 16 cords neatly stacked and covered, 4 of which are marked for this coming year, 4 for the year after that, and so on. The 4 for this coming winter are 2 years old. My stacks serve two purposes, seasoning as well as privacy fences as they are all 5 feet high (approximately).
 

Ashful

Minister of Fire
Mar 7, 2012
15,031
Philadelphia
Just curious how many of you can really build up a good supply. It's good to be several years ahead, and it has taken me several years to get there. I have 1.25 acres, and I currently have approximately 16 cords neatly stacked and covered, 4 of which are marked for this coming year, 4 for the year after that, and so on. The 4 for this coming winter are 2 years old. My stacks serve two purposes, seasoning as well as privacy fences as they are all 5 feet high (approximately).
I usually try to keep 30 cords split and stacked, and at least another few (3 - 6 cords) of logs or rounds ready to be split. However, we have had record high rainfall the last two years, making it all but impossible to work on my wood lot without making a serious mess, so I’m down to maybe 16 cords split and stacked right now. Working on building that back up.

I am on a larger (4 acre) lot in a lower-density suburban (>1000 persons/mi2) area.
 
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Dataman

Minister of Fire
Sep 10, 2018
577
Newport, Wa
When I got out of Wood Burning (Went Pellet May 2018) I had 10 cords stacked and ready to go. Have about 1 cord drying from trees that came down in Fall/Winter/Spring. Going to be a groan to make them into little pellets.
 

Highbeam

Minister of Fire
Dec 28, 2006
16,360
Mt. Rainier Foothills, WA
On my mostly treeless suburban lot, I have just more than enough fuel for two years of full time burning. 10-11 cords in a shed. That's about all I want to keep on hand. I am starting to believe that wood can be too dry.
 

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Dobish

Minister of Fire
Oct 26, 2015
1,990
Golden CO
i am a .5 acre lot, with roughly 10 cord CSS. I have another couple scattered around that I need to get around to splitting. Hopefully soon! We burn through roughly 3 per year.
 

BIGChrisNH

Feeling the Heat
Dec 16, 2015
380
New Hampshire
10 cords on a half acre is pretty good!
 

Ashful

Minister of Fire
Mar 7, 2012
15,031
Philadelphia
On my mostly treeless suburban lot, I have just more than enough fuel for two years of full time burning. 10-11 cords in a shed. That's about all I want to keep on hand. I am starting to believe that wood can be too dry.
Hey Highbeam, do you stack into that shed right off the splitter, or are you stacking in open rows and then moving (again) to the shed after it’s already dry?
 

Highbeam

Minister of Fire
Dec 28, 2006
16,360
Mt. Rainier Foothills, WA
Hey Highbeam, do you stack into that shed right off the splitter, or are you stacking in open rows and then moving (again) to the shed after it’s already dry?
Good question. I split and throw into a pile and then load it into the shed. All within a few days so the wood going into the shed is relatively unseasoned.

If I can guess what you're thinking, it's that the wood in the shed won't be able to dry as quickly as if it were spread out in the open one layer thick on asphalt in the sun and wind. I think you're right but I also will leave this wood in the shed for double the normal drying time.

I sure hope it dries enough. I have as much ventilation built into the shed as possible. There are a few inches between rows and of course plenty of ventilation on top with a generous overhang.

Oh and in the photo, the first row is well seasoned wood used to top off the shed. I wanted the greenest wood to be in the back so I had to pull this wood out and start filling with green.

I have a couple of moisture meters to check this winter. It's my second winter working out of a shed. The top covering does not work well enough in my rainy climate.
 
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kvesi122

New Member
Nov 20, 2018
28
Worcester County Mass
I have about 12 cords cut and split, 5 of which are stacked in two rows on pallets between trees. Still working in the back of the lot on some trees down on the neighbors lot (with permission). 1.6 acres.
 

thewoodlands

Minister of Fire
Aug 25, 2009
12,332
Foothills of The Adirondacks
Just curious how many of you can really build up a good supply. It's good to be several years ahead, and it has taken me several years to get there. I have 1.25 acres, and I currently have approximately 16 cords neatly stacked and covered, 4 of which are marked for this coming year, 4 for the year after that, and so on. The 4 for this coming winter are 2 years old. My stacks serve two purposes, seasoning as well as privacy fences as they are all 5 feet high (approximately).
We have 142 acres so we have 50 - 52 face cord up but I'm hoping for another 10-12 face cord before the first snow hits.

EAB is in our county so this spring I felled 10 or 11 ash with more coming down this fall.

For our shoulder season wood, we have just under 12 face cord stacked, so we have a total of 62-64 up.
 

Rob711

Burning Hunk
Oct 19, 2017
205
Long Island, ny
About 8 cords on .5 acre. Probably half cord waiting to split. All oak and maple
 

Jan Pijpelink

Minister of Fire
Jan 2, 2015
1,646
South Jersey
About 4 cord CSS on 1/3 acre. Need more wood.
 

BIGChrisNH

Feeling the Heat
Dec 16, 2015
380
New Hampshire
We have 142 acres so we have 50 - 52 face cord up but I'm hoping for another 10-12 face cord before the first snow hits.

EAB is in our county so this spring I felled 10 or 11 ash with more coming down this fall.

For our shoulder season wood, we have just under 12 face cord stacked, so we have a total of 62-64 up.
Wow, that much land is fantastic. You would never see a lot that size up here
 

EODMSgt

Member
Dec 11, 2018
153
White Mountain Region, NH
About 8 cord (so far) on 5 acres. All hardwood. The average used was around 4 cord until last winter when I used close to 8. Hope to have between 12-16 CSS by the time the snow flies.
 

BIGChrisNH

Feeling the Heat
Dec 16, 2015
380
New Hampshire
That’s a good supply. I love knowing we can burn as much as we want to over the next couple years
 

Woody5506

Minister of Fire
Feb 14, 2017
709
Rochester NY
I have 10 or 11 cords split/stacked on my 3/4 acre suburban lot which is about 3 years worth for us.
 

Dobish

Minister of Fire
Oct 26, 2015
1,990
Golden CO

Bushels20

Feeling the Heat
May 20, 2018
382
OH
We are on a .5 acre wooded lot in the suburbs. 2 years worth c/s/s. 8 cords. 4 cords a year. I make an “L” with it to create an area where I can cut and split and keep it all contained given I am in a neighborhood.
 

BIGChrisNH

Feeling the Heat
Dec 16, 2015
380
New Hampshire
We all do what we can don’t we? That much on .5 is pretty darn good. Some of my neighbors have walked by and jokingly/not jokingly said “you got enough wood?” My response has been “not yet”.
 

steve62

Member
Nov 15, 2010
18
Northern B.C. Canada
I have 300 acres, no firewood cut yet. But lots of dead standing pine, easy to cut and split a couple cords a day. I was just reading this thread thinking I better get started lol.