Question about seasoning

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CTBurner

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Aug 4, 2008
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SE CT
I searched the forum, but did not find answer, So here it is, I am cutting green wood down for next year maybe 7 0r 8 cords, To season best I know to split and stack outside but I am thinking about putting down pallets in a large square, I have as many as I need, and then piling splits up like a pyramid by tossing in a pile. most of wood is oak , all is hardwood. which method is best for seasoning.
 

brooktrout

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Dec 23, 2007
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Hamden, NY
I stacked ten cords this year, all on pallets. Mine are in rows, with a few inches of space between each row. It's good to keep the wood off the ground. The wood will season in a pyramid, albeit much more slowly. And oak, jeez, that'll take years just piled up like that. Stacking doesn't take much time- it goes faster than you'd think. worth the effort, in my opinion. Though there are plenty of people who just pile it up...
 

Tfin

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Jul 24, 2007
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Central Maine
The best method for seasoning any wood is to cut, split and stack it off the ground. Preferably in a sunny and well ventalated area.
 

Jim in CT

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Jun 24, 2008
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southern CT
I haven't tried it, but years ago someone told me about what he called "super-heating" his wood.
He said to stack up the wood on pallets, and wrap it up with clear plastic and stick a piece of pVC pipe thru the plastic at the top horizontally so the hot air could escape but rain couldn't get in.
Think Ill do one that way and one just stacked up and compare them in a year.
Will it get moldy in there?
 

Scrounger

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Feb 13, 2007
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Rockford, MI
Jim in CT said:
Will it get moldy in there?
I have had fungus and other stuff grow on a single row of wood stacked on a pallet. There is alot of moisture coming out of freshly cut and split wood. I think it will get moldy if you wrap it.
 

tkirk22

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Nov 20, 2007
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VA Mountains
Jim in CT said:
I haven't tried it, but years ago someone told me about what he called "super-heating" his wood.
He said to stack up the wood on pallets, and wrap it up with clear plastic and stick a piece of pVC pipe thru the plastic at the top horizontally so the hot air could escape but rain couldn't get in.
Think Ill do one that way and one just stacked up and compare them in a year.
Will it get moldy in there?
Something similar has been tried:
http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/pubs/pnw_rn450.pdf

Maybe there's a better way:
http://www.builditsolar.com/Projects/WoodDrying/wood_kiln.htm
 
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