Too kiln or not to kiln

Indianawood

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Nov 28, 2019
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Northern Indiana
This is going to be my stack that I burn next winter. It will be almost exclusively bitternut hickory and beech. It will be stacked by march and top covered. Will receive at least 6hrs of Northern Indiana sun. North/south which we get a lot of South wind in summer. Do i need to bother making a kiln for this?
Both woods seem to be quick to season

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mcdougy

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Apr 15, 2014
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It sounds pretty simple to do, and with that thought, I'm not sure why you wouldn't? For under 100$ you will have a way better chance of having great wood. Almost like a insurance plan . If you said that pile of wood was going to sit for 2 years, then thats much more debatable.
 
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Indianawood

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Nov 28, 2019
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Northern Indiana
It sounds pretty simple to do, and with that thought, I'm not sure why you wouldn't? For under 100$ you will have a way better chance of having great wood. Almost like a insurance plan . If you said that pile of wood was going to sit for 2 years, then thats much more debatable.
A 100 ($100)reasons, time, etc. Seems like it could be unnecessary work. Most charts i look at say 12 months for hickory and beech
 

RandyBoBandy

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Feb 25, 2015
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Whitmore lake, MI
It looks like you have some gigantic splits in that stack. I’m no expert but I would think the hickory split that big would not be ready by fall if you only air dry.
 
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mcdougy

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