Weird random clicking noise from small inside wood stack.

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Rickb

Minister of Fire
Oct 24, 2012
1,213
St.Louis
I have a small stack of wood I keep by my stove. This wood is ash and its been here since may, when I got my yearly delivery. For some reason starting last night there is a random clicking noise coming from it. Anyone got any ideas.... I thought I was going nuts till my wife confirmed it. lol
 

Rickb

Minister of Fire
Oct 24, 2012
1,213
St.Louis
its not a chirp. Its a click. never heard anything like it from even my outdoor stacks. lol..... And wife confirmed i was nuts and there was a clicking. she heard it last night after i went to bed.
 
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thisoldgoat

Member
Dec 26, 2017
97
Rice County MN
its not a chirp. Its a click. never heard anything like it from even my outdoor stacks. lol..... And wife confirmed i was nuts and there was a clicking. she heard it last night after i went to bed.
Does it sound like this?
 

Rickb

Minister of Fire
Oct 24, 2012
1,213
St.Louis
lmao no... this is just a random click every now and then.
 

SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
7,093
Downeast Maine
Probably some kind of wood/bark beetle. Maybe EAB since you said it was ash wood.
 

GrumpyDad

Minister of Fire
Feb 23, 2022
567
Champion, PA
I have a small stack of wood I keep by my stove. This wood is ash and its been here since may, when I got my yearly delivery. For some reason starting last night there is a random clicking noise coming from it. Anyone got any ideas.... I thought I was going nuts till my wife confirmed it. lol
Hmm - if you take out a kid walkie talkie do you hear all kinda odd whiny noises? Any crop circles recently near you? Any lights in the skies in major cities? Oh wait, that's the movie signs.
It's probably the emerald ash borer eating through the bark releasing the bark from the , whatever it is called.
 

bigealta

Minister of Fire
May 22, 2010
863
Utah & NJ
Yeah i've heard some "noises " in the wood i've brought in and put next to the stove. Some bug for sure. They get burned up pretty quickly though.
 

stoveliker

Minister of Fire
Nov 17, 2019
6,348
Long Island NY
Same here. A bit more "scratchy" than "clicking" but for sure bugs as it came from within the splits.
I did not try to eat them after they were roasted.
 

DonTee

Minister of Fire
Dec 1, 2021
675
Upstate NY
I’ve wondered how long the EAB can live after the tree is cut. You would think they would die after the wood starts to dry out.

The only noise I’ve heard from wood in my house was once there was a carpenter ant nest in the corner between the studs. This was right after the house was built, and the wood was still green though. The noise the ants made was a kind of scratching sound.
 

Rickb

Minister of Fire
Oct 24, 2012
1,213
St.Louis
Ok so I now think its coming from the small stack of hickory next to my normal ash. I bought a face cord for my smoker. I brought 10-15 pieces inside to see if it seasoned faster int he dryer but cooler AC as an experiment. I also caught some on my voice recorder. check it out.
 

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Simonkenton

Minister of Fire
Feb 27, 2014
2,240
Marshall NC
There ya go.
I was warning about hickory on another thread. My hickory was infested with bugs and the sticks were all covered in white powder, and weevils in the bark. I was scared to let the bugs have free rein in my log cabin, so would bring an arm load onto the porch. I only brought it in to the house one piece at a time and it went straight into the Jotul. PITA. And I had 4,000 pounds of hickory.

I know hickory has a great BTU rating but no more hickory for me.
 

DonTee

Minister of Fire
Dec 1, 2021
675
Upstate NY
It won’t let me listen to your recording for some reason. But regardless, if the wood is making noise I would put it outside. There’s some kind of bug in the wood.
 

qwee

Burning Hunk
Jan 17, 2013
237
Idaho
You are probably bringing some insect to life as the firewood heats up next to the stove. Maybe a larval or an adult stage. Maybe the clicking is a mating ritual - if so you probably have a single lonely adult insect searching for their significant other. Maybe bring in more sticks of Hickory so this true love can happen?