Worth the work?

kversch Posted By kversch, Jan 12, 2016 at 11:21 PM

  1. kversch

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    Cutdown some stone dead barkless austrian pine at work today. Was it worth getting or a waist of time? What are the chances that standing dead with no bark that this stuff will be dry enough to burn right now??
     
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  2. BIGDADDY

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    It must have been worth it, you got it. It looks like it will burn. Maybe you check the moisture content. Wait a year if you can I'd say.
     
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  3. Seanm

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    Looks like it was killed by a pine beetle and may very well be ready to burn now. Some of the members like myself and @Lumber-Jack will harvest standing dead pine that is ready to burn right off the stump. I've found that some of the rounds closest to the butt will be a bit off but the rest may very well be near or below 20% mc. I would say thats a great score. Get yourself a moisture meter and check a room temperature round that is freshly split. With this being a standing barkless tree I would say keep it off the ground and out of the rain. Once laying horizontal it will start sucking up any moisture you expose it to. Good job!
     
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  4. Mag Craft

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    Yep it looks like beetle kill to me also. I go up to the mountains and cut standing dead every year for firewood. I usually get about 2 1/2 cord and burn it come winter. I bet it will be dry enough but like everyone else has mentioned use a moisture meter to verify the moisture content or as they say, the MC.
     
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  5. BIGDADDY

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    Yep forgot to mention looks like it was cut with a stihl.
     
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  6. Oldman47

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    Even if cut with a Stihl, it might still burn.
     
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  7. kversch

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    Split a couple rounds that I brought in last night to check the moisture reading. Got readings 20-22. So this should be ok to burn right? Or would I be better to let it sit stacked and season. I just don't want to gum up my chimney.

    I was hoping to mix this in with some hard wood I have that's not quite at 20% yet.
     
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  8. Seanm

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    It kind of depends on whether you need it this season or not. If you need to burn it I would say its likely ok. If I had pine that was 22% mc I would re stack it for next winter but I have lots to chose from in my stacks. Mixing it would be a good option. I've had folks roll their eyes at me here when I say this but the readings on your moisture meter are not likely completely accurate and a calibration for pine (and some other woods) should be considered, so at a reading of 22% on your mm your actual moisture content is likely a bit higher. 20% I would roll with it because its close enough.
     
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  9. Pennsyltucky Chris

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    I wouldn't doubt you could burn it now. The logs are nice and straight. Should be an easy process.
     
  10. HisTreeNut

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    Nice score!
     
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  11. Mag Craft

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    I would split it and let it season until next year if you do not need it. By then it should be down to 15 to 18%.
     
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    I say burn some and let us know...........
     
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  13. heavy hammer

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    Burn now if you can if to wet always next year it's free wood always a good find.
     
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    Sometimes dead standing dries out pretty darn quick once split and stacked.
     
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    I don't think pines are normally killed by beetles here the way they are out west, and standing trees don't dry out as well here as they do out west. Still, I think those pines are ready to burn if they are at 20%
     
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    I wonder about this to @Wood Duck but with the blueish rings on those ends its classic pine beetle. Maybe other bugs cause the same discoloration?
     
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    Yep, looks like the thousands of hectares of beetle killed pine we have around here. The blue ring is very predominant!
     
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    C/S/S and leave it for a year. Good stuff..
     
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  20. kversch

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    Yeah it tends to be a needle blight that kills them around here. But I have seen beetle kill to.

    We take a lot of Austrian pine down b/c of this. Neighborhoods and developments that planted them back in the 70's and 80's. Wince its in one tree it seems to run wild from tree to tree.

    I brought a couple rounds inside to warm up to Split and chech the moisture readings. I came out with 24/25%. I guess I should just stack it up and sit on it till next fall.
     
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    Oldman is looking to start a fight! :)
     
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