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How long does poplar take to season?

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  1. James Miller

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    PXL_20221123_220208905.jpg Ive got some poplar logs from when Jason came over to show me how to use an Alaskan mill. Needless to say I never got a mill so now I'm cutting them to sell to a guy at work for campfire wood. Never used poplar so not sure how long it needs to sit.
     
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    Tulip poplar like that for me dried in about 4 months, during the summer. That should definitely be ready to burn by fall.
     
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    I’ve had acceptable fire pit wood at 6-9 months, but CSS’d for stove minimum year.
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  4. buzz-saw

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    That is nice clean looking wood. Not sure on time but it looks too nice to burn.
     
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    You should definitely add that species to your milling bucket list. For burning it’s fine too, but it’s equally nice to admire in board form. The core is always green, and a lot of time has purple streaks through it.
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    I have a couple large tulip poplars in my backyard, and if they ever come down I’d have the large straight trunk sections milled.
     
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    I would love to mill some. I have done wood projects with some. It had a greenish sort of center. It came fro a big box store.
    on my list for sure to mill.
     
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    You are close. If you ever get any you want to mill please reach out. I’ll hook you up.
     
  8. Biddleman

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    I'm burning some tulip poplar right now, mixed in with some black cherry. Not an ideal wood alone but great for mixing in SS and throughout winter. Just my opinion. I think the stuff has been stacked for 2 years but it was probably ready in 6 months.
     
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    There's 4 more logs cut to 8.5 feet that I didn't cut yet. I don't want them to sit in the woods and rot so firewood they become.
     
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    Tulip poplar dries fast. No more than a year, as stated above for a stove. I like burning it, lights easy on a coal bed. Decent wood
     
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    Takes basically a year for a wood stove at least. If your just trying to burn in a campfire. Maybe a month or three especially in summer and it will burn fine some hiss but will burn itself up.
     
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    Those who don't know many paint grade trims are poplar. It's a very "soft" hardwood. It mills easy and is mostly knot free. It self prunes well and doesn't have the knots. Grows tall and straight. So whatever you have in mind for it remember it will dent real easy.
     
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    How long does poplar take to season?

    9 months
     
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    What clemsonfor said….In the millwork business it was great for making moldings as it takes paint very well and doesn’t need much surface prep. Much like ponderosa pine. When the blanks are hand selected it stains up nicely too!

    PS We like to have some poplar on hand also to mix with Oak and other hardwoods in our wood stove. Our tree guy friend can’t believe we like to burn it
     
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    Fast drying as Eric Stated. I had a big score one December and it was good by the Fall. Not in an ideal spot either. Wish i had more despite the low btu's. Referring to tulip (yellow) poplar.
     
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    I use to cut it for my grandmother a good bit. Cause like said seasons fast and it spits fairly easy! I don't cut myself much, usually target higher BTU stuff since it takes just as much energy to get it as the other.
     
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    I made my fone stand out of poplar because of the color.:yes:
    The purple and green turned brown now, but it's still a pretty wood
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