Discussion in 'The Wood Pile' started by Pricey106, Dec 11, 2019.
Like the way you think....twice. that is satisfying somehow....
At around 10 cord a year I don't discriminate, it all gets burnt and with the forced air in the OWB I actually think a load of small chunks burns hotter then a load of splits. Plus I'm short and ugly and I like some loving so why pick on the firewood like that
We built a pallet shed for S&U.
In cold weather we use shorts north/south to "stove tetris" the wood stove at night.
We also have a friend who only burns shorts in his teeny wood stove.
This year, we started dropping the shorts and uglies between the 16" rows on the pallets.
But the rest are in the shed for who ever needs some along the way....betting we have a cord of those handy.
Don’t odd crotch pieces have more btus because the wood is more dense?
either way, i get satisfaction out of burning the uglies. Feels like you’re cleaning up AND you have a nice fire
I’m convinced that’s the case, although I don’t have any science to back it up. I don’t mind saving all the shorts and curly grain crotch sections for this reason.
Ive noticed how much heavier the dried, noodled chunks of gnarly trunk wood are but havent really observed the heat they put out. Future thread for Eric Schamell maybe?
I think the really knotted/gnarly/crotch rounds last a lot longer then a nice looking straight grain split. But as said above, I have nothing to back that up, but what I have left between reloads.
I don't know about the BTU's, but I do know they burn for a longer time, makes really nice coals...
Looking back at your picture reminded me of cages we used to build for disposing of confiscated illegal 1.4 fireworks. I usually make pallet bins for uglies/shorts however I may try to make something like this for the heck of it for smaller chunks/nuggets/cookies. Basically the same thing as yours but in a rectangular fashion. We had a door cut in the side that was wire-tied shut for access (the tops on the examples in the photos were folded down and sealed shut because of the disposal operation...obviously for firewood storage the top can stay open).
I toss the small or odd pieces on the top of the wood stacks. They get burned along with everything else. I see videos of people splitting and stacking on YouTube and it seems like they only deal with the main trunks of trees. I take everything down to 3 or 4 inches. It all burns. Am I wasting my time?
I take everything down to about 2 inches. The small stuff can be used for kindling. If I have to move the brush I might go even a little smaller. If I have to move it I might as well take it.
No, you're not wasting your time. Go back to the first page of this thread, last post, and see what we keep...
If you’re selling firewood you probably end up with lots of short pieces and chunks. You burn that yourself and sell the rest. Especially if you have an OWB.
(Which I don’t do because I don’t have an OWB but that’s what I’d do)
Burning them now, have been for the past couple weeks.
Have to say that some of the uglier chunckie" pieces work great for the small stove we have. Burn hot and easy to load in the stove; just open the door and toss a couple in. No need to worry about the longer pieces fitting in.
Storage would be the only complaint but did make a couple cages I can pile them in so don't have to worry about stacking. Fill the cage, bring it up by the house and just work out of the cage. No extra stacking or handling.
Actually, kind of like them.
They did look really nice and simple. Piece of cake with the tractor too.
When i harvest an entire tree ill do the same. If its a roadside score and im pressed for time, ill leave them and take the primo straight grained wood first.
My former supervisor used to bring me pieces that didn't fit nicely in his wood stacks. I asked if he thought Better Homes and Wood Piles would be coming to take pictures and do a story.
I do have to be careful, the cage I did that is 4x4x4 if I fill it to the top it is a little heavy for the tractor to move. 3/4 full is OK ; but to the top the back wheels are off the ground.
Otherwise good , easy storage for sure , just toss em" in.
I make a nice counterweight the next time you move one!