Split and stacked another row

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  1. Haftacut

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    18F2FDBB-6C7C-45A1-876B-C9B921DE8218.jpeg 051C5998-E72D-4426-9BEE-B026ED3CDEB0.jpeg Had some time this afternoon to split and stack another 10x5 row. Mix of beech, red oak, and maple. Man that beech can take a lot of beating before it splits!
     
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    I had a number of beech logs, three years ago. I agree. It was a difficult wood to hand split. I got through them, but, no pain no gain. Not stringy. Not knotty. Just hard, dense wood to split. I recall needing to break my splitting wedges and sledge.

    Three years later, it burns like a charm. And it retains feeling heavy.

    I'd like more of it, if I could get it.
     
  3. Haftacut

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    Your description is spot on! Seems like the stuff without knots splits like other varieties of wood does with knots and the beech with knots is often just downright impossible to hand split:hair: I can’t get away from the stuff though. Very thin bark,really pretty colors, and like you said, it heats like a dream
     
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    Nice work!
    If i cut beech i try to split it fresh cut. IME with most wood if allowed to dry and check on the ends its harder to hand split. Classic case...split the ash i cut late yesterday this morning. Split easily from the fresh cut ends while the few week old ends were harder. Hickory i cut pver the weekend was the same...very easy. Knots and gnarlies can be a different story of course.
     
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    This year, I changed my method by cutting and hauling rounds home to split at a later time. I’ll have to take my splitting maul with me next time I go get wood to split some freshly cut stuff. Maybe I need to go back to splitting it right after I cut. I had switched because I have read you can get more wood loaded in round I split form, but might be worth more trips if easier to split! Thanks for the info:D Maybe my maul will refresh my memory!
     
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    This was some fresh cut beech from Thanksgiving i cut and split a few days later. I think it was below freezing which was a huge plus. I love splitting frozen green wood.
    Here's the link.
    A Beech Named Eileen!
     
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    I gotta admit, most of the beech I’ve split in the past has been frozen and freshly cut as well, so maybe that’s why the stuff seemed extra hard today! Bet Eileen would have been a real nasty beech if you’d have waited too long to split:rofl: :lol::rofl: :lol:
     
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    The mound of splits is still sitting just off her driveway four months later. :emb: Stacking is the one thing i fail to complete in a timely fashion of the four main hoarding tasks.
     
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    I've read that too. But then if you buy a load of logs that are, say, 8 cord why do you never end up with 8 cord once it is cut split and stacked?
     
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    Once again I'll state that usually it is best to not try to split beech through the heart.
     
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    Nice that you can process indoors! I think you're gonna need a bigger garage pretty soon!
     
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    The stacked wood uses up a little more than 1/4 of the space. Gonna put the rest outdoors. It is nice to be able to utilize the space on wet days.
     
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    Ever have any issues with mold as the wood dries? Looks like you have a nice shed that is sealed up.
     
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    What about critters building homes in there?
     
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    Leave it open. Windows and doors. Keep the fans going too, or else yes, starts to get pretty moist in there! Something else I’m gonna do is get a cable attic fan with a humidistat on it for additional air movement.
     
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    Cats keep the critters out. Noticeable difference from when we didn’t have cats!
     
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    Another row added today. 3 more Rows and I’m done with the wood I’m storing inside. Then it’s on to splitting and stacking all the stuff I’m gonna store outdoors. Slowly but surely:confused: BTW, got a lightbulb with my shoulder buZZsawBRAD:rofl: :lol: You and your crystal ball! First time I’ve done that too! D2A24103-4982-4571-A1D0-9FE2E79BE623.jpeg 60F5BCFB-DB28-420A-AAE4-536F2A8A377D.jpeg