Discussion in 'The Wood Pile' started by Scotty Overkill, Oct 4, 2013.
Welcome to the FHC Chud
Hmm.. Perhaps we should keep an eye on Chud for a while..
Welcome to the club. Lots of great folks here sharing knowledge and humor.
I like that loader and truck. That would be sweet with a basket on it to trim limbs
Welcome to the FHC Chud Nice to have you join us. We love pics and lots of them...anything and everything firewood related.
New here guys. Looking forward to reading your posts. Thanks to my buddy Will for telling me about the site. I think between the wood I have split and the pole of rounds I have to split I’m looking at around 15 cords or better. The stack your looking at is about 8’ High at the center, and is prob 30’ deep by 20’ feet wide. Needless to say I have a lot of splitting to do and not a lot of dried wood for the winter. I have about a cord dried really nice on the front porch. Anyhow, I stack my wood inside a pretty well ventilated redwood barn as you can see, off the ground mostly on pallets or pvc pipe. The wind comes from the west and the wind is able to get to the wood pretty decently and the wood stays dry. I stack it with about 4-6 inches space in between each stack. I was wondering about drying times. I just ordered a moisture meter off amazon which I will get in two days. Really looking forward to testing a few pieces to see where they are. I only have about 4 months before I really need to start burning wood in the stove to heat the house. Temps here in Delaware right now are between 65-80 and the Humidity is down to 50%. Do you guys think I have enough time to cut a bunch get it stacked and dried before winter.
Welcome Donald. If it were me, I would split it small and stack it in single rows on pallets outside in the sun and wind. Top cover only and maybe only when it looks like rain. Oak is about the worst for drying so try and stick to maple, elm or ash for this year. Once you get to 3 years your drying time troubles will be eliminated.
Love the pictures.
Appreciate the reply! My problem is this! I make the mistake of not splitting the wood when I get it. Then I try and split it late summer and hope it dries quick enough for December through March. Once I get my moisture tester I’m prob gonna have to shuffle a bunch of stacked wood around and put the wet stuff in its place. But I kinda like your idea better so that’s prob what I’ll do. Thanks
Welcome to the club. Lots of great folks here sharing knowledge and humor. What kind of wood do you have in your pile? Oak will take 2 yrs or more to dry, so the sooner you can get it split the better.
Man I got all kinds but a lot of oak, sycamore and maple. Yeh I’m worried about that he oak for sure. I’m gonna put the petal to the metal immediately and start stacking ! Pics soon! Thanks, Don
Hi Don, welcome to the FHC. Nice to have you join us. We love pictures and lots of them.
Depending on how dry the wood inside the barn is you may be able to use it provided it has dried to less than 20% internal moisture. A moisture meter is a handy device to have. What is the oldest wood in the barn? Move some to the sunny exterior ASAP and that will help. Dry breezy barn is okay but the sun really speeds things up.
In the future i would dry a year outside then move it to the barn. Great barn btw, wish i had something like that here!
Donald Stamper this X2
Thank you! I’m getting ready to post a round that I just split. One round filled the loaders bucket! Man was it a bear to work with! Oak! I love my barn! It’s not much to look at up close but it really is a nice place to keep the wood. I bought a moisture meter, should be here tomorrow! I’m stacking the new split stuff that I have outside like u all suggested! I appreciate the feedback.
Here’s the single round of oak I just split. Unfortunately it’s just a little too long 22” for my box so I’ll have to cut it in half later! Some pics of the barn too
There are some serious rounds in that mound. My back cringed seeing them as i have no equipment other than my saws and truck. They make a lot of splits though.
Gotta use what you got. Nice looking area.
im gonna feel it at work tonight!
thank u! Disclaimer guys! The loader is on borrow from a buddy of mine who dies concrete. He lets me use it whenever. It really helps !
Call in "sick". Give me your bosses number and ill explain it to him!
Ha! Man I’d love too but I have to save my vacation for my florida trip in November! Here’s what I got split today gents. Gotta get some sleep before dentist at 3. Then off to work at 5. After no sleep yesterday and overtime last night 11x7! What was I thinking!? Ugggg
Welcome aboard Donald Stamper
Nice place, and some huge rounds there
If you have any ash, definitely work it up.