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Firewood


Jan 23, 2022, 5:11 PM

I bet a bunch of ya’ll know something bout firewood.

How long do you like to see firewood seasoned?

Oak?

Hickory?

BTW, this is not the wrong board. Pieces of firewood are boards too.

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Jan 23, 2022, 5:17 PM

I always liked to have mine in the shed, i.e. a roof with no sides for 1 year (a season). Oak was what was available. Hickory is best, but i have burned sweet gum(it pops hot splinters), so a screen or in a stove is essential.

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Jan 23, 2022, 5:36 PM

I usually cut and split in March and keep dry for use in the coming winter. Oak, hickory, maple, and pecan, I found, are the best. Believe it or not, but Bradford Pear makes a very good fire wood. Just dry it like other wood. Many people are cutting them down now so they are available. You will need a splitter.

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Jan 23, 2022, 5:32 PM

Gas logs are instant, but I do miss a fire sometimes.

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Jan 23, 2022, 5:33 PM

One season. And don't even try splitting sweet gum by hand. Not much hickory left to cut for firewood. Matter of fact, I would not cut it down for firewood. There were times I would burn anything I could get. Had to split by hand.

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Jan 23, 2022, 5:50 PM

Not many people have heard of a Stickler...It was a big screw that attached to the left rear hub after removing the tire. It was pointed sharp on the end and as the axle turned the screw you would bump a log length wise onto the tip and watch it slowly pop a log in 2// Repeat as often as necessary to get your log to the size you want...It came out in the early '80s when The Mother Earth News was a huge seller in the magazine market... Your lesson of the day from an old fart...

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Jan 23, 2022, 5:38 PM

With the right conditions as little as 6 months. One year imo is just right for most species and most start to break down after about 3 years. 20 percent max moisture content is what you're aiming for.

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Jan 23, 2022, 5:43 PM

I like for it to season for a year but 6 months is enough. Depends on the size of the log and whether it is split or not. Round, unsplit pieces definitely need to season longer than split wood. Oak is probably my favorite but any hardwood will burn fine. Some, like cherry, are extremely hard to split.

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Jan 23, 2022, 5:57 PM

I like to gather fresh logs and wait about a year for them to dry up. It’s a long time, sure, but it ends up creating some really long lasting fires.

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Jan 23, 2022, 6:01 PM

We cut some trees down last year and I cut and split a couple of them in April of last year. They were perfect this past fall.

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I really like that

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Jan 23, 2022, 6:05 PM

Dan-o’s seasoning. I put that #### on everything.

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+1 for Dan-O’s Seasoning . . .

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Jan 23, 2022, 7:35 PM

I like Everglades Original and especially their Fish & Chicken!!!


Enough thread jacking . . . Split Hardwood, covered but open to air movement, is good after 6-9 months for my needs.

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Jan 23, 2022, 8:00 PM

I've cut and spilt oak and hickory in the spring and burned in the winter and cut in the fall and burned the next winter. Both worked fine. Like said by others, stacking to get air flow and keeping it dry is the way to go to get it seasoned.

For cooking and smoking, I've always waited a year minimum (oak, hickory, pecan and apple).

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Jan 23, 2022, 8:21 PM

I don't know why everyone is obsessed with (seasoning ) firewood. I am 76 and I have burned green fresh cut oak all my life. All you need is a little kindling to get it going, it produces a hotter and longer lasting fire than any dry wood period!

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Jan 24, 2022, 10:11 AM

I am doing the same right now PGS. I was unprepared this year, but do have access to many oak blow downs from storms. It’s not as green as green but certainly not seasoned. A little kindling and it helps to have a few pieces of dry pine to get it going. But once you get a good bed of coals it all burns just fine.

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Jan 23, 2022, 11:45 PM

OK, thanks for all the replies. Good information. I’ve been burning oak and it’s always been seasoned for over a year. Always lights quickly, burns well, always happy.

Just yesterday I bought a small batch of Hickory. He told me it was seasoned since “spring or summer”. Just more difficult to get lit.

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