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Whats properly seasoned wood?
« on: February 09, 2016, 09:26:25 AM »

Guy selling wood nearby.
No info in the add, but upon prodding him for info, I find the logs were a year old and it was split last week.
I believe its mixed hardwood, mostly Maple.
Is this properly seasoned, or does it not have to sit for 6 months to a year, before burning.
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Re: Whats properly seasoned wood?
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2016, 09:45:31 AM »

Ayuh,....    If the logs were felled last year, that's when it started dryin',.....

A moisture meter would tell ya for Sure,...

Personally, if I can see checkin' in the ends of the splits or rounds, it's dry enough for me,...
If the bark easily falls off, that's another sign it's pretty dry,...
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Re: Whats properly seasoned wood?
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2016, 11:18:48 AM »

Big difference if the wood was in log length or cut to length but not split. If it was log length until last week it has likely lost little to no water content, IE 40+% moisture content. If it was cut to length but just never split I would say its probably around 30%.
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Re: Whats properly seasoned wood?
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2016, 12:09:11 PM »

What kind of maple?  There's a big difference in BTU's available between Silver Maple and Norway or Red Maples
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Re: Whats properly seasoned wood?
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2016, 03:49:59 PM »

Type of wood makes a big difference. In my experience, Hard (sugar) maple and Ash will burn well with little or no seasoning. I have burned both from freshly cut, green trees. Others will take longer. Oak needs a minimum of 1 year after splitting, probably better after two. Elm, hickory, soft maple, apple, cherry, basswood, poplar and ironwood need several months. Even pine, which you would expect to burn easily, needs several months after splitting. JMO
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Re: Whats properly seasoned wood?
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2016, 05:14:48 PM »

Thanks guys.
Not enough info in the add.
I emailed them questions and they were vague.
I believe the wood was in log length , blocked and split last week.
I imagine it's for next winter but they don't say.

I guess a moisture meter is the answer here.


I'm not buying this wood, but am trying to figure out the business for myself.






 
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Re: Whats properly seasoned wood?
« Reply #6 on: February 09, 2016, 06:34:26 PM »

If your looking for something to burn in a conventional owb, it might work, but if your looking for well seasoned wood, (20-25% MC), your more than likely looking at next year before its ready to burn unless it was standing dead when it was logged. Logs piled up on the ground dont dry very well. In my experience, it takes cutting and splitting to get it dried down. 
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Re: Whats properly seasoned wood?
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2016, 06:15:53 AM »

If your looking for something to burn in a conventional owb, it might work, but if your looking for well seasoned wood, (20-25% MC), your more than likely looking at next year before its ready to burn unless it was standing dead when it was logged. Logs piled up on the ground dont dry very well. In my experience, it takes cutting and splitting to get it dried down.

Thats what I think is going on here with this add.
If the wood is a little green, it's gonna burn in a conventional .
It's not gonna burn well in a little  fireplace, or someones elmira cookstove.
May create extra creosote in the house chimney.







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Re: Whats properly seasoned wood?
« Reply #8 on: February 11, 2016, 08:15:12 AM »

I got a load of logs Jan 2015 - mainly hard maple.  I blocked/split them and put them in a huge outdoor pile in October 2015.  They are noticeably greener and heavier than the split wood that has been in my wood shed since last spring.  So I would say you are getting the equivalent of unseasoned wood.
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Re: Whats properly seasoned wood?
« Reply #9 on: February 11, 2016, 06:43:13 PM »

Yes thats what I'm thinking.
I'm going out to look at it.
It's in Sundridge,, Boiler
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Re: Whats properly seasoned wood?
« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2016, 08:30:56 PM »

This is the time of year when I usually get a load of logs - 9 full chords. They come out of the bush nice and clean. Trouble is I have enough on hand for next year and even some for the year after.  It's a high quality problem, so I am on the fence.  (Although our wood piles will be dropping this weekend - LOL)
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Re: Whats properly seasoned wood?
« Reply #11 on: February 12, 2016, 11:30:27 AM »

If ya got the room might as well stock up.
I guess it can get to a point where its too dry,though?
I've got wood for next year, split and stacked in the leanto.
I also have 20 face cords I want to sell, but I don't think I can call them seasoned and get the xtra coin for it.
That's why I originally posted.
That's why I'm trying to figure out what other people are selling now. [Feb.]
I will let my wood sit and dry and flog it in September.
That will be a whole year split and drying.
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Re: Whats properly seasoned wood?
« Reply #12 on: February 13, 2016, 05:47:08 AM »

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I guess it can get to a point where its too dry,though?

Ayuh,....    There's no such thing as wood that's too dry to burn,....
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Re: Whats properly seasoned wood?
« Reply #13 on: February 13, 2016, 06:39:39 AM »

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I guess it can get to a point where its too dry,though?

Ayuh,....    There's no such thing as wood that's too dry to burn,....

Long as you have enough heat exchange area in your boiler that is.
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Re: Whats properly seasoned wood?
« Reply #14 on: February 13, 2016, 07:55:38 AM »

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I guess it can get to a point where its too dry,though?

Ayuh,....    There's no such thing as wood that's too dry to burn,....

There is an optimum moisture content however

http://woodheat.org/firewood-too-dry.html
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