he is lieing Im sure. Think of it like willow or apple – in terms of wet weight. This website uses cookies to improve your experience. Wet wood is inefficient because it releases a lower percentage of its energy as heat, in comparison to dry wood. he said he split the madrona 2 weeks ago, and that it was a dead tree. There are two common stacking methods -- building a square column of logs on two ends and placing horizontal logs between them or piling logs in a loose pyramid form starting with three logs in a triangle and adding to the pile until it is as high and round as you can handle. I’ll see if it burns ok this fall. The dogs like it too lol. I live in NW Wisconsin and I love wood heat. The quick drying firewood. What is your opinion of Alder wood for the wood stove. Split wood as soon as possible after it is cut. Start with good wood. And considering it is a hardwood, it will most likely need to dry for another half a year in stacks, if not longer. For splitting dry wood, you have to give a longer period of time to dry them. Once you are ready to stack the firewood, make sure to do so in the most sunny side of your property, as constant sunlight directed towards your wood stack will make it dry even better. This website uses cookies to improve your experience while you navigate through the website. That's pretty much true -- it can take nine months to a year for some firewood to properly dry or "cure." The insect can damage the wood while drying. It all really depends on your location, as this is what usually dictates the drying times of your firewood. Put wood piles where they are exposed to strong air flows. It is very dense and heavy when cut, easy to split when fresh cut – hard as nails when dried and much lighter. That's pretty much true -- it can take nine months to a year for some firewood to properly dry or "cure." I asked him how long ago was the wood split. This is a site where i share all of my wood-related experiences, one post at a time. Most of that moisture must be eliminated for the wood to burn properly and give off effective heat; the ideal moisture content is 20 to 25 percent or less. Cut firewood before trees begin leafing out in spring. Wood seasoning time depending on its species is an extremely subjective topic. Dust generates. Woods with high pitch content, such as pine, cure more slowly. I love firewood – i burn it, stack it and process it. theres a guy selling madrona here in washington, who says the wood is ready to burn. When we lived in Coupe ille Washington I had a chance to cut split and stack Madeona wood for burning. We had it drying for nearly two years. Even if your wood stove, fireplace or a furnace supports firewood larger than 16 inches (41 cm) in length, i would still highly suggest sticking to that size, as it means you can make more pieces of firewood, which in turn make it dry quicker. I just got done racking a grapple load of red oak that I bucked and split last year. If you have a log splitter then you don’t need to think that the wood is green or dry. For some people it dries in two years, others swear they won’t even touch it until it sits down after being split and stacked for at least three years. "World." Edited 9/24/2003 10:46:51 AM ET by Don C. I'm also of the belief that any air dried wood should dry at least one full year at a minimum to go through the full range of seasons. Freshly cut firewood is up to 50 or 60 percent water. Don. Firewood dries from the ends, not from the bark, so more exposed ends equal to a quicker drying time. This site is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com. Stack firewood outdoors, loosely, so air can flow between the logs. Split wood dries faster because it has more area exposed to the air than full logs with bark. Confused? That’ll be nice when it’s done. Even standing dead trees do not lose moisture; only cut and split wood will dry effectively. Properly seasoned firewood is important if you want to use the wood with its full potential. The long drying firewood. Learn which plants thrive in your Hardiness Zone with our new interactive map! Take into consideration proper ventilation – as you stack the firewood, make sure to leave openings in between to let the airflow pass through so that everything inside dries quicker. Cherry, which might take around 3.5 months; Rock elm, black locust, apple, pear, and other fruit woods and elms dry for at least 6 months. I use a Drolet wood stove. Cover wood with a tarpaulin to protect against rain or snow. That being said, a tree which fell down on its own will probably be even less dry, as the moisture from the ground has more area to come in contact with the wood. What you can do no matter where you live or the type of firewood you have is properly season it. Let’s say you live in the midwestern part of the United States, somewhere in Michigan. I won’t need any of the oak for two more years so it should be good by then I hope and some of it will season for 5 or more years. Cut firewood before trees begin leafing out in spring. Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. These cookies will be stored in your browser only with your consent. If you want your firewood to dry as quick as possible, make sure to at least buck the logs before leaving them outside even for a slight period of time. It is mandatory to procure user consent prior to running these cookies on your website. You also have the option to opt-out of these cookies. Drying time varies with the cut; 2-foot pieces (a standard firewood length) will dry in about six months, while 4-footers may take a year. These cookies do not store any personal information. Green wood is easier to split than seasoned wood, and the quicker more wood surface is exposed, the better. Issue is, there are many types of wood out there – it can be confusing to know exactly how long specific type of it dries for. Since retiring he has written freelance stories and a weekly computer security column. Avoid woods like elm, hickory and gum, which are almost impossible to split. Wood seasoning time depending on its species is an extremely subjective topic. (There might not be many folks who heat their houses, let alone with firewood in Arizona, but you get the gist). I’m building a pole shed in the back yard and I want to put a lean on it for my stacks. Plan the perfect garden with our interactive tool →, Oregon Department of Agriculture: Firewood facts, Hearth.com: Getting the most out of your firewood, U.S. Forest Products Laboratory: Firewood information. They park themselves in front of it all winter long. Drying time varies with the cut; 2-foot pieces (a standard firewood length) will dry in about six months, while 4-footers may take a year. The old farm adage was "cut in spring, burn in winter." To burn properly, the moisture content of your firewood should be between 15 and 20 percent. Softwoods, including pine, cottonwood, cedar and hemlock, burn rapidly but produce less heat for the weight. You can use it all season long if you want to, but many folks who burn wood like to utilize it in particular during the “shoulder season” – when you don’t want too hot of a fire; when, for example, Douglas Fir would bring too much heat. There’s really no resource online, no calculator that can tell you exactly how long does a specific type of wood takes to season, because there are just too many variables at play.