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Seasoning Firewood

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Someone asked about seasoning firewood a few days ago. Lotta replies and opinions.
This was in the Kansas City Star today - info from the Chimney Safety Institute (didn't know there was such a thing)

*"Seasoned" means the wood has dried six to eighteen months. Longer is better. (I do mine a year minimum)
*Freshly cut wood can be up to 45% water, if burned it generates a lot of smoke and ash.
*To tell if wood is seasoned look for cracks at the end, bark that pulls off easily.
*Dry wood will weigh less than green because much of the water has evaporated.
*Well seasoned wood makes a "clunk" when two pieces are knocked together.
*Stack wood off the ground with spaces between the pieces for air circulation.
*Cover the stack with a tarp to keep off snow and rain. (Black plastic works well, absorbs heat and acts as a small scale kiln)
*Do not stack wood close to your house, a woodpile looks like heaven to termites.

Peculiarjane and I stacked 4 trailer loads yesterday. We took down 5 large trees to clear an area of our yard. Osage orange and black locust, heating wood. Wood truly is the heat source that warms multiple times. PDT_Armataz_01_29.gif
post #2 of 16
Thanks for the info Mikeicon_lol.gif
post #3 of 16
Three times i can attest to :{)
post #4 of 16
Great info ... Thanks
post #5 of 16

The wood I just bought from smokinlicious says it's 35% water and ready to smoke. You are saying it would be better to let it sit and dry out before using it? Maybe they sell it like this to increase the weight and therefore the price?
post #6 of 16
Standard for furniture/flooring is like 16% max I believe. I can't imagine any more than 25% for smoking. SCAM. "Hmm why's my food black and my lips numb?" "Can't be the wood!"

On edit...brain fart...12% for flooring/furniture
post #7 of 16
Interesting therories on wood seasoning. I use nothing but hickory for our pork and when we fell a tree we let it set for about 3 months then cut it to length and split. We have found that using green or truly useasoned hickory in our pit smoker that we get the taste that we want with out the blackened sooty color as using unseasoned oak for our beef. We also season our apple as we find it very sooty even when seasoned. jmo
post #8 of 16
If yer a stick burner, and you pre-burn... as long as it's charcoal before it hits the pit it don't matter. Or even as a charcoal or gasser..preburn seasons it on the spot. But...not 'till it's coals. Watch a green log spit <NOT split SPIT>at the ends. When it stops leaking...it's ready for the firebox
post #9 of 16
Thanks for the info on the wood seasoning. I'll have to move that to a special file for future reference.
post #10 of 16
Thread Starter 
Ron, I'M not saying anything. The info I posted is from the source I listed which I thought might clear up the seasoning question. I'm a believer in accuracy, not opinion. Mention something here and you get everything from "my Dad always said" to old wives tales and personal opinions. Few take the time to research anything and get the straight info. And if that does happen, there are those out there who still won't believe the truth. That said, I prefer the straight skinny and will research things a bit.
If that wood is at 35% water it has to be close to green. Wood is considered seasoned if it contains 20% water, 15% is much better. (There are electronic gadgets available that measure the water content of wood) If it is sold by weight that 35% certainly would boost profits. Scam? Possibly. I'd let it dry a while.
I hear you are an old think tank guy. I'm sure you appreciate accuracy. cool.gif
post #11 of 16
Thanks for the insight!
post #12 of 16
Say a man had a piece of plate steel on his firebox, could one season wood on said plate?
post #13 of 16
Thread Starter 
Scroll back up a bit and read Richtee's post about stick burnin' & preburning wood. I think it applies.
post #14 of 16
I'd wonder about heat transfer just setting a log on a hot plate. Hmm maybe if ya sliced it into like 1.5 in. thick discs...and turned 'em over after an hour or so...watch for steam/moisture to cease at the ends... just might work!
post #15 of 16
was actually thinking about putting a whole log on there. temp gauge says 400 degrees up there. after a couple of hours?
post #16 of 16
OK a pict is worth a thousand words but you mean on the top of the box?Outside it of course? Any log in 400* heat will dry allright... heck try it!
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