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post #1 of 8
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Hey all-


I'm just starting out...first run a couple weeks back w/ maple and spareribs, turned out great...this is probably a dumb question but Jeff says that he uses splits to maintain consistent temp. for about 45 minutes, is a split 1/4 of a log, or smaller?


Thanks, Tony D.

post #2 of 8

Tony, it really depends on the size of the log. On my logs that measures 3-4 inches accross, I'll just split them in half. Anything up to 10-12 inches will get split into fourths while the much larger stuff will get split into fourths and those splits will then be split in half though the cross section.

post #3 of 8

I try to make my splits a fairly consistent size which means some logs get quartered and some get split more than that. Since I share wood with a few friends I cut the logs about 14-15" then split them into about 3-4" thick splits. My firebox is 24" and the shorter splits still work fine.

post #4 of 8

Here are the splits that I used sitting next to a regulation size football for reference..


Cherry Wood Splits 001-800x600.jpg





And.. a side view to show you the thickness

Cherry Wood Splits 007-800x600.jpg

post #5 of 8

I probably do way more splitting than i need to, but mine look about like jeff's.  maybe a little longer though.  I will split a 6-8" log into at least 1/8ths if not smaller than that.  At least in my head it seems to not only burn cleaner, but i swear it seems like i get more mileage out of my wood.  Probably not...  But if i believe it, it has to be true :D

post #6 of 8

Good info.  I noticed that you don't have any bark on your splits.  I have been using Pecan that I left the bark on and I am getting some thick white smoke until it burns off.  Do you somehow de-bark your wood, or do you just save the interior pieces with no bark and use the outside pieces in the fireplace? Inquiring minds want to know.

post #7 of 8

I generally don't worry about the bark unless it wants to come off.. if it is loose I'll go ahead and pull it off but otherwise, it gets a sniff test and a visual and it's good to go. If it smells moldy or I see fungus, bugs or something funky, it goes in the bin for fireplace wood.


The cherry pictured here was already split and de-barked when I got it so I'm not complaining

post #8 of 8

th_DanasWedding-04.jpg?t=1284158080    Here's a shot of my splits;'FLO' likes small, short sticks placed right in front of her nose(intake).



I start like this -th_Picture119-1.jpg?t=1284158080   and end up like this   th_Picture124.jpg?t=1284158080


A good way to learn your placement and size of fire in your SFB is to get a 6-pak and play with it...just sayin'

Hope this helps and,

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