You are Unregistered, please register to use all of the features of Homesteading Today!    
Homesteading Forum

Go Back   Homesteading Forum > General Homesteading Forums > Homesteading Questions

LinkBack Thread Tools Rate Thread
Old 12/29/09, 10:36 PM
big rockpile's Avatar
If I need a Shelter
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Ozarks
Posts: 18,258
How Long Will Firewood Keep

Having our place Logged and know we will have all kinds of Tops for Firewood.Because of the fact no one is Buying Firewood around here we have no choice but to make use of what we can.

How long will Oak Firewood be good?

big rockpile
I love being married.Its so great to find that one person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.

If I need a Shelter
If I need a Friend
I go to the Rock!
Reply With Quote
Old 12/29/09, 10:40 PM
Forerunner's Avatar  
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Illinois
Posts: 10,063
It will have some value for five to ten years, laying out in the timber.
Get it cut, split and under roof and it will last indefinitely.
I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice! And let me remind you also that moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue. Barry Goldwater.
Reply With Quote
Old 12/29/09, 11:38 PM
Shrek's Avatar
Singletree Moderator
Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: North Alabama
Posts: 10,728
Its good for storage until the termites move out or the flames die out. Keeping the termites from moving in solves the whole problem.
"I didn't have time to slay the dragon. It's on my To Do list!"
Reply With Quote
Old 12/30/09, 02:57 AM
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Dwelling in the state of Confusion - but just passing thru...
Posts: 8,092

Originally Posted by Shrek View Post
Its good for storage until the termites move out or the flames die out. Keeping the termites from moving in solves the whole problem.
And if you put it where the flames are,
that solves the termite problem too!
Reply With Quote
Old 12/30/09, 07:05 AM
7thswan's Avatar  
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: michigan
Posts: 23,896
Forerunner said it.
Reply With Quote
Old 12/30/09, 07:11 AM
luv2farm's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: In the mountains of east TN
Posts: 758
if you get it cut up and PUT IN THE DRY--it will last for years and years and years

Wife, Mom to 4 ( 2 in Tn, 2 in Gloryland), caretaker of chickens, rabbits, kittys, 2 dogs, 2 milk goats, 2 jersey cows, and 1 messy house
Reply With Quote
Old 12/30/09, 09:35 AM
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 4,887
Rock, if you can get anyone with a trailer to help you, you should try cutting a load and taking it into a city--it's insane what city dwellers will pay for a load of good oak wood.
SIL goes to K.C several times a year.
In Life, We Weep at the thought of Death'
Who Knows, Perhaps in Death,
We Weep at the though of Life.
Reply With Quote
Old 12/30/09, 09:55 AM
Brenda Groth
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Michigan
Posts: 7,817
agree with everything could bring it here..but i doubt i could pay your asking price with that drive !!
Reply With Quote
Old 12/30/09, 09:59 AM
mnn2501's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: N of Dallas, TX
Posts: 11,181
Usually guys with pickup or trailer loads of wood will sit at the local Home Depot on Saturdays selling it to the suburbanites for an ungodly price

Last edited by mnn2501; 12/30/09 at 10:02 AM.
Reply With Quote
Old 12/30/09, 10:08 AM
ldc ldc is offline
Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: S. Louisiana
Posts: 2,384
Rock, keep some dry for yourselves! Happy New Year! ldc
Reply With Quote
Old 12/30/09, 10:16 AM
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Illinois
Posts: 8,298
Do you have to have it logged? If nobody is buying firewood, could you wait before having it logged? Do you need to have the land cleared for another use?
Moms don't look at things like normal people.
Reply With Quote
Old 12/30/09, 10:17 AM
Cabin Fever's Avatar
Former Mod
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Between Crosslake and Emily Minnesota
Posts: 14,577
Cut, split and dry oak that is undercover will last longer than you...or I...will.

Termites? What are termites?
Reply With Quote
Old 12/30/09, 01:54 PM
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Ohio
Posts: 4,422
As the others have said, oak firewood will last and last if kept dry. It is usually better after 2 or 3 years of drying time. This is a good project as the cost of home heating most likely will not go down in future years, so what gets cut today may well be worth more in a few years, not to mention that this is a good project to help your wife to stay in shape in her spare time.
Reply With Quote
Old 12/30/09, 04:15 PM
highlands's Avatar
Walter Jeffries
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Mountains of Vermont, Zone 3
Posts: 9,501
Properly stored wood will keep for centuries. This winter I'm burning some that is over 230 years old. Nice and dry. It was part of a building we took down. Most of the building we salvaged as parts to use on other projects but there were some scraps and they warm me now.

The key is to keep the wood well up off the ground, covered, dry and well ventilated. In some climates one also has termites and other miscreants to deal with.


Sugar Mountain Farm
in the mountains of Vermont
Save 30% off Pastured Pork with free processing:
Read about our on-farm butcher shop project:
__________________ -- Pastured Pigs, Poultry, Sheep, Dogs and Kids
Reply With Quote
Old 12/30/09, 10:47 PM
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Ohio
Posts: 4,422
If Big Rockpile lasts even one more century he will be really elderly.
Reply With Quote
Old 12/30/09, 11:00 PM
Rocky Fields's Avatar
Failure is not an option.
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 2,623

Actually BR is only 30...he just looks like he's a hundred...not enuff catfish in his diet ;-)

It's not good enough that we do our best; sometimes we have to do what's required. - Winston Churchill
Reply With Quote
Old 12/31/09, 08:39 AM
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Mid-Michigan
Posts: 4,634
One of our farmer neighbors had his property logged about five years ago. Dh noticed the tons of tops left all over the woods and finally, about a year later, asked the farmer what he was going to do with them. The answer: nothing, if you want them, take them!

Every winter we cut some more and leave it in stacks around the woods. It sits usually for a year or two before we bring it in and stack next to our woodboiler. So far we haven't run into any rotted wood and this is stuff left out in the open after cutting. Dh is still cutting tops, all those are in great shape even after laying on the ground for five years.
Reply With Quote
Old 12/31/09, 08:03 PM
In Remembrance
Join Date: May 2002
Posts: 6,844
Many perfectly preserved wooden items were found in King Tut's tomb and he died something like 3,000 years ago.
Reply With Quote
Old 12/31/09, 09:00 PM
||Downhome||'s Avatar
Born in the wrong Century
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Michigan
Posts: 5,431
keep it dry is the key, moisture will encourage rot,termites and carpenter ants.
Reply With Quote
Old 12/31/09, 11:41 PM
Join Date: Feb 2008
Posts: 4,443
Cut it up in blocks, stack it, and cover it. After about a year it is tougher to cut with the chainsaw, but easier to split. So cut and stack up as much as you can and worry about the splittin later.

Also, might cut some 5' long poles out of the limbs and try your luck with mushroom logs.
r.h. in oklahoma

Raised a country boy, and will die a country boy.

Last edited by Oldcountryboy; 12/31/09 at 11:41 PM. Reason: spelling?
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:11 AM.