How Long Will Firewood Keep

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  1. big rockpile

    big rockpile If I need a Shelter

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    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
     
  2. Forerunner

    Forerunner Well-Known Member

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    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.
     

  3. Shrek

    Shrek Singletree Moderator Staff Member

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    Its good for storage until the termites move out or the flames die out. Keeping the termites from moving in solves the whole problem.
     
  4. copperkid3

    copperkid3 Well-Known Member

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    And if you put it where the flames are,
    that solves the termite problem too!:happy:
     
  5. 7thswan

    7thswan Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Forerunner said it.
     
  6. luv2farm

    luv2farm Well-Known Member Supporter

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    if you get it cut up and PUT IN THE DRY--it will last for years and years and years
     
  7. ceresone

    ceresone Well-Known Member Supporter

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    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.
     
  8. ronbre

    ronbre Brenda Groth Supporter

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    agree with everything above..you could bring it here..but i doubt i could pay your asking price with that drive !!
     
  9. mnn2501

    mnn2501 Dallas

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    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
     
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  10. ldc

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    Rock, keep some dry for yourselves! Happy New Year! ldc
     
  11. Joshie

    Joshie Well-Known Member Supporter

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    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?
     
  12. Cabin Fever

    Cabin Fever Life NRA Member since 1976 Supporter

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    Cut, split and dry oak that is undercover will last longer than you...or I...will.

    Termites? What are termites?
     
  13. edcopp

    edcopp Well-Known Member

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    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.
     
  14. highlands

    highlands Walter Jeffries Staff Member Supporter

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    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.

    Cheers

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  15. edcopp

    edcopp Well-Known Member

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    If Big Rockpile lasts even one more century he will be really elderly.:cool:
     
  16. Rocky Fields

    Rocky Fields Failure is not an option.

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    Ed,

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

    RF
     
  17. Kris in MI

    Kris in MI Well-Known Member Supporter

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    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.
     
  18. Ken Scharabok

    Ken Scharabok In Remembrance

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    Many perfectly preserved wooden items were found in King Tut's tomb and he died something like 3,000 years ago.
     
  19. ||Downhome||

    ||Downhome|| Born in the wrong Century

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    keep it dry is the key, moisture will encourage rot,termites and carpenter ants.
     
  20. Oldcountryboy

    Oldcountryboy Well-Known Member Supporter

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    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.
     
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