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« on: August 12, 2018, 04 :42:20 AM »

We have used wood heat for supplemental heating for a long time. For the last 5 years almost all out heat is from wood because being retired I am around nearly all the time to keep the stove going. It has to get real cold for a long time for the central to kick on.
Part of the whole process is seasoning the wood for the best burn. I like to get the moisture content in the 15-20 percent range. A moisture meter takes all the guess work out of this. The best thing I did to help this process was to build a woodshed a couple years ago. After I split and stack the wood under the shed it is out of the weather and still exposed to wind and heat to help the drying. I checked some sticks this week. Some white oak I cut was 18% and a real green red oak cut in February was 23%. I think all my wood will be good to go before wood burning time rolls around.
I have a self admitted wood cutting addiction. I really enjoy the whole process even though it is a lot of work.
Any other firewood nuts out there?
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« Reply #1 on: August 12, 2018, 07 :41:38 AM »

I have a wood burning fireplace at our house in Cherokee Village.  I have actually always enjoyed cutting and splitting wood.  I do season the wood but do not have a meter to measure the moisture.  That sounds interesting and maybe I should look into it.
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« Reply #2 on: August 12, 2018, 04 :39:05 PM »

Do you have any smoke problems in the house ? and what kind of stove would you recommend ?
always thought of getting one
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« Reply #3 on: August 12, 2018, 07 :04:24 PM »

We do not have any real problem with smoke. The secret to avoiding smoke is when opening the stove door crack it for a few seconds to let the draft get going and then open all the way. We have a Lopi stove and it is our second of this make. They are well built and heat good. The first one stayed with a house we sold. Is it the best? I cannot say as I have not used any others. I do wish it used a little bit bigger wood and that the burn time was longer on a load of wood. There are things I would change but it does a good job so we are satisfied. They make many different models.
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« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2018, 05 :42:18 PM »

I cut and burn wood but the only thing I enjoy about it is not freezing to death in the winter.
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« Reply #5 on: August 15, 2018, 06 :31:53 PM »

 (:That is the best benefit
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« Reply #6 on: August 27, 2018, 03 :19:37 PM »

I enjoy cutting firewood & splitting, cut about 3 to 4 ricks a year. Theirs no better heat IMO
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« Reply #7 on: August 28, 2018, 04 :56:16 AM »

I really cannot say why I enjoy the wood cutting process I just do. This year I put about 6 cords in the woodshed. I actually measure my wood and do the math. This should leave a couple of cords left at the end of the winter. That way I will have a good start on the next year. I will start working on the wood supply as soon as I get done with deer season.
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« Reply #8 on: August 28, 2018, 05 :37:25 AM »

I cut & split firewood after turkey hunting season. Winter the wife puts a pot on the wood stove & cooks up some ham & beans


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« Reply #9 on: August 28, 2018, 12 :08:28 PM »

Old hillbillies always told me to have your wood cut split and stacked by Easter for it to dry in time for next winter. That may be pure bull but I always try to meet that goal. Sometimes I make it sometimes not.
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