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Re: Standing dead ash surprise
« Reply #20 on: January 17, 2019, 11:13:45 PM »
The reason Ash dries quicker, especially as standing timber, is because the outside bark is
quite thin. Sycamore is a great wood to burn and dries similar to Ash because the bark is so thin.  Some hickories dry rather quick also.  Oak on the other hand has a thick bark that slows
the drying process down.  To dry oak lumber in a kiln 4/4 would take over 30 days.  Drying Ash took about two weeks and poplar 6 days.  You can imagine a oak log drying in. a air dry yard and 12 inches in diameter would take a year to dry.  The Maples have thin barks also.  White oak probably takes the longest to dry.  It has a glue like substance (Tyloses) in its vessels that prevents the movement of water.  Hence whiskey barrels. I use to dry lumber when I first got out of college and probably dried a few million feet.  There are quite a few reasons oak dries slower than other woods, but the basics are above.  I hope I haven't bored anyone as this is my first post.

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Re: Standing dead ash surprise
« Reply #21 on: January 18, 2019, 10:46:16 AM »
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Re: Standing dead ash surprise
« Reply #22 on: January 18, 2019, 11:22:50 AM »
That is why there was an old saying, "Ash wood wet or ash wood dry a price shall warm his slippers by".
Even a live ash is low enough moisture to burn OK, drier however is better.
I never tested the moisture content but years ago, if I ran low on firewood, I'd cut some standing ash. They were dry enough not to sizzle moisture out the end grain when burned right away. I never found any other species that I could do that with.
I always heard ash got it's name because it was such good wood to burn. I never tried to verify.
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Re: Standing dead ash surprise
« Reply #23 on: January 18, 2019, 12:25:33 PM »
Then we got Elm...the wood that is fun to split. Instructions available. :-X
Two wood stoves ( Jotul Rangely ,Jotul Oslo ) heating 99 44/100%
24/7. No central heat. 6-8 cords firewood from the woodlot /year. Low low tech: ATV with trailer, 3 saws, 2 electric splitters, a worn pulphook, peavy, climbing line for skidding, Fiskars 27, an old back getting older.

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