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How many years or heating seasons are you ahead on wood?
« on: January 03, 2013, 09:32:36 AM »
 Myself, not anywhere close to where I should be. Building the house and barn I have been working
for the past five years has taken all of my available weekend time.

 Work, mon.-fri. takes the rest. I plan on cutting enough this spring to get 3-4 years ahead and then staying there.

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Re: How many years or heating seasons are you ahead on wood?
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2013, 10:03:24 AM »
In answer probabley more than I should be .I burn about 4 -5 at the most cords per heating season and  have about 20 split and stacked .

It just amasses after time ,a little here a little there and pretty soon you have a mountain of it .

Now I don't cut perfectly good live standing trees for firewood like some .It's all dead or dying or hazard trees .With the EAB and wind storms it's just has gotten everwelming in the last few years .

A person could let the dead standing if not for the fact if the wind tosses them you never know exactly where they might land .A half ways decent feller can at least drop  them some direction in mind to minimize collateral damage .

In my case my grandchildren like to tromp around in my little woods .If one of them gets clobbered by a widow maker I could have prevented I could never forgive myself .

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Re: How many years or heating seasons are you ahead on wood?
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2013, 10:07:13 AM »
I should have enough to get me through until spring but I'm on my way to the woods to make a few trailer loads as I type. What I don't use this winter will get burned next.

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Re: How many years or heating seasons are you ahead on wood?
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2013, 10:13:28 AM »
I am REAL bad when it comes to this. Drives my FIL nuts,maybe that's one reason I do it. ;D I really do have to get going on it. I only have enough for about 2 weeks now ready to go. I have some in a pile in whatever length but not sawed or split. This is the time I do my wood,when snow is on the ground. I may thin out the dead and bad stuff and bring it into the landing and push it into a pile when there is no snow on the ground. Most years I at least have enough for a month so if I get sick,I'm all set. I do know how wood should be dried. Been around wood heat my whole life.In my other house I had to have it done up and dried. Summer time I'm busy wasting time on other things,all 170 acres of it.
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Re: How many years or heating seasons are you ahead on wood?
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2013, 10:36:17 AM »
My routine is to stay two years ahead.  When I empty an area of seasoned wood for fuel, I fill it back up with green wood.  Depending upon the time of year that I refill with green wood, that wood will sit for at least one full year plus the amount of time until the next heating season, which usually includes another summer and fall.  So, in general, I won't touch that gree wood for two heating seasons.  That way, everything I burn is seasoned.
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Re: How many years or heating seasons are you ahead on wood?
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2013, 10:53:22 AM »
I'm going to be, but for now, I am not. I'm clearing a 75' wide X 150 yard area for our power line right-of-way at the cabin. 75 % of this is going to be firewood timber-oak, maple, a few hickory. Once completed, that should get me a 2 year stockpile. I do have enough in the wood shed for the remainder of this year.
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Re: How many years or heating seasons are you ahead on wood?
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2013, 11:38:33 AM »
when it is bad to do anything else you can cut wood.i am 60 years old if i have a months worth a head i think i am doing good.there is always something to do on a farm.getting wood is usually not the top of the to do list unless you are about out.

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Re: How many years or heating seasons are you ahead on wood?
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2013, 11:56:20 AM »
I have two heating seasons ahead, split and stacked on pallets that are covered.
That's not counting the pallets for this heating season.
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Re: How many years or heating seasons are you ahead on wood?
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2013, 12:48:59 PM »
There was time in my life I waited for colder weather before I got with it .Those days are behind me now because I'm more inclined to sit by the fire fueled by wood I had cut when the weather was warmer .

Although I do in fact live in a colder climate than perhaps Georgia or Florida doesn't mean I like cold weather .Those huge  corn fields are now just an endless waste land of frozen tundra .

Global warming ,maybe but I about froze my butt off hauling in a trailer load of wood from my stacks this morning .

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Re: How many years or heating seasons are you ahead on wood?
« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2013, 02:01:06 PM »
I have about +2 years cut and stacked in one location on the property and have started another stack in a different locaton. iI have the first stack covered but plan to leave the 2nd stack uncovered until I start to use from it. As I get older, I enjoyed geting my exercise cutting wood rather than working out on fitness equipment :) 
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Re: How many years or heating seasons are you ahead on wood?
« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2013, 02:50:00 PM »
Three weeks so I am with thecfarm on this one, I know better but as long as I have some wood I can postpone doing it and this year I am worse than normal. Admittedly I was busy but realistically that is just an excuse. I am perversely glad that I am not the only one and I think that makes me a bad person. If anyone is interested in my whole list of excuses of why this or any other number of things are not done by now they can pm me and I can provide them with a copy.
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Re: How many years or heating seasons are you ahead on wood?
« Reply #11 on: January 03, 2013, 03:27:31 PM »
Well I thought I had this year and 60 percent on next years cut split and stackked, this the remaining 40 percent blocked, and about half of the following years in log length.  However I seem to be on track for 7 cords this year instead of my normal 6 so I will off my plan by a bit unless it warms up some.  These below zero nights hurt the pile.

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Re: How many years or heating seasons are you ahead on wood?
« Reply #12 on: January 03, 2013, 03:42:40 PM »
"....years or heating seasons" ?    :D :D :D    I have routinely been anywhere from 9 down to the current day for my needs.   Unless, you count the uncut slab pile and all the downed stuff in the woods.  If you count that I am good 5 years ahead, especially on the "downed stuff in the woods".  ;D   

I've had the outdoor furnace just over 4 years now and am in my 4th heating season.  I don't have a clue how much wood I need for a season because I cut it when I have time and never have more than a week or two at the most stacked up and don't measure or kreep track of it.   When I run out of burnable sizes I go out and cut some more.  I usually cut enough to cover a 3 to 5 day period at a time.   If I cut from my slab pile or waste logs I have stacked near the barn I can cut enough for 3 days or so in about 30 minutes.   It really depends on the temperature.   Under 30 I need to add wood once a day.   Above 30  I can go 1-1/2  to 3 days on a single fill up of the CB 6048.

I don't spend much time at all splitting for my use.   My rule is if I can lift it and it will fit through the door, then it is small enough to burn.   Even on larger logs I cut them into "cookie size" pieces that I can throw through the door.   The only time in the last 3 years my splitter has been used was for splitting for my daughters wood insert.
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Re: How many years or heating seasons are you ahead on wood?
« Reply #13 on: January 03, 2013, 07:38:45 PM »
Two to three seasons ahead, as of now.  And that's because it just became available.  Like Al, I use mostly "junk" trees and trimmings.  Neighbors' junk also.  Nothing is too small to pile up and burn in the IWB.
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Re: How many years or heating seasons are you ahead on wood?
« Reply #14 on: January 03, 2013, 07:56:47 PM »
I'm currently behind two years on my wood supply. Will be cutting ash trees this weekend in an attempt to catch up. Good thing it burns so well green. :D
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« Reply #15 on: January 03, 2013, 08:10:19 PM »
Well if EAB has made it to Mass. you won't find any live ash .Even grave yard dead for two years those ash will still retain water within . Dang things are hard as a  rock though .

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Re: How many years or heating seasons are you ahead on wood?
« Reply #16 on: January 03, 2013, 08:13:43 PM »
They found one of them North of here last summer. It won't be long now. I haven't heard if they've set up the quarantine area yet, but I know just over the border in NY they have quarantines set up.
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Re: How many years or heating seasons are you ahead on wood?
« Reply #17 on: January 03, 2013, 08:20:34 PM »
I would say about 1 1/2 seasons to 2 full seasons is split, and ready to go. I've gotten into the habit of not stacking it. A good sized pile with a tarp will do the job. I've used upwards of 9 cords or so in a season, but that's before we re-insulated the attic. We only need a small fire in the wood stove that's in the basement now. I plan on a wood furnace before the next heating season. I wanted to get one for this season, but that plan didn't happen. I'll be looking for bargains on a wood furnace late this winter, or early spring.
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« Reply #18 on: January 03, 2013, 08:52:26 PM »
In my fathers generation it was the Dutch elm disease. When I was growing up we burnt nothing but elm that had died off. It was only when I was in my late teens that we had to switch since the ones left standing were going too punky to bother with.
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Re: How many years or heating seasons are you ahead on wood?
« Reply #19 on: January 03, 2013, 09:28:15 PM »
I've got about a weeks worth left dumped in the shed  ;D  I'd planned to fill the shed this fall and put the processor away for the winter.  Hasn't happened yet  :)
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