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Firewood length?

Discussion in 'Firewood, Heating and Wood Burning Equipment' started by Joe Kidd, Jun 12, 2010.

  1. Joe Kidd

    Joe Kidd Where's Fish?

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    For those who cut and sell firewood, that's the preferred length? When cutting green wood for the next season do you just chunk it in a big pile, or go ahead and stack it(corded)??
     
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    16" for me

    1 cord = 128 cu.ft. = 8'x4'x4' = three 8' rows of 16" logs, piled 4' high.
     
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    Yep, 16 for me too. Alot of older people dont like lagging the bigger stuff around, and some peoples heater wont accept much bigger.
     
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    I like 14" so I can lod my stove north and south Its a lot hotter fire and more fuel too!
     
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    14" for my maple syrup evaporator, 16" for the house, & 24" for the outdoor fire pit. Sounds like a pain but I burn different wood for all three so it's easier to do than it sounds.
     
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    Stack it in cords and you cant go wrong with 16in.
     
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    16" is pretty standard for firewood @ here, but I cut mostly 22-24 for the owb.My stacks tend to be taller than 4' and wood surely fall over if cut 16". 18" is common also and I usually cut a few cords that length and either sell it or burn it in the shop stove.
     
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    I do 16's for my Yotul 400. When bucking, the tail end ,whatevah length, has pallets reserved all for it. Wife likes the shorter splits. Am I spoiled, u bet, have a farm w/45 acres of hardwoods etc. Have worked hard to create trails so my s-10 can be my skidder. Cut my rounds in the woods, or haul 8 fter's back ta barn and have the hens help me cut. Damn they luv chips!
    Fran
     
  9. MNGuns

    MNGuns Purveyor of Fine Firewood Consumer of Fine Whiskey

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    16 inch is THE standard for firewood sale (and construction). It just works out right math wise. 16, 32, 48. :)
     
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    I don't buy (or sell) firewood, but my Napoleon insert won't take pieces longer than 16", and 16" takes some jockeying to get through the door if it's split very big. So if I were buying firewood and you were selling longer than 16" you'd lose my sale.

    Jack
     
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    fire wood length

    I dont get tired handling short wood/12 inches

    As my fire box is now 12 inches deep with
    the other 12 being firebrick I like very short
    cord wood or chunks and wood chips as well
    as coal on the 12 inches of grates exposed
    under the channel iron 0which make for a
    better draft and a hotter burn.


    leon
     
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    I cut my wood 20" for my own stove......... but 16" if i'm sellin it. It always gets stacked.
     
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    My goal for next year is to try to get as much as I can to 16". I have been very fortunate this year to pick up wood from a couple of local tree companies. Their guys leave me rounds from 14" to 24". I can fit up to 22". But ..... it's free and it burns. I also don't sell. I'm more particular about species than length. That's probably why my stacks look like poop.
     
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    Some of my wood came from tree removal so it is random length. I try to cut 16" but on bigger rounds (30-50") I seem to cut them longer because the large diameter makes them look so thin. My stove will take 20" pieces. I try to get a lot of it to 16" in case I sell some. The hard maple I got last fall is 18-20" but she said I was supposed to use it for myself so that wood stays for sure. I am pretty good at cutting logs to the same length, but like I said the bigger rounds just look too skinny. Right now my wood is in a heap because I have been too darn busy to stack it.
     
  15. Henry and Wanda

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    Hello,
    Wanda and I would say 16" is about the right length !!!!!


    Henry and Wanda
     
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    I usually try to cut 18-20" lengths. Bigger stuff gets cut shorter, 16-18" and etiher noodled or broken up with the fiskars down to more manageable size to go on the splitter. I split the wood for indoor stoves smaller than for the OWB's. The little odd pieces get put on top of the stacks, stacked separate or right into the stove.
     
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    Welcome aboard Henry and Wanda.
     
  18. unclemoustache

    unclemoustache My 'stache is bigger than yours.

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    Oh great. Another 'how big is your wood' thread. :)
     
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    33 inch for my use 16 to 18 to sell.
     
  20. Wood Doctor

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    +1. I also tend to look for stacked customers. :hmm3grin2orange:
     

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