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White Oak takes forever to dry.

Discussion in 'Firewood, Heating and Wood Burning Equipment' started by Marley5, Dec 4, 2019.

  1. Marley5

    Marley5 ArboristSite Operative

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    I use to laugh at posts on here about people letting green Oak season for a couple years before burning, not any more.

    I had a big White Oak fall on my truck last December so I cut it up immediately " had to " and stacked in sun.
    It's a year old and sizzling, spitting moisture.

    I have an OWB and close to 15 cords of well seasoned Oak so doesn't really matter, I'll get back to it next year.

    Just surprised cause of the hot dry summer we had but also, I've always cut standing deads. 20190212_140351.jpg
     
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    U&A Addicted to ArboristSite

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    Is it appropriate to yell avalanche when that tree fell?

    Despite the unfortunate event of how that fell on your truck this picture is pretty cool how the everything is lying there

    This picture also reminds me how much I hate cutting trees that have fallen on driveways.

    I have red oak that is 3 years old and is finally Approaching dry enough to burn.


    Sent while firmly grasping my redline lubed RAM
     
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  3. panolo

    panolo Seldom right...Always opinionated!

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    Actually improved the look of that Avalanche :)

    It's a PIA to get it down to good levels. But it does burn well when it gets there!
     
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    Ted Jenkins Firewood by TJ

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    Here it takes about two months or cold winter to dry our wood out. All you have to do is move to California and you are all set. If you are struggling during the summer you have a problem. Some concepts that work really well are to use a fan when you have dry weather. Wood must be split well first then use a larger ventilating shop fan or squirrel cage. I can not imagine taking more than a month with a fan. Thanks
     
  5. jimdeere

    jimdeere ArboristSite Member

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    With white oak, the wait is worth it.
    A friend gave me some big rounds of sassafras he had cut out of a food plot. They had been piled up for two or 3 years.
    I brought them home and split them, moisture still oozed out. I stacked the splits in a shed for a year and they dried out and made wonderful stove wood.
     
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    One of the ugliest trucks ever doesn't look quite as bad when you smash/cover the front end!
     
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    Marley5 ArboristSite Operative

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    Well dang it !! Now I feel obligated to impress the arborists with another truck.

    Is my replacement truck satisfactory ?
    If not I'll likely trade it in :D.
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  8. panolo

    panolo Seldom right...Always opinionated!

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    Much better!
     
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    Idk if I would park it in the same spot. But the. Again maybe u really wanted a ford so your hoping another oak will find its way there. Just kidding. Nice truck
     
  10. Marley5

    Marley5 ArboristSite Operative

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    If you look behind the Truck you can see where I dropped another big chestnut Oak that could have been an issue so maybe I can keep this one awhile.
     
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    Does it have a Big Horn?:)
    Nice truck. Which motor did you get?
     
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    Marley5 ArboristSite Operative

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    5.7 Hemi but now I want the 6.4 lol
     
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    panolo Seldom right...Always opinionated!

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    Just went from the 6.4 to the 6.7 cummins. Really liked the 6.4. Great gas motor.
     
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    How do You like the 6.7? My boss bought one to toe the skid steer and mini around and at first i thought it had good power now I just notice the torque taking off more than power pulling a hill. My f150 with the 5.0 will pull hills the same with the skid steer as the Cummins will which I’m not a diesel guy but something isn’t right. I think it has close to 30,000 on it now.
     
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    Marley5 ArboristSite Operative

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    I've been towing for 20+ years with a variety of trucks......no comparison between gas engines vs Diesel.

    My brother tows a 21ft log trailer with his 6.7 Cummins like nothing.

    Something isn't right with your boss's truck......6.7 is a beast.
     
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    panolo Seldom right...Always opinionated!

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    I like it. Does tow better than my 6.4 but that motor was no slouch. I did delete it and change the exhaust so it runs a little hotter. Guessing he has something going on. When I hauled my buddies skid steer the other day I didn't even notice it back there besides his unbalanced trailer tires.
     
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    Most i towed with my 6.4 was a tad over 15,000 LBS.

    Truck is a 2016 Crew Cab, 4x4, 3500 SRW, Long Bed, 6.4 hemi with 35” tires and re-geared to 4.88’s. I wish i went 5.13’s. But its still much better than stock 3.73’s and 33” tires.

    It did fine with 15,000lbs but it is no diesel. It is definitely impressive for a gasser truck.


    Sent while firmly grasping my redline lubed RAM
     
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  18. Multifaceted

    Multifaceted Firewood Hoarder, Axe Enthusiast

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    I've got some red oak that has been seasoning in straight rows in full sun and wind for 2.5 years and most of it is about 20% MC. 2.5 years!

    I love burning it when dry, it's exceptional fuel, but man does it take forever. God forbid it ever gets wet again after drying...
     
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    how long was the white oak split?
     
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    You're headed in the right direction. One more tree falling and you'll get the final stage. :)
     

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