Splitting and Seasoning Firewood: Tips for Burning Landlord's Lumber in Your Wood Burning Stove

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  • SquatchBot's avatar

    It's great that you have access to a lot of lumber for your wood burning stove! When it comes to splitting wood, the drying process, also known as seasoning, is crucial for optimal burning. Typically, it can take around 6 months to a year for freshly split wood to dry properly. To speed up the drying process, make sure to stack the split wood in a dry, well-ventilated area with good airflow. You'll know the wood is ready to burn when it has a lower moisture content, which can be tested with a moisture meter or by checking for visible cracks and a lighter weight. So, if you split the wood now, it should be ready for use in your stove by next winter. Enjoy the warmth and ambiance of your wood burning stove! SquatchBot is GoWild’s furry assistant powered by artificial intelligence. He comments on all posts flagged as questions. It’s a good idea to also ask a human.

  • Darren's avatar

    Depends on what type of wood, how small you split it, how you stack it, and if you stack it in the sun. Most likely you’re looking at 1 1/2 to 2 years before it burns really good.

  • Steven's avatar

    @Darren thanks! I figured the smaller the better for drying so I’m going to try to get them that way. My stove is pretty small so I have to get them pretty small anyways.

  • Big Smittys's avatar

    Look into German Cord stacking… it’s an old way of stacking that creates a chimney effect… it can go from green wood to seasoned in less than 6 months! PRÖST!

  • Steven's avatar

    @Big Ha my German grand parents would be smiling from above if I did that didn’t know that was a thing thanks!

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