When to fell trees for firewood (general discussion)

by GeneMO, Central Missouri, Thursday, March 14, 2019, 19:15 (71 days ago)

Few years ago we were talking to a chimney sweep feller. He was saying only cut trees in November and December, when sap is down.

OK, so I understand that, and agree it makes sense. Trouble is, I didn't get all the trees felled that I wanted when it was really cold a few months ago, and we have just had terrible weather, so I thought I would cut about 5 or 6 smaller hickory.

Problem is my wife was privy to that chimney sweep saying that and she is like, "NO, don't cut them now, it will soot up the chimney and burn the house down"

I grew up helping my dad cut firewood, and we cut it whenever we got time. Period.

Naturally we were busy this time of year getting ready to plant, and working with cattle, so probably never cut much in early March.

But it was still in the single digits here on the 3-5th. Been cold as heck all winter. No trees are budded, not even forsythia. A few tulips are breaking the surface though.

Ideas?

Thanks, Gene

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When to fell trees for firewood

by Fawteen ⌂, East Overshoe, Maine, Thursday, March 14, 2019, 19:16 (71 days ago) @ GeneMO

Don't matter, as long as you make sure it's dry/seasoned before burning. It'll just take longer to dry if the sap is "up".

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When to fell trees for firewood

by Dieselrider ⌂, West Central, PA, Friday, March 15, 2019, 05:08 (71 days ago) @ Fawteen

Yep, what Fawteen says. Give it a year after cutting splitting and stacking. Should be good by next winter if cut now. Can also check around: In our area you can usually get a log truck load of trees cut when standing dead and already dried if you can't get enough of your own felled in time.

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When to fell trees for firewood

by Ron ⌂, Central Pennsylvania, Friday, March 15, 2019, 05:13 (71 days ago) @ Fawteen

Don't matter, as long as you make sure it's dry/seasoned before burning. It'll just take longer to dry if the sap is "up".

I agree. If you think the sap really goes down, cut a maple in the middle of January and cut it to burning lengths. Let it set for a day or two in freezing temps then split it. It's so sap laden it'll split easy with a splitting mall.

No offense to your sweep, but I learned a lot more from a good forester. Up here, November can still come and go before our first decent frost.

Figure on drying your wood for at least a year, two is better, but once it's split and stacked for air flow, a fan makes a world of difference.

Lowe's, Harbor freight, and Home Depot, all sell moisture meters. Stihl sells one that I've heard great reviews about. Somewhere under the $30.00 range.

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When to fell trees for firewood

by GeneMO, Central Missouri, Friday, March 15, 2019, 13:23 (71 days ago) @ GeneMO

Talking of moisture testers, what moisture are you looking for??

Gene

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When to fell trees for firewood

by Ron ⌂, Central Pennsylvania, Friday, March 15, 2019, 14:01 (71 days ago) @ GeneMO

I always wanted mine under 20% but preferred to be under 17%, which was no problem at all with a 2 year storage.

I've burned much higher and had little or no problem provided I cranked my stack temperature way up at least once a day.

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When to fell trees for firewood

by ma10, Friday, March 15, 2019, 14:59 (71 days ago) @ Ron

i say....whenever it ain't hot enuf to give you heat stroke from all that work, when the snakes are hibernatin' and the damn bugs won't eatcha up. if any or all of this is in play....go fishin' instead.

When to fell trees for firewood

by Ron ⌂, Central Pennsylvania, Friday, March 15, 2019, 15:45 (71 days ago) @ ma10

Wish I had a fishin hole.

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