[Greenbuilding] firewood moisture content - a question for Norbert perhaps

Sacie Lambertson sacie.lambertson at gmail.com
Sat Dec 17 11:41:05 PST 2011


Frank,
Your comments on the utility/efficiency of maintaining several covered
stacks of wood several years in advance, is exactly spot on.  Seeing those
stacks along the lane is entirely satisfactory.

Heating with wood and all the 'work' connected to it speaks to the soul of
me.  Not only is this type of heat the best, obviously appealing to our
ancient instincts, but the entire process is enjoyable, including moving
around our land picking up sticks, breaking them into a good length and
dropping them into the bucket.  Even the sound is lovely to my ears.  I
feel squirrel-like as I'm cleaning up, even though I abhor seeing those
rats with tails around our bird feeders.  This is one of the best parts of
winter, among many.

I never mind bringing in that armload of wood to fill our indoor-next to
the stove stack.  Or all the necessary work good for the cause.  I'm very
glad we don't live in one of those holes where inversions discourage or ban
wood burning; these emissions the only downside to the whole business.

This written on a 50 degree day in NE Kansas with a predicted warm winter
ahead.  And no fire started for the day.

cheers,  Sacie
On Sat, Dec 17, 2011 at 11:16 AM, Frank Tettemer <frank at livingsol.com>wrote:

>
>   To achieve 15% or less, I dry the wood, in full sun, in single or double
> rows at the most, under scrap roofing steel, or other water-shedding
> materials for a two year period before burning.
>
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