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

Corwyn corwyn at midcoast.com
Sun Dec 18 11:27:14 PST 2011

On 12/18/2011 9:53 AM, bill.allen at verizon.net wrote:
> There has been a lot of discussion about the benefits of "fine split wood".  For this novice, how big is "fine split"?
> I'm assuming each log is cut to 16 inches and then split....but how small are you talking?

The old rule of thumb was the log should fit through a 4 inch circle. 
Sadly, (around here at least) you won't get purchased wood that small. 
The size *really* depends on more variables than that.  New fires get 
smaller wood, wet wood gets split smaller, shoulder seasons get smaller 
wood, late night fills to hot fires get big pieces.

I keep a small splitting maul in the basement to further split wood.  It 
is a maybe two pounds, and 16" long.  It won't split logs, or tricky 
stuff, but it makes great kindling and small pieces out of bigger ones.

Thank You Kindly,


Topher Belknap
Green Fret Consulting
Kermit didn't know the half of it...
topher at greenfret.com
(207) 882-7652

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