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Bamabuzzard 06-11-2013 10:48 AM

Do I need to cover wood while it seasons?
 
We had two red oak trees cut down on our property. Consequently I've got a ton of fire wood and bbq wood. I've got two questions.

1. How long does it normally take to season wood?

2. Should I cover it with a tarp or something?

Thanks in advance brethren.

deguerre 06-11-2013 10:52 AM

I would think covering it would be like inviting black widows and brown recluses to set up shop...

Bamabuzzard 06-11-2013 10:54 AM

So I guess that would be a no. :becky:

slow-smoker 06-11-2013 10:58 AM

I keep mine covered to keep it dry. That said, I always use gloves when I'm loading a cart full of wood and bugs don't last long in the firebox. :biggrin1:

HeSmellsLikeSmoke 06-11-2013 11:15 AM

You want to keep it up off the earth and also protect the top from rain in a manner that will allow air flow through the wood.

Split oak shoud take around 4-6 months to cure. Logs much more time.

Bamabuzzard 06-11-2013 11:24 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HeSmellsLikeSmoke (Post 2511815)
You want to keep it up off the earth and also protect the top from rain in a manner that will allow air flow through the wood.

Split oak shoud take around 4-6 months to cure. Logs much more time.

I have it off the ground on landscaping timbers. Maybe putting a piece of tin across the top would do.

DownHomeQue 06-11-2013 11:35 AM

i never cover wood.. i stack it a good 6" off the ground.. and let it do its thing.. no rotting wood over here..

HeSmellsLikeSmoke 06-11-2013 12:46 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bamabuzzard (Post 2511829)
I have it off the ground on landscaping timbers. Maybe putting a piece of tin across the top would do.

Tin, or corrigated metal, works great. Just have to make sure it is securely weighted down.


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