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Unread 06-11-2013, 10:48 AM   #1
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Default 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?

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I would think covering it would be like inviting black widows and brown recluses to set up shop...
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So I guess that would be a no.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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i never cover wood.. i stack it a good 6" off the ground.. and let it do its thing.. no rotting wood over here..
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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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