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Old 06-22-2018, 08:11 AM   #1
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The northeast may not be BBQ mecca, but there are some bbq-related perks to living here. Like when a cherry tree falls on your neighbor's property:



Does anyone know - is black cherry easier to split when it's green or after it's seasoned? I made the mistake of letting the logs from a white oak that fell on my property sit for a year before splitting it, learned it would have been much easier to split green.
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Old 06-22-2018, 08:17 AM   #2
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Ive never had any trouble splitting it green.
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Old 06-22-2018, 09:00 AM   #3
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Nice score there!

Split it green.
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Nice score.

I burn a fair amount of black cherry in my wood stove. Even though it is a soft, lightweight wood, it can be surprisingly difficult to split due to it being crooked, stringy, and knotty. I'd say probably not much difference between splitting it green vs. dry.

Cut those branches down to their final length as soon as possible, though. That will help them season out faster.
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Old 06-22-2018, 02:04 PM   #5
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Thanks. Yeah, I'll clean up the long bits this weekend. I just wanted to get out of the neighbor's yard as quickly as I could, didn't want to be running a chainsaw outside their window for too long.
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Cherry is one of the easiest splitting woods. Green, seasoned, don't matter. It POPS! apart. Love splitting cherry.

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split it now and it will season faster and I only season mine for a month or two tops but used it mixed with Hickory or Pecan .
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Old 06-22-2018, 06:11 PM   #8
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What a score! I'd split it now.
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Old 06-22-2018, 06:14 PM   #9
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Lucky you. Love the smell of cherry when cooking.
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Old 06-25-2018, 07:53 AM   #10
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Thanks for the advice to split it green, folks. Most of it really did just pop apart. Still a little sore this morning, though.





Guess it's time to build a firewood shed...
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