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Old 12-31-2017, 11:46 PM   #1
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I’m using one of those 10 ton manual hydraulic wood splitters and most of the cherry logs I’m splitting were easy. I hear the crackling almost on the first touch. Then I have some that are hard as rocks, with the first one taking 3 minutes on the low pressure lever. Both sides of the log shot out 25 feet from all the pressure and pretty much almost made me wet my pants.

I bought 1/4 cord of the cherry in August and they have been sitting in the elements. These are also the same logs that kill my coal bed when I use them. Are these just bad wood?
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I've had a couple of these. It does scare the crap out of you when they go flying. Some say the tree was stuck by lightning as they just don't burn. Now if they don't start cracking after a few cranks I pull them out and set them aside.

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Setting them aside... like not use them at all?
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Setting them aside... like not use them at all?
Mixed results. Most I can season longer and they split easier. A couple just would not burn so I pulled them out of the fire and tried them on a later cook and they did the same thing... Smolder and never really light.

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Yep. Only takes a couple of those and you learn to take it out and try a different split.

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Sounds like a moisture problem, got any woodworker friends with a moisture meter?
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Sounds like a moisture problem, got any woodworker friends with a moisture meter?
......actually, General makes a cheap one, I was not aware you could get one for under $200
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Damn, that’s not bad at all
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Nothing mysterious going on here, you just got a knotty piece. Even though cherry is pretty soft wood, the knots will be very difficult to split.

If it's not lighting off, it's either too big for the fire you have going, or too moist. Cherry, if it was cut green, needs to season in the sun for several months before you try to burn it.
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I bough it in August and It was supposedly cut in June. So it’s been awhile, just maybe some knotty logs then. My firebox is 16x20x16 so it’s on the small side.
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Cherry wood is weird to split for me and always twist when split and think it just the nature of the wood .
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Good info! My only experience is with pecan and oak. If they have knots they usually split at the knot and leave me with an award fat-bottom split.

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