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Old 01-02-2018, 05:21 AM   #16
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I bough it in August and It was supposedly cut in June. So itís been awhile, just maybe some knotty logs then. My firebox is 16x20x16 so itís on the small side.
Are you splitting the wood shortly before using it? It needs to season for a while after you split it. If the rounds were cut in June and have been whole since then, they will have seasoned some, but not enough to just split and burn. Also, knots are denser than straight-grained wood and will take longer to season.
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Old 01-02-2018, 09:52 AM   #17
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I've split a lot of wood, some pieces are just tough.
You can try splitting from the other direction or splitting the edges off, but if your using a hydraulic splitter, and it's not happening, just chuck it and move on, burn it in a fire pit, chuck it in the woods, use it for a doorstop, but forget about it, it's not worth the aggravation or potential injury.
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Old 01-02-2018, 10:28 AM   #18
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I have a good pile of the bad stuff now. I always pictured knotted logs would be the one with the grain in different directions but these seem rather straight. This stuff just went up to the wedge and it made an indention like it was a piece of clay.

Maybe Iíll wait until I have a larger firebox and burn the crap out of them. Theyíre about 18 inches long and half of a round branch so itís freaking huge in my Bandera firebox.
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Old 01-02-2018, 10:33 AM   #19
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Hereís a pic of the firebox last night. Look at that cherry split in the middle not giving a damn. Had to drop in some charcoal to help out but in the morning the whole log was still intact. It was one of the flyers.

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Hereís a pic of the firebox last night. Look at that cherry split in the middle not giving a damn. Had to drop in some charcoal to help out but in the morning the whole log was still intact. It was one of the flyers.

IMO, your splits are way too big. Half that width will work much better
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Czar, that's what the wood I got recently did. I'm going to assume it's just in need of more seasoning. I'd set it aside and try it in a few more months.
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IMO, your splits are way too big. Half that width will work much better

Well, thatís the point of this thread. Iím having a hard time splitting my cherry logs.
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Got a chainsaw? Maybe you can just zip it down the middle.
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As someone mentioned earlier, wood doesnít really start to season until it has been split. 6 months is my minimum before Iíll try and use it. A year for oak.
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As someone mentioned earlier, wood doesnít really start to season until it has been split.

The wood came split somewhat. Itís the process of breaking them down even more is what Iím having issues with.

See the half logs here. Iím trying to split them again so I wonít have huge spikes in my temps.

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[QUOTE=Czarbecue;3926785]Well, thatís the point of this thread. Iím having a hard time splitting my cherry logs.[/QUOTE

I guess I thought it was about why the wood wasnít burning. I apologize for being off topic...
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I heat with wood, and split it all by hand (sledge hammer and wedge), so I've split quite a bit of wood over the years. I'm not seeing anything in that stack that would be a problem to split by hand, much less with a wood splitter. Most of it looks like it could be split with just an ax. I'm wondering if you're orienting it properly in the wood splitter?
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I heat with wood, and split it all by hand (sledge hammer and wedge), so I've split quite a bit of wood over the years. I'm not seeing anything in that stack that would be a problem to split by hand, much less with a wood splitter. Most of it looks like it could be split with just an ax. I'm wondering if you're orienting it properly in the wood splitter?

Iíve done bark side down and bark side up. Not sure if it makes a difference.
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Typically you stand the piece of wood on one end and split it from the top down (lengthwise along the grain). It sounds like you're laying it on its side and trying to split it while it is lying flat. While it is possible to split wood that way, it is a whole lot harder.
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^^^^

What he said.
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