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Old 06-09-2011, 02:30 AM
 
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Wow, THANKS to everyone so much for all the great ideas and advice. Hauled home a couple of old pallets I got for free today. Looks like we'll be getting 1/2 tamarack 1/2 Red Fir for $180 for 1.25 Cord.

We bought a Moisture Meter today. I think it is a "must" for the un-trained eye. The Fir that came with our property and has been sitting awhile tested at 8% (very dry), the wood a neighbor took done from last year was 30% and the dead stuff I cut from the yard was about 12%. I like my little moisture tool/toy.

Thanx again!
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Old 06-09-2011, 01:16 PM
 
Location: Jewel Lake (Sagle) Idaho
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...We used 15 cords last winter..
Dang, that's alot of wood. I usually burn 3-4 cords.


With regards to stacking, I put two strips of evenly sized splits on the ground and stack on them. A couple 2x4 or 2x6s would work too. I don't like pallets, seems like I always end up walking/tripping on them to the the wood in the rear row.
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Old 06-09-2011, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Niagara Falls ON.
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Don't you folks out there have any decent hardwood to burn? No maple, oak, birch, beech etc????
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Old 06-09-2011, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Hauser Lake,ID
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conifers dominate 1000 to1
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Old 06-09-2011, 04:22 PM
 
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We used 15 cords last winter.

Whoa! That's a lot of firewood.
What a great way to get your kids to leave the nest.
"Hey Jr., we need another load of wood".

My uncle in Wyoming burns 2 1/2 to 3 cords a winter in a pretty good sized house.
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Old 06-09-2011, 09:29 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Niagara Falls ON.
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Man we are lucky here in Ontario. I used to have this big old house with no insulation, lousy windows and the wind just whistled through that old place. I had my own hardwood bush but it was not even worth my time and effort to cut and split wood. There was a mill near me that made hickory implement handles. All the cutoffs and slabs and other assorted pieces went into an old triaxle sitting at the end of a conveyer. He would bring a whole triaxle over to my place for $125. I had a wood furnace and a kitchen stove. It was so funny, there would be 4 ft of snow on the ground and about 5 ft out from the walls of my house the grass was green from the tremendous heatloss. One Feb. day it was -35 and a friend of mine showed up from the city. He laughed his head off because I was running around the house in my shorts and tee shirt, I had all the doors open and it was over 90 degrees in the house.
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Old 06-10-2011, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Jewel Lake (Sagle) Idaho
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Don't you folks out there have any decent hardwood to burn? No maple, oak, birch, beech etc????
No maple, oak or beach, unless someone is taking down a lawn tree. There is some birch, which isn't great anyway. I don't think there is a hickory in the state. Predominantly conifers out this way. There is a bright spot-tamarack and red fir split really nice, not like oak! And also make decent fuel. Not up there with a good hardwood, but not bad.
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Old 06-12-2011, 09:07 AM
 
Location: on the road to new job
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We used 15 cords last winter.

Whoa! That's a lot of firewood.
What a great way to get your kids to leave the nest.
"Hey Jr., we need another load of wood".

My uncle in Wyoming burns 2 1/2 to 3 cords a winter in a pretty good sized house.
Yep, the house we had wasn't insulated too much - lotta leakage. Plugged the cracks with triplefoam. We're up high in NM - and now in need of a new home, since we got pushed out from the fire. When I lived up on Wind River Rez we used 4 cords.
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Old 06-12-2011, 09:08 AM
 
Location: on the road to new job
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Don't you folks out there have any decent hardwood to burn? No maple, oak, birch, beech etc????
If I had that pretty wood - it wouldn't be going into the fireplace! We have some birch - but it provides very little btu's, so we make canoes.
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Old 06-14-2011, 05:52 PM
 
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Yep, the house we had wasn't insulated too much - lotta leakage. Plugged the cracks with triplefoam. We're up high in NM - and now in need of a new home, since we got pushed out from the fire. When I lived up on Wind River Rez we used 4 cords.
Ok, that makes more sense. I had a cousin that lived in a mobile home in Dubois and he couldn't hardly stop hunting firewood all year to get ready for winter..
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