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PerryPizza 09-05-2009 06:55 AM

Ideal size of firewood
Just wondering if there is a general consensus on the ideal thickness of firewood splits? (I'm using oak).

Neil2 09-05-2009 09:40 AM

Re: Ideal size of firewood
I split mine down to an end area of about 3 inches by 3 inches.

PerryPizza 09-05-2009 09:42 AM

Re: Ideal size of firewood
That sounds quite thick, what sort of wood are you using?

skemcis 09-05-2009 03:19 PM

Re: Ideal size of firewood
I'm with Neil2 here. I use a mix of spruce,pine, fir. Hardwoods are not easy to find where I am. I find the trick is to split my kindling quite fine, then build the fire up gradually with larger blocks, usually 1/4 splits from 12-14" logs. Basically what I use to heat my house. Works for me.

david s 09-05-2009 05:01 PM

Re: Ideal size of firewood
Nothing thicker than your wrist is my general rule. And use free untreated wood whenever possible.

PerryPizza 09-06-2009 02:08 AM

Re: Ideal size of firewood
Seems like a good rule of thumb(!) to me...

ThisOldGarageNJ 09-07-2009 04:27 PM

Re: Ideal size of firewood
I actually have 2 or 3 piles of wood,
1. Pallets and wood shop scraps (self explanatory)
2. Nice well dried hardwood (about 3-4 inches across 16 long)
3. My neighbors maple tree ( quartered from a 20"log)

I often start the fire with the pallets or scraps, then throw in some not that dry neighbors maple tree, and when cooking I keep the heat going with some of the nice well dried hardwood that my nephew brings me (He works for a tree service and brings me an 8ft pick up truck full at a time of seasoned hardwood)

Once it gets up to heat its not a problem maintaining it with the dried hardwood, I keep 2 firebricks on the side of the oven and throw a log on top of them as needed...

P.S. pallets are painted to show they are made from hardwood and can withstand more weight, Unpainted pallets are usually made from pine


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