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OT Firewood Cutting

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  1. TC

    TC TS Member

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    OT Firewood Cutting Length

    I need to cut up a few Locust and Oak trees this weekend. What is the most desirable cut length for firewood?
     
  2. ESMDHokie

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    18-21"
     
  3. Jeff P

    Jeff P Well-Known Member

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    Not to be too flippant...but it depends on the size of the fireplace.

    I have a really nice insert, but it can only handle 15" logs, and 13" are a lot better. The best part is that I can damp it down and it burns so little wood that one armload can last me most of a day. But it still heats the upper two floors of a 2,500 sq foot house - about 1,600 feet total, with an 800 foot half basement. The furnace simply doesn't run when I have a fire going....
     
  4. 100straight

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    If you are selling it I would cut it 16". For many years I sold firewood commercially, and 16" was the most acceptable length to the majority of my customers.

    Shoot well and often,

    Mark.
     
  5. halfmile

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    16 inch is proper for cordwood, a face cord is a single row, a full cord is a triple row. I forget the height and length.

    HM
     
  6. capvan

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    A cord of wood is a pile 4 ft. high, 4 ft. wide and 8 ft. long. All the other terms, i.e. "fireplace cord", "face cord", etc. are nonsense and subject to interpretation. Here in Vermont, there are elected town officials that settle disputes as to what a "cord" of wood is. They are known as surveyors of woods and timber.
    Bruce
     
  7. SeldomShoots

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    Interesting, here in Indiana we call the "face cord" a rick of wood and 3 ricks make a cord, 4'x4'x8'. Most folks here try to cut about 16" pieces unless you are cutting for an outdoor wood furnace. Some of the outdoor furnaces I have seen around here take 36" long pieces up to 18" in diameter. Sure saves time cutting and splitting, but its a back breaking job to load. John Ertel
     
  8. ESMDHokie

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    hmm, yeah my woodstove takes larger pieces than fireplaces it would seem.

    Phil
     
  9. merlynstrapguns

    merlynstrapguns Well-Known Member

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    14" is easier for the wife and kids to handle.(incase you don't get home in time to feed the stove............m
     
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