We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
A tree guy I know just dumped me off a cord or so of green wood, for free and freshly cut from one of his jobs. Some logs large enough for splitting, but much of easily-burnable size.
People who are not fireplace experts think you need kiln-dried split wood for heat or for fireplaces. You do not.
As readers know, I keep the fire going in the MF HQ from October to May. I keep a supply of split and outdoor-dried wood, but once a fire is happy with coals I like to burn either green or wet logs. More heat, less flame, slower burn. Green wood burns fine once you have some coals. Sometimes, I throw a couple of hunks of charcoal in there to keep it hot and happy.
Growing up in South Carolina I had a cousin who seemed to have a fire going in the living room way into spring and starting early in the fall. In exchange for being let run free on his farm for hunting, horse riding etc. I did chores, including split his green firewood. Once the coals were established there were never more than one or two logs on the fire, slowly hissing, steaming, and burning away. Anytime I smell (or hear) green wood burning it brings back memories of his farm.
Kiln drying seems a bit overkill. If you go that far, you might as well make charcoal.
Obviously, the seasoned wood has more effective BTUs since there is less water to take up the energy changing state to steam. This is important if you are in a steam engine race but for an open fire, a slow ember burn will maintain heat better than are roaring flame blasting the heat up the chimney. I would expect some of the steam produced would increase the humidity a bit also producing a warmer sensation in the space.
On trick I read in an old farm book for quick seasoning wood, is to cut it when it is in leaf then let it lie until all the leaves have fallen off, then limb and buck it. As long as their is sap, the leaves will hang on till it is all used up.
I have a hard time reconciling the image of this space with the oft posted picture of you after your successful turkey hunt. I have a hunch this image of a comfortable office might be ruse. Still, in the interest of science I have to ask, is this the place of blogging?
I have a hard time reconciling the image of this space with the oft posted picture of you after your successful turkey hunt. I have a hunch this image of a comfortable office might be ruse. Still, in the interest of science I have to ask, is this where you write you posts?
Pardon my amusement, but comments #8 and #9 came from a single commenting session interrupted by preventative spam measures. I edited one bit to jink around the anti-spam monster and successfully comment twice with the same page. Please tell me this is a first at Maggie's.