Drying your wood

General Discussions: ASK John: Drying your wood

By booondocker on Monday, September 28, 2009 - 08:34 pm: Edit Post

Since this wood in your wood pile has just been cut, I would expect that it is quite green yet. I know the boiler furnaces can burn green wood, but wonder if you are loosing much efficiency by not letting the wood season for one year?? Hotter fire...etc.

By admin on Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 08:22 am: Edit Post

Two things come to play. First, I don't think it takes much energy to evaporate the moisture in the wood. Time yes, energy no. So not much BTU's are lost due to the wood being wet. Secondly, the boiler only cycles for heat for around 20-30 minutes every 4-8 hours- depending on the outside air temp. So that means for most of the time it is just smoldering and that smoldering process dries out the wood to some extent.

I guess the bottom line is I have not noticed any difference between burning the wet wood vs. burning the seasoned wood in my boiler.


By rp7x on Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 05:42 pm: Edit Post

how hard is it to start the fire with wet wood

By admin on Tuesday, September 29, 2009 - 08:31 pm: Edit Post

I have never had to start the fire with the wet wood. Always had some scraps from building or woodworking around to use, but imagine it would be a challenge.


By rp7x on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - 09:10 am: Edit Post

how often do you have to relite the fire thanks

By admin on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - 09:12 am: Edit Post

Pretty much never. I do shut things down once a year to clean and do some maintainence, but it really takes a lot for it to go completely out by itself.


By rp7x on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 - 03:00 pm: Edit Post

i think we may need to see a vidieo of your wood stove in action ps had my first fire in my shop today

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