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Seasoned wood

Postby RUBYRW » Wed Sep 13, 2017 8:55 am

I am looking into buying some hickory in bulk, what is the minimum time it should be seasoned? I plan on putting the wood to work immediately. Does same time apply to cherry?

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Re: Seasoned wood

Postby tri3forme » Wed Sep 13, 2017 9:42 am

From what I understand, 6-8 months. The wood should sound a bit hollow when knocking them together. Not sure about cherry
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Re: Seasoned wood

Postby 02ebz06 » Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:20 am

I've always gone by a year.

Here are few couple links to compare seasoned and unseasoned wood.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lXLQ8Wtbpyc
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ekMjUB462I
https://youtu.be/w5HslvdxrLc
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Re: Seasoned wood

Postby Boots » Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:00 pm

Depends on where you are, humid dry climate, JMHO. Humid climate probably a year, drier climate probably 6 months or more. You can tell a lot from it by handling it, smelling it. If it has a very subtle smell, some loose bark in some places, and a dry feeling texture, you are probably on the right track. Any resin or all the bark is real tight, or if you stick it under yer nose and get a definite woodsy odor, mayebe you're not there yet.

Once you spend enough time around it, each kind of wood has its own smell and you can tell them apart, sometimes when dry and definitely when burning.
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Re: Seasoned wood

Postby OldUsedParts » Wed Sep 13, 2017 1:17 pm

If you can find and speak with some local "BBQ" dudes or dudettes they may be able to point you towards a "dependable supplier" - - - if you start with bad stuff then it probably won't get better with age. Good Luck :tup:
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Re: Seasoned wood

Postby rockinar » Wed Sep 13, 2017 11:54 pm

I'd give it about a year. For sure wont be ready for use immediately.
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Re: Seasoned wood

Postby kentatas » Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:44 am

rockinar wrote:I'd give it about a year. For sure wont be ready for use immediately.

I totally agreed with you, but it depends on the types of seasoned wood. This may help: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seasoned_Wood
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Re: Seasoned wood

Postby Chasdev » Fri Sep 15, 2017 5:03 pm

I've been hearing about seasoning wood in one year for a while now but I think that's bunk, unless the felled tree was already dead for quite a while.
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