How to speed-season firewood?
November 6, 2011 5:28 PM Subscribe
We just bought a full face cord of firewood, all oak, pre-split, advertised as being dry & aged for 2 years. We got it from a craigslist seller who logs his land and sells firewood for a living, has been doing it for years with professional equipment and so forth, so it didn't just come from some random dude with a dead tree. Sounds like it should be pretty great to use in a fireplace, right?... Except it's not. The wood doesn't want to ignite and even when we stuff the fireplace with cardboard & paper, it'll get the wood hot enough to glow a little but then it just sits there sizzling. Any way to dry out this wood quickly so we can use it this winter?
posted by cuddles.mcsnuggy to home & garden (29 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
This is the first time we've bought a large amount of wood at once -- last year we just got bundles from the gas station, which burn great, but the expense adds up quickly. The new wood looks really dry, isn't heavy like it's wet and doesn't look green at all, but it's acting like it's not seasoned. We don't think it's just damp from weather because if it were, any moisture should burn off as the kindling burns, then the logs should burn. But it's not doing that. So now the Mr. is sitting here frowning at a dingy, temperamental, poor excuse for a fire. We do not want to demand money back from the seller. Any tips to make this work without having to wait another year for the woodpile to dry out & spend our life savings on gas station firewood in the meantime?