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Old 03-23-2020, 08:04 PM
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I've been cutting down some brush and unwanted trees. Putting them into a pile to be burned once they're dry.

I was wondering how long cut trees need to sit before they are dry enough to burn. The trees are anywhere from branches, up to 10-12 inch trunks. Mostly elms, mulberry, and some red cedar.

I was planning on doing it this fall. Would they be dry enough by then?
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I dropped a half dozen trees over the weekend and burned them same day. Get a few busted pallets and throw in with them.. then some brush and a bit of oil on a good sunny day. They'll burn fine. The heat will drive out the moisture and they'll catch.

Now if you were talking firewood, then a year.
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until its dry.

Sorry. It depends on species, temp, humidity, how its stored...a host of factors.

That being said. I'd guess a year as well. At least here thats usually how long it takes to get a decent burn out on large stuff.
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As said above, this is species and method specific. You can easily google wood drying times by species. There are also some tried and true methods that facilitate effective curing/drying.

I mostly cut and burn standing deadwood, so itís ready to burn immediately. If itís a live tree I would typically wait 2 years if I couldnít control all the environmental variables. I only have space to cure 4 chords at a time and I burn from 7-8, so sometimes I have wood on a two year cure cycle.
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You get a fire going and they will burn just fine.
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I cut my firewood about 12 month in advance, but I cut and burn slash piles of brush and seedlings all year.
I find that brush piles will burn after being piled up for a couple months.
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I was planning on doing it this fall. Would they be dry enough by then?
Yes, they would. They're dry enough right now. Start a fire and throw them on as you take them down. If you're burning 10-12 inch mulberry you're wasting a lot of excellent firewood, FYI.
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As others have said, ideally a year. If you have a means to accelerate drying (we put ours in a pole barn that acts like a kiln on a hot day and also took rain out of the equation) it would be faster.

You can get any wood to burn if you have a high enough heat source and other fuel to get it going, but it burns much better if its sufficiently dried out.
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Jeeze, apparently I've been doing it "wrong" all these years. I've burned wood the same day it's been cut down. Woops.

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I've been cutting down some brush and unwanted trees. Putting them into a pile to be burned once they're dry.

I was wondering how long cut trees need to sit before they are dry enough to burn. The trees are anywhere from branches, up to 10-12 inch trunks. Mostly elms, mulberry, and some red cedar.

I was planning on doing it this fall. Would they be dry enough by then?
Sit them out in the rain for 6 months, than stack them up for 6 months under cover. Perfect for the fire place !
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We dropped a large oak in May. Left the leaves on it until Dec. to pull some of the water out. It is burning fine in the stove. Took out some maple in April same method pile it with the leaves on it has been good burning all winter.
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If youre talking about just burning to get fit d of it, start with dry wood and the green wood will burn. I think some people thought you were talking about burning in a stove or fire place when they say a year.
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For woodstoves:
Logs over 8 inch & up diameter not laying directly on the ground, 1 year
Sheltered split stacked firewood a summer.

Branch's, brush & slash included will burn green, started with an accelerant.
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Did anybody actually read the first line of original post?
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Enough diesel fuel anything will burn.
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Did anybody actually read the first line of original post?
Sure seems like not many did. It's a free internet forum. What're you gonna do?
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Green wood makes for a lot of creosote buildup and chimney fires.
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