Firewood is a hot topic (pun intended) for most woodland owners. A recent survey showed that about two-thirds of owners have collected firewood for their personal use in the last ten years. The research on firewood production and processing is limited, but there is considerable experience among people; some of whom have heated with wood their entire life.
A webinar on "Firewood from Private Woodlands was offered on September 16, 2015. A link to the archive is here. The webinar covers examples of strategies, types of equipment, a primer on tree selection for cutting, safety tips, research on storage and drying, and regulations for NY sales and transportation.
This blog will hopefully prompt people to share their stories and their strategies. What equipment do you use? Do you block the logs in the woods or near where you stack and store the wood? Do you concentrate the cutting in one area of your woods or disperse the cutting? What is the best (favorite) season to cut wood? Most importantly, how long do you season your wood before burning? If the seasoning period is short, what other steps do you take?
A few handouts and other items are attached below.
One of the webinar attendees has posted a picture of his "firewood ready" compact tractor. See that here http://cornellforestconnect.ning.com/photo/tractor-forestry-mod The limb guard and FOPS (see the picture) are connected from the frame to the ROPS. Neat system. Share your pictures.
Firewood quick reference firewood%20chart%20-%20average%20volume%20by%20diameter.pdf
Firewood from Private Woodlands (pdf of webinar) Firewood%20from%20Private%20Woodlots.sept.2015.compressed.pdf