Your videos and sound is great Wayne. Good monies spent, especially if you got the monies out of the wife’s hiding spot for your birthday that she didn’t you would look there. Well that’s your birthday gift for this year and the next and next…
Looking for good idea’s for how to dry chunked wood in winter time in michigan type CLIMATE’S. OR how long a basket of fully chunked green wood, would take to dry in about 70 f degrees sitting on a shelf in my heated wood burner room in my shop.? THANKS
Cold air, like the outside air during winter, can hold very little moisture. Even a small amount of water vapor will saturate cold air such that it can hold no more (100% humidity). That is a problem if you want something to dry out. The moisture in your green wood chunks can’t evaporate into the surrounding air because it is already “full” of water, at least while it is so cold.
Now… the trick is to heat that cold air up. If you do that its potential to hold water goes way up. And because it couldn’t hold much water before, you know the newly warmed up air has a lot of potential to absorb more.
So… how to warm up that air? What’s the goal? So… you don’t need “hot” air, even warming winter air to 50-70 degrees will give you good drying potential. Solar has an easy time making cold air less cold to lukewarm. Exhaust heat can work as well but while it is hot it’s generally pretty “wet” with absorbed moisture and may not have much more capacity to absorb more. You might need a heat exchanger to keep the cold air you are heating up from mixing with the hot exhaust.
You need to keep the warm dry air around your wood chunks and have some flow to the air was well. As the air dries out your chunks it will become cooler and saturated with water. That air needs to leave the wood chunk envelope and get vented so that new warm dry air can replace it.
My chunks dries enough in a week, when i store them next to my boiler.
Wood always dries fast from the ends, in perfect weather about 1inch in 24hours.
After that inch has dried it goes MUCH slower, but thats no problem with our short chunks.
This is my wood dryer Kevin. Same climate. Maybe a little more humidity here close to the big lake. Of course it depends on how large the chunks are, but around inch and a half to two inches I can dry a 40 gallon load in a couple hours. That’s just a typical run time so it could be dry even earlier but I’ve never bothered to monitor it.
I have all the wood put up for our house, sugar shack and the kid’s cabins. Now I need firewood for the garage. Because it’s so late, I’m choosing birch for firewood. I had a guy drop off 6 cord of logs. 3 cord of birch and 3 cord of maple. Birch tends to have less moisture content when harvested in the winter therefor burns better when it’s not seasoned. I found that out the first winter we move here. I will split these up a little smaller to burn better.
Last winter I bought this log splitter for the skid steer for this reason. I cut the logs down to 2’ long and then yse this 6 way splitter. The split logs won’t be small enough, so I split them again with my smaller splitter.