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When is the Best Time to Cut Firewood?

When is the Best Time to Cut Firewood?
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Wondering when to split wood for next winter? We turn to the Yankee archives for the answer when it comes to the best time to cut firewood.

When is the Best Time to Cut Firewood?
When is the Best Time to Cut Firewood?

There is evidence that the moisture content of some species of trees increases considerably at leaf openings in April and May, so wood cut in March is drier and lighter to start with. Because splitting is so effective, it makes sense to split any logs about 5 inches or larger in diameter, especially the denser ones.

Of course, pile type and location are critical. If possible, raise the woodpile at least 8 inches off the ground. Locate your woodpile for best exposure to sun and wind, and cover only the top of the pile with plastic to keep excess water off the wood. If you do all this by early April at the latest, you’ll be sure to reap all the benefits that come with having a good supply of very dry wood.

Useful stuff from 75 years of Yankee: from “How to Read a Woodpile, November 1979


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Updated Friday, April 8th, 2016

One Response to When is the Best Time to Cut Firewood?

  1. NIBLETT April 19, 2016 at 8:32 pm #

    Well first off. I lived worked and chopped a lot of firewood in New Hampshire. My dad Alfred Niblett loved his fire wood Biz. It was established about 1976. Then grew from there till about 1996. During that time we started off with horses. That really was a special time. My uncle Sam Niblett had a dairy farm where the horses were boarded. Most of our logging at this point was just fire wood ( 100 to 200 cod a year ). The funny part is the horses would never walk to work. You would dress them and load them up with the gear for the day. And then walk them to the job site .NOW at the end of the day them horses new where home was and get out of the way. During the winter we would place a bell on their haims and on this one way road this horse could have 3 to 5 cars backed up. But I think the folks liked it. Anyways many old yank stories. I would like to give a shout out to our horse handler. The mans name was Percy Vincent Valentine Tremor. God rest his soul.

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