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How to stash firewood without it getting wet?

First realize that firewood has two qualities when it relates to moisture. Green/Seasoned Wet/Dry When a tree is cut down the wood is green. Over time the wood seasons, natural moisture in it ...
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Can smoldering logs be transported safely

Not inside anything you're in. A smouldering fire is pretty much the worst thing for generating carbon monoxide. That will poison you. I'd include the boot of a saloon car (trunk of a sedan?) as ...
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How much wood can the average person expect to chop in a day?

Back in the day, I fit the criteria in the question. Assuming the wood is down and has been seasoned. One Cord (128 cubic feet or 3.62 m³) a day is easy. I used to cut, split and load into the truck ...
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How to stash firewood without it getting wet?

You don't really have to keep it dry at all. If it is proper firewood, it has already dried. A little rain won't change that. To start a fire you can split the wood, which will be dry inside. Once ...
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How to stash firewood without it getting wet?

Don't chop it. If you haul in your wood unchopped with its bark still on, then it'll stay dry enough on the inside. We found a pile of wood buried in the snow at one winter camp, and had no troubles ...
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Dry Douglas Fir wood only creates smoke and no fire?

From the moisture content of the wood it is certainly dry enough to have a good fire. I would suggest that you don't have enough heat to fully ignite the gases. Wood burns through a process called ...
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Different woods and how they burn/what if we are unsure of the wood?

In my particular area (Alabama, USA), I can mostly tell how well something is going to burn by the hardness of the wood, the density of it, and the general ratio of late to early growth in cut ...
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Can smoldering logs be transported safely

What firefighter could resist a question like this? As a rule of thumb, never kick a smoldering log to put it out, especially not in a dry environment where water is scarce. Smoke is the ...
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Different woods and how they burn/what if we are unsure of the wood?

It's hard to be absolutely certain without a specific goal for the firewood, but there are some generic things to look for: Sap: Sap-rich woods usually produce a lot of smoke, often black or dark ...
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How to identify dead wood in winter

I find this fairly easy, but not as easy to explain. Knowing the types of trees and how they usually look helps a lot, dead branches will usually stand out a fair bit in my experience. Loss of bark. ...
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What is the energy difference between green and seasoned fire wood?

TLDR You need about 15 to 20% more green wood to achieve the same amount of heating as with seasoned wood. Calculation According to the linked Wikipedia article green wood weighs 70-100% more than ...
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Is a tree that has been standing dead for a year dry enough for firewood?

Maybe you could start by burning the thinner branches before moving on to the bits that are thick enough to need splitting, but it probably hasn't dried enough, without much surface area and that ...
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Does firewood have to be stored inside or is storing it in a lean-to sufficient?

Very simply, the drier the wood, the more efficiently it burns, and the easier it lights. A lean-to on the downwind side of the house is very common as a long-term wood store (there's generally a ...
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Suvival: logs/wood, split or not to split?

TL:DR Other than what splitting is required for making kindling, there is little benefit to splitting wood in most short term survival situations. Stealth A several of the points in your question, ...
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Is a tree that has been standing dead for a year dry enough for firewood?

The dead wood will certainly be dryer than it was when the tree was alive. However, whether it's dry enough is uncertain. Cut it and see. You could offer to cut the tree in return for the wood. ...
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What to do with partially burned fire logs

Partially burned logs in my experience do not work well for restarting a fire but once you have a fire going, they burn just fine. Depending on the size of the sticks, I might use it as part of the ...
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How to light a fire with wet firewood?

even wood that's been kept covered is often very wet and can be difficult to light. I will second that. Some people claim their wood is dry, but if you go look at how they "cover" it, sometimes you ...
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How to light a fire with wet firewood?

Since you mentioned pre-cut firewood, I'm assuming you're car camping or at some other location where you can easily bring some store-bought materials (not backpacking). By far the easiest way I've ...
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How much wood can the average person expect to chop in a day?

Let's elaborate on this shall we? A cord of wood is 4ft wide x 4 ft high x 8 feet long. At 53 years old. Swinging an 8lb wedge, between bucking, splitting and stacking. If I haul a lot of butt, a full ...
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Is a tree that has been standing dead for a year dry enough for firewood?

I have done lots of heating via firewood, and while wood from a standing dead tree is pretty dry, once it has been sawn into lengths there is so much more surface area that you can then dry it out ...
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What to do with partially burned fire logs

It depends on the resources available. Wood may be thick or thin, wet (green) or dry. You start the fire with the most combustible material, i.e. thin/dry, and then make a judgement about what to ...
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Dispersed camping allowing gathered wood fires within 5 hours of San Francisco?

Five hours from San Francisco is enough to reach a good chunk of the Sierras and even further north in the area of Lassen and Shasta. There are large areas of national forest within this range. ...
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How to stash firewood without it getting wet?

Stack the wood in a row, lying east to west (for equatorial exposure to the sun) Split wood tends to burn better than whole round pieces of branches - as splitting exposes the inner layers of the tree ...
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Which wood sources produce toxic smoke?

At The Wood Database is a table of 235 wood types—intended for woodworkers—which indicates the irritation reactions, type of irritations (skin, eyes, respiratory), and irritation potency. ...
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What are the steps you would go through to teach someone how to split logs?

You will get it within half an hour, if you're a little handy. Preparation: Take a splitting maul Taking safety shoes might be wise Select the biggest log to use it as 'table'. Safety tips for when ...
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Does firewood have to be stored inside or is storing it in a lean-to sufficient?

Yes, many (most?) people keep their firewood outside. You may want to bring it inside a day prior to burning to maximize the amount of BTU so that it burns hotter and also create less residue (...
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What temperature do different parts of a wood fire produce?

Finding a clear answer to the temperatures of a wood burning fire will be difficult because each type of wood will burn at different temperatures. Softwoods are going to burn hotter than hardwoods ...
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Different woods and how they burn/what if we are unsure of the wood?

Question said: Hazel burns well, but Alder tends not to burn so well Good and well very based on many variables... As a solid fuel, Alder kiln dried logs are a good choice. However, because ...
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Do chipmunks hibernate in woodpiles, and, if so, how do I avoid disturbing them when taking wood from the pile?

From your profile, I think your chipmunk is the Eastern Chipmunk, Tamias striatus. They're the most common chipmunk species in Virginia. That's what I have too, so this answer is based on the behavior ...
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