I have been burning firewood for years and greatly prefer to cut my own. Actually I really enjoy it so I know that makes me a sicko in many books. I know that drying wood off the stump usually takes from 6 to 9 months. I prefer to dry using a split, stacked , uncovered pile so the air can blow through it.
I have been cutting a large red oak today that blew down this summer so it is still very wet. Ordinarily this wood would be next winters, but I am running low on wood and do not want to buy “unknown” wood. I have checked on the internet for ideas on quickly drying wood and have come up with little except for one interesting idea.
Cut and split your wood and stack against a wood rail fence. (I guess a chain link would work too) Cover the pile with 4 or 6 mil clear plastic leaving a gap of about a foot on each side at the bottom for air flow. Peak the plastic up over the top of the wood pile so the condensation will run down the sides of the plastic and onto the ground. Of course I will tinker with this a bit so the plastic will not come into contact with the wood at all. According to the site this will dry wood in 4-6 weeks.
Has anyone tried this method or has any other tips?