Just for George (it is complicated, I'm sure we all agree): I meant to
say I will bring 1 (ONE) cord of wood into my basement, every few (FEW)
weeks (just one at a time, mind you), for approximately 8 times (which
I assume covers the cold period here is NJ). That makes 8 (EIGHT) cords
per winter. I have 20 cords right now outside my driveway, so I know
how much work it is to stack and split. The good thing about a furnace
is that it takes unsplit wood up to around 10-12" diameter.
No, it is not complicated. You could have simply
said that you intended to burn 8 cords during the
winter season and to move it into the basement as
needed. I was pushing you to clarify if you would
really stack 8 cords in your basement since 8
cords would fill a 10 x 17 room stacked 6 feet high.
It really doesn't matter, the real point is that 8
cords is way to much. Furnaces, because of the
way they are operated tend to be use more wood
than a regular stoves but 8 cords is still a high
Now for the saw question. The blade doesn't need
to be messed with very often. You ought to be
sharpening your chain at least every cord (assume
16" long blocks), possibly more depending on the
type of wood. You may want to lightly draw file
the blade every 3-4 cords just to make sure that
sharp edges are not developing and to keep the top
and bottom flat. With good oiling, keeping the
blade out of the dirt, a sharp chain, and
reasonable tension, the blade shouldn't need
attention more than every 5-6 cords and probably
would need replacement for 40 cords or more. You
will run through 3-4 chains before you need to
replace the blade.
Cutting in a curve may indicate a blade wearing on
one side but most likely is cause by incorrect
sharpening (teeth sharper on one side).
Well that makes sense, dumb me! He loads a (1)
cord eight times. I guess he could load the same
cord eight times, meaning that he moved the same
cord into the basement eight times. But if he
does that, doesn't he have to move it out to again
move it back in? loads it into? eight times?
Seems like he would have to load (move) the same
cord 24 times, 8 into the basement and 8 out of
the basement and then 8 more into the basement. I
don't see why he would move it into the basement
just to move it back out and then again move it
into the basement.
You mean I got it wrong? or did he mean he was
moving a cord into the basement and after a few
weeks he would move another cord into the
basement. He would do this with eight cords.
Let's see, a few weeks means 3 or 4 weeks, so lets
split it and make it 4 x 3 weeks and 4 times 4
weeks. That's 28 weeks. Where the hell does this
guy live that winter is 28 weeks long?
Give it up George. You were wrong to start with. It was perfectly
clear to anyone who can read English. You have now compounded it by
picking some numbers to justify an unwarrantable conculusion. FEW = 2
or more. 16 weeks or even 24 is not an unreasonable period. By the
way. When discussing a chainsaw it is a BAR not a blade.
Are these full, honest cords of wood? 2-tons each, air-dried? 128 cu.
That's one huge amount of wood to be packing into a house, by any of
the means suggested.
You might be well-served by sealing and insulating the house, and
installing efficient (read also, clean) wood-burner(s). Then the wood
could also sit longer, and dry further.
Lower temps, and zoning help a lot, too.
I burn around 6 cord a year. One armful at a time or a barrow full it
all comes into the house eventually. Curious here. Where did you get
2 tons per cord? AFAIK the specifications of a cord do not mention
weight. While all wood has approx the same BTU per pound, the weight
per cord will vary all over the place.
2 tons per cord is a pretty standard estimate.
Soft woods are around 30 pounds/ cubic foot and
hard woods are around 40 pound/cubic foot.
So 30 x 128 = 3840, and 40 x 128 = 5120 and you
have variables of water content and air space.
Air space is likely to range from 10 to 20 percent
and so is water.
4000 pounds (2 tons) per cord is a reasonable
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