FIREWOOD SEASONING STUDY
A comparative study of drying time between conventionally sawn and split firewood and sheared and split firewood (Chomper wood).
The chart below shows the differences in the number of days for each species to reach the same dryness (percentage of moisture loss by weight).
SW = Conventionally sawn and split firewood
CW = Sheared and split firewood (Chomper wood)
Note: The table above shows conventionally sawn and split firewood processed from nine species of wood took an average of 127 plus days to reach the same dryness (moisture content) that Chomper processed wood achieved in 60 days. Chomper processed wood can be sold as seasoned wood much sooner than conventionally processed wood thereby increasing your profits.
Note: The samples for each species were taken from the same log, two 16" lengths sawn and two 16" lengths sheared. These blocks were then quartered making a total of sixteen pieces for each species. The initial moisture content and characteristics of the sample pieces were the same so test results could be accurately compared.
Tests were performed in 1987-1988 and were sponsored by a grant from the Department of Energy (DOE).