How long should “green” wood sit before it’s ready to be burned?

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The sap in seasoned wood has dried up. Unseasoned, or green wood, won’t burn well (if at all) because it is too wet. If the wood is extremely heavy and has sap oozing out of it, it’s too early to burn.

Wood takes from six months to a year to season; most wood being sold now was cut last spring.

To tell whether wood is seasoned, knock two logs together. Well-seasoned logs make a sharp ringing sound. Well-seasoned logs will be cracked on the ends, not be reddish or golden in color and not have a woody smell.

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