Six months?  A year?  Two years?  The Cold Climate Housing Research Center (CCHRC) here in Fairbanks did a fairly scientific experiment to examine just how fast firewood dries.  Below is a link to the complete report, but in short, spring cut firewood that was cut to stove length and split, dried to 20% moisture content in six weeks.  Fall cut wood did not dry to 20% throughout the winter and the experiment was terminated in May the following spring.  It would have been interesting to see if the wood cut in the fall would dry as fast as wood cut in the spring throughout the following summer.  Click here for the report, which is a PDF file. (Written by Wayne Hunter)

A Custom Split (Smaller than Usual) Piece of WHtheWC's Green Birch

A Custom Split (Smaller than Usual) Piece of WHtheWC’s Green – a.k.a. Unseasoned, Wet – Birch

A Custom Split (Smaller than Usual) Piece of WHtheWC’s Seasoned – a.k.a. Dry – Birch