Sunday, July 22, 2012

Cut Wood by the Season, Not Phases of the Moon, 1954

Extension Farm-News, July 1954 issue

Many farmers, who cut wood for curing tobacco, heating the home or cooking claim that wood cut in the “dark of the moon” will not dry out properly. They say they can’t get as much heat out of it as wood cut in the “light of the moon.”

John Gray, in charge of Extension forestry, will say only that he has never seen any scientific evidence that the moon’s phase has anything to do with the way wood burns.

But the season of the year is a different matter. Gray says winter-cut wood can be stored six or more months longer without deteriorating than summer-cut wood.

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