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how large is too large for hugelkulter

 
Dale Bunger
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Location: WI, USA (Zone 5) Continental ~33" avg. rainfall
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I am in the process of building some hugel beds, however I have limited amounts of woody material on-site. I have found a lot of wood available on craigslist for free and have brought several trailer loads home, but have come across an individual that has a lot of really large stump pieces, but they are actually freshly cut and quite intact.

So my question is, "will logs that are 2-3 foot in diameter and 3-4 feet in length be okay in a hugel bed?

My concern is that there will be limited channels/fissures in these logs and because they are quite fresh, they will not absorb much additional water.

I would prefer to not try and split these or do any additional work to them, but if they are too big to work as they are, I am open to ideas.

The good news is that the beds will probably not break down and settle too much

Thanks for any input.
 
Shawn Harper
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My understanding is Sepp uses whole trees.
 
gani et se
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As long as they won't regrow, I should think it's all good. Long term breakdown.
 
Adrien Lapointe
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Tend to agree that this would not be too big.
 
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