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Re: About time we had a Firewood thread

Postby DrewInToledo » Sun Oct 12, 2014 12:56 am

Ha! Loved it!!!!
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Re: About time we had a Firewood thread

Postby matt walker » Sun Oct 12, 2014 2:09 am

Awesome. I need to get me some of those!
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Re: About time we had a Firewood thread

Postby DrewInToledo » Sun Oct 12, 2014 12:17 pm

matt walker wrote:Goats really are jerks. Aside from that Drew, they say that oak takes 3 years to dry, and I would guess locust is in that category. That's the goal, reality is that we often have to burn what we have, but I would guess that you will want to try to set that aside for next season if you possibly can. Great score though man! Nice work.


Wow! I never would have imagined that. I had it in my mind that all would will dry in about a year or less. Dang. I need to get more wood, and lots of it. Ive been dismissing some dead grey trees. Maybe those arent so bad after all.
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Re: About time we had a Firewood thread

Postby matt walker » Thu Oct 30, 2014 6:59 pm

Thought I'd update you guys with my current stacks and the fir I've been working on this week. You'll notice the new stacks have much larger splits due to the new firebox. The upside is less splitting, the downside is longer drying times.

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Re: About time we had a Firewood thread

Postby pa_friendly_guy » Thu Oct 30, 2014 10:01 pm

That is some stack of firewood you have there Matt. You just bragging, or trying to make the rest of us look bad? :lol: You are definitely getting ahead on the goal of having 2 or 3 year supply cut and drying . Keep up the good work, I would say that I am envious, but it turns out that is against one of the Ten Commandments. ;) and I wouldn't want to covet anything that isn't rightfully mine. :lol: Really though, I am impressed, very impressed indeed. :D
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Re: About time we had a Firewood thread

Postby matt walker » Thu Oct 30, 2014 10:49 pm

Oh geez Guy, nope, not bragging. Trying to give myself a much needed kick in the butt to get going, actually. I figure if I post that I'm working on the stacks, I have to back it up by actually adding to what's there, and the pictures are a good record. It's only about three cords, and last winter I used 5, so I'm way behind. I am working that new stack pretty hard this week, It's already about another 3/4 of a cord, but still, I have my work cut out for me. I really need to get a splitter one of these days.
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Re: About time we had a Firewood thread

Postby 4seasons » Thu Oct 30, 2014 11:54 pm

Did I read that last post right Matt? Did you say you used 5 cords last winter in your J-tube? How much was your old smoke dragon going thru in a winter?
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Re: About time we had a Firewood thread

Postby DrewInToledo » Thu Oct 30, 2014 11:58 pm

Impresive indeed! Ive been trying to do good at gathering wood. From seeing what others have collected and split vs. the work i try to squeeze in really makes the required work a reality.

I did pick up a 5 ton electric splitter from the local big box hardware. actually i ordered it online for $220 knowing that the splitting power is limited. More power would be nice but i dont have a place to store a full size splitter and i didnt want the responsibility of maintaining yet another dinosaur juice burning mechanical moster.

The splitter is intended for small stuff, but im managing to split very large logs over over 24" girth by reading the wood and splitting off the edges. Might be something to look into Matt.
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Re: About time we had a Firewood thread

Postby matt walker » Fri Oct 31, 2014 3:47 am

4seasons wrote:Did I read that last post right Matt? Did you say you used 5 cords last winter in your J-tube? How much was your old smoke dragon going thru in a winter?


Yep, 5. And yep, it's lot. Old stove was eating 10 in the same time, so it's a big improvement. I replaced the single pane windows this summer, and am hoping to get some insulation in the ceiling before winter is over. There's no insulation in the walls of the main living space, but I don't have a good way to remedy that.

Drew, that splitter sounds like a deal. Yeah, I am dead set against more gas engines around here, if I can help it. Only because they are such a pain in the ass, especially with the crappy gas and non adjustable carbs these days. It seems I spend more time trying to get the damn things to run right than I am doing whatever it is I wanted them to do. I'll be interested to hear how it works out for you, keep us posted please.
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Re: About time we had a Firewood thread

Postby thickstrings » Fri Oct 31, 2014 9:54 am

Have to agree about crappy gas and not having another motor around here to maintain......I am sure glad that my brother who lives close by has a hydraulic splitter. It hooks up to his tractor 3 point hitch and the hydraulic lines. It will break apart most of the oak around here....Big difference in wood . These red oak are pasture trees and they start branching very low and that makes for some gnarly block...not like forest trees that are a lot straighter. Do they make a propane splitter?
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