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a cornucopia of dead juniper wood

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by ylekyote, Oct 2, 2013.

  1. ylekyote

    ylekyote New Member

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    So on my 40 acres I just move onto (western central CO) there is a massive amount of downed, or dying Juniper trees/branches. The downed Juniper looks to be very old and dry because all the bark is off alot of it. I bet I have 50 cords of downed trees, and another 20 in trees that are old and dying.

    I was told that Juniper is very hard on chainsaws, does that mean it is a harder wood? Or is it still considered a soft, less-desirable wood to burn?

    Are there any tricks to the wood-cutting/sawing trade to make it not so bad on my chainsaw?

    I hate to look a gift horse in the mouth, and not burn all this free wood, regardless.

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  2. gzecc

    gzecc Minister of Fire

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    Juniper that I know is a versatile wood used for many things in the past. There are many kinds. I would try it out if it couldn't be used for something more profitable.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juniper
  3. ylekyote

    ylekyote New Member

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    My family and I make fence posts and fence veneer out of it. It is super tough. And if the bark is left on it, it lasts forever as fence posts. It breaks 1/4" and 1/2" lag screws when being driven into it. I have to pre-drill the holes it so hard.

    More profitable? Like what? There is so much of the stuff around here I find it unlikely it can be sold. Ideas?
  4. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    I wouldn't sweat the saws. It won't hurt anything and it really isn't a big deal to sharpen the chain a bit more frequently. Get at it.;)
  5. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    By all means. Don't look a gift horse in the mouth. You have some very nice firewood there. Make good use of it.
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    gzecc Minister of Fire

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    http://www.wildbuffalojuniperfurniture.com/

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