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A year's worth of heat in one tree?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Funnyfarm, Mar 23, 2009.

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  1. Funnyfarm

    Funnyfarm Member

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    Dropped this little guy today. I didn't measure it, but I'm 6'5" to put it in perspective. Should make a pretty good dent in my 2010-11 heating needs.

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  2. xrayman

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    good find!! too bad she's hallow. still some good burnin wood there
  3. webby3650

    webby3650 Master of Fire

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    Poplar, ash? If it is poplar it is an awful lot of work, hope it is close to the house! Aw heck, I would take it either way, who am I kidding! :lol:
  4. Funnyfarm

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    It's oak, and I'm actually glad it's hollow or I would have never attempted it with my 18" bar.
  5. trafick

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    Excellent job dropping that with an 18" bar. Like you said, I don't think you could have done it with that bar if the tree had been solid.
  6. raybonz

    raybonz Minister of Fire

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    That's a good size oak for sure.. Lots of heat potential! Let us know how much cordage you get from that tree... Did carpenter ants hollow out that tree? I have a couple large oaks near my house that are on their way out and figure I could get around 3 cords from them..

    Ray
  7. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Hey Funnyfarm, welcome to the forum.

    Looks like that old bugger really needed to come down. No doubt it was either in a fence row or the edge of a woods. Sad to say, we've cut many like that and that is where you can get by with the shorter bar. You will smile next winter as you are keeping your bottom warm and thinking back to when you cut that big old oak.
  8. WOODBUTCHER

    WOODBUTCHER Minister of Fire

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    Nice score, that will keep in shape!

    WB
  9. burntime

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    I took one that size with a little less rot. I think I ended up with 3 to 3 1/2 full cord? Going from memory. Get it split soon cause it takes a long time to season. If you split it and let the sun and wind blow thru it will be ok this winter, better next...
  10. Bigg_Redd

    Bigg_Redd Minister of Fire

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    I've cut up a few Doug Firs that were 3+ cord - 70-80 year old trees. That's about a year's worth of burning for me, but getting trees like that is pretty rare. Looks like you'll get a couple cord out of that tree.
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