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Am I addicted to wood?

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by sapratt, Jun 13, 2008.

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  1. Henz

    Henz New Member

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    that would be nice, and technically I could do that, I have plenty of standing hardoowd on my 50 acres, its the time thing though. Two young kids and all the other household chores that take my time

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  2. tradergordo

    tradergordo Minister of Fire

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    16 cords split and stacked? That requires a picture! ;)

    Seriously though, don't accumulate so much that its going to rot before you can use it. How much did you burn last winter?
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    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    He who dies with the most wood wins.
  4. Todd

    Todd Minister of Fire

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    I thought I was done scrounging for the year since I'm 2 years ahead on my supply. Not! Came across a big dead Pin Oak the other day while out walking and it's just begging me to cut it up. Oh well, guess I'll be 3 years ahead. :cheese:
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    The next door neighbor and I got the local tree cutters to drop off about 6 grapple loads in the back yard between Jan and March (all free!). After each drop, we'd get down to business and buck and stack it to make room for the next load. That was all well and good when it was 40 degrees out and there was nothing else to do during that part of the year.
    Now we go back there and look at about 30-35 cords of wood that needs to be split (all be it cut into rounds and stacked neatly in two rows, four deep, 80 feet long). Man, I really don't feel like splitting now, but I suppose we'll have to face up to it soon enough and start splitting and stacking. Does me no good sitting there with each log anywhere between 5'' to 33'' in diameter. I knew we should have pushed on and split while it was still cooler.
    Anyone feel like splitting some wood while I watch? I'll bring beer for you to drink!
  6. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Your lights are on, but you're not home
    Your mind is not your own
    Your heart sweats, your body shakes
    Another few splits are what it takes

    You cant sleep, you can't eat
    Theres no doubt, you're in deep
    Your throat is tight, you can't breathe
    Another few splits are all you need

    Whoa, you like to think that you're immune to the stuff, oh yeah

    Its closer to the truth to say you can't get enough, you know you're

    Gonna have to face it, you're addicted to wood

    You see the signs, but you can't read
    You're runnin at a different speed
    You heart beats in double time
    Another few cords and you'll be fine, a one track mind

    You cant be saved
    Running that saw is all you crave
    If there's some left for you
    You don't mind if you do

    Whoa, you like to think that you're immune to the stuff, oh yeah

    It's closer to the truth to say you can't get enough, you know you're

    Gonna have to face it, you're addicted to wood

    Might as well face it, you're addicted to wood
    Might as well face it, you're addicted to wood
    Might as well face it, you're addicted to wood
    Might as well face it, you're addicted to wood
    Might as well face it, you're addicted to wood
  7. Henz

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    BrotherBart..#1 you must be retired or #2 Your job is really boring and slow?
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    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Just came in from lugging the 36 rounds up to the house from the red oak I dropped and bucked yesterday afternoon. Song inspirations keep the back from hurting in the woods.

    One of the dangers of self employment is being able to throw the work across the room and go cut wood when the urge strikes. That is OK though. It was rainy and cold in April and May when I usually cut and split so a lot of work got done in here then and the accompanying revenues made for the best two months ever.

    As to hanging out on hearth.com so much, I make my living on the phone advising companies how to unravel their screw-ups. Keeping hearth.com up in a window keeps things in perspective. If you let the client just talk through the problem and go "ummm" every once in a while, they usually have the answer figured out by the time they finish the narrative.
  9. Henz

    Henz New Member

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    I was just busting
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    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    I know. I was just killing time till the coffee cooled. :lol:
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    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    Watch it, Mister...we're sensitive, angry, insecure and humorless people here on this forum, and if you're not going to stay strictly on topic and make your contributions meaningful and supportive, then there's just no place for you here. :lol: Rick
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    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Actually that is only true for hearth.com regions 4,11,33 and 64 and the southwest corner of region 26..
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    Baaahaaa haaa, ha....OOoops, I hope I don't get in trouble for being insensitive.

    Sa la vie -----Oh Crap! ----I didn't mean it, really.
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    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Choo kiko wapi?
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    Up the stairs and to the right.
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    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Merci.
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    Actually, illiterate, it's "c'est la vie". Git yer French in one sock. (Sorry, I just couldn't think of a more sensitive way to say it). :cheese: Rick
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    Now my feelings are hurt :down:

    mimi haja pombe
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    OK, Jags, you're right, and I'm sorry. (I left off the "Yes dear" and the "And I love you" because you're not my wife). And for gosh sakes, please keep your pombe between you and mimi. Rick
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    Thats OK, the smiley face worked..............I love you, man.
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    sapratt Feeling the Heat

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    I also heard that natural gas was going up and the first thing I thought of was how can I
    make room for more wood. If I tear some of the stacks down and move them around
    I think I may be able to get another cord or two. Or try the holz stack I know it cant'
    be hard but I'm not sure how to make it. I think that if natural gasis going to be as high
    as they say more people may start putting stoves in. It may become harder for us who don't
    have a place to go and cut trees down to get wood. So if I stock up now I maybe able to offset
    a shortage later.
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    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    A wood burner has to plan for that, and all of the things that can happen that would make it impossible for you to gather and process wood. Illness or whatever.

    Just like this year. I have always cut, split and stacked in March and April for the coming year. Last spring and summer I busted hiney to get a year ahead. Good thing I did because it was entirely too wet around here in April and May to even think about getting rounds out of my woods. And I had some health problems. That little buffer gets me the time to fill in year after next wood this summer.
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    sapratt Feeling the Heat

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    This is a little off subject but is 6in between rows enough room or does it need to be more?
    And if it does whats the best way to make holz?
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    6" is a little too tight. I prefer at least a wheelbarrow's width between them for a few reasons. The most obvious is that I can maneuver a wheelbarrow in between the racks and take wood off one rack easily. That distance also makes snow drifts/buildup between them smaller so you are trudging through snow refreshing your indoor supply. But lastly and most importantly, you want enough room so that a breeze can blow and create a draft to dry out the wood. 6" is probably too tight to get good circulation.

    A 'holz' refers to a holzhausen (search on that keyword and you'll find lots of threads w/ pictures and instructions). Long version short, it's german for 'house of wood'. It's a very space efficient way to stack large amounts of wood in a smaller space than you need for racks. But be warned, they are harder to construct than a rack and if built incorrectly, can collapse. This is both dangerous (if you happen to be standing there building it or retrieving seasoned splits) and frustrating (as you have to start over).
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