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Anyone use a "whip" when blocking

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by mainstation, Jan 17, 2009.

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  1. Cluttermagnet

    Cluttermagnet Minister of Fire

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    "That's about right, that's about right..."

    My firebox is large and pretty flexible as to size.
    Maybe it's because I'm still learning.
    Some day I may have one of those laser aligned woodpiles. ;-)

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  2. My_3_Girls

    My_3_Girls Member

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    Alright, it's bound to come up..... you have 2 stoves that you cut for? One takes 16", one takes 20" ---- LOL - all in good fun.
  3. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa Minister of Fire

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    Cut it all 16" and load the big stove N/S.
  4. fossil

    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    Yes, I burn two stoves, one a good deal larger than the other. One (the Lopi) would easily take 22", the other (the Century) has a hard time swallowing 17". I'm too lazy to have "Lopi wood" separate from "Century wood" stacked in my shed or anywhere else. 16" makes it easy for me...and for my wife, who is a participant every step of the way. The Century gets loaded E-W exclusively. The Lopi can go either way. Works for us. Rick

    EDIT: The Lopi also takes all the big "gnarlies" that just don't want to split that the little Century just can't handle.
  5. waynek

    waynek Member

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    Two stoves, one cookstove and a fireplace.

    16" for the two stoves - 16" fuel laid horizontal or they will take 24" vertical plus they burn all the odd size pieces.
    14" for the cookstove
    20" for the fireplace

    So you can see I have a numbers game to play with the saw
  6. freeburn

    freeburn Feeling the Heat

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    I just hold the saw sideways and measure up the bar length 16", make a cut, move along to the next. Pretty fast, and nothing hanging out the side of the saw.
  7. ccwhite

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    This is what I do too. I have an 18" bar and cut about 20" so just turn saw and measure out a bar length and add a couple inches and let 'er rip. Stove would actually take a 22" incher so even if I go over occasionally I notice it in the wood pile more so than the furnace. Sometimes just go with the "right about there" method but only when I'm having a good day cutting.
  8. daryl

    daryl Feeling the Heat

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    I have a loggers tape marked every 16".Put the tapes nail in butt end of log walk down to end of log and cut away.
  9. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa Minister of Fire

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    I too, cut to 20 inches but have a 16" bar. I found that the distance from the handle on the side to the tip of the bar is exactly 20 inches, so I just set the handle on the mark left by the tip and walk down the log.
  10. WOODBUTCHER

    WOODBUTCHER Minister of Fire

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    Having something attached to the saw would be distracting......2 pieces of strapping marked at 20" with drywall screws, mark 4-5 trunks with cheap spray paint and have at it.

    WoodButcher

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  11. mikepinto65

    mikepinto65 Minister of Fire

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    +1 on things hanging from your saw being a distraction. I use a 22" piece of strait scrap crap i found in my basement and an irwin (or any other) wood marking crayon.

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  12. mikepinto65

    mikepinto65 Minister of Fire

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    Woodbutcher....whats up with the Dolmar/Oregon bar paint cheezing out once u run it threw a few logs? my dads stihl bar still has the paint after 13+ years!?!
  13. maplewood

    maplewood Minister of Fire

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    I'm not too picky for length - 15-19" is okay with me.
    I use my saw: it's 16" from the tip to the first nut on the bar, 18" to the second. I aim for 18". I measure about every third one.
    The whip would get in my way. And I cut from both ends on a pile (truck load), so it wouldn't do me any good from one direction.
    My dad did the "about here, and about here" method - his wood was any where from 14" to 24". Crazy to rank it up.
    Happy burning.
  14. WOODBUTCHER

    WOODBUTCHER Minister of Fire

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    Don't know, my logo was gone after the first cord. Then again my oregon bar for my craftsman did the same thing.
    After over 10 cord now with my 5100s the bar paint itself seems to be holding up just fine. I dont usually flip the bar unless I
    see wear or paint chipping up on top mid center.

    WoodButcher
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