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Big scrounge - too much..... plenty of pics.

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Auzzie Gumtree, Mar 3, 2013.

  1. Auzzie Gumtree

    Auzzie Gumtree Feeling the Heat

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    I dont think so. The next door neighbour came round and asked if i wanted this big blackwood tree he was having cut up. The rest is history and one very 'saw' body. Blackwood is a beautiful wood not normally used for firewood as it is too good and used in the furniture industry. They thought this one was termite infested but having cut it down its solid.

    Going to try and make a table top out of one of the larger rounds and a couple of fruit bowls etc the rest is good firewood it sits somewhere between oak and hickory in the BTU charts.

    How much do you think there is? my first guess was 6 cords?

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  2. Locust Post

    Locust Post Minister of Fire

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    Never heard of blackwood. The one split looks like what we have around here, black walnut. Hard to tell from the pictures but looking at the tree my guess would be between 2-3 cord, full cords that is not face cords. But as I say it is hard to tell from pics.
  3. tigeroak

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    Takes a lot of wood to be 6 cord. Sure is pertty wood. Close to our walnut here.
  4. certified106

    certified106 Minister of Fire

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    Wow nice score!
  5. bigbarf48

    bigbarf48 Minister of Fire

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    Beautiful grain. Nice score!
  6. swagler85

    swagler85 Minister of Fire

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    You can guess fairly close by how many loads you hauled. Bogeydave posted a chart a while back with how many truck loads to a cord depending on bed size. My fullsize 8' bed with no tool box is 1/2 cord loaded. Looking at your truck it's probably 1/4 cord. So 6 cord would put you at around 24 loads.
  7. Auzzie Gumtree

    Auzzie Gumtree Feeling the Heat

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    ok - here's how i guesstimated my 6 cords - I took 20 full ute loads out of next door. The ute holds just over 1 cubic metre but worked it out at 1 cubic meter so 20 x 1 =
    20 cubic meters = 5.5 cord..... i think. I know my arms and my back feel like 10 cords ;)
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    Can't beat the next door score, particularly on some quality wood. :cool: Nice-looking stuff. I'm assuming it pretty much dries like Oak, and will be sitting in the stack for a couple of years before it sees the stove.

    "Saw" body...heh-heh. >>
  9. TimJ

    TimJ Minister of Fire

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    Nice score
    Those rounds would give anyone a "saw" body _g
  10. ohlongarm

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    Great score ,but beware of the funnel web spiders they love to hide in rough barked trees,can be deadly to any one bitten.
  11. Blue2ndaries

    Blue2ndaries Minister of Fire

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    Nice score...lots of BTUs there.
  12. Auzzie Gumtree

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    luckily we don't get them where we are - we just get all the poisonous snakes.......!!!
  13. ArsenalDon

    ArsenalDon Minister of Fire

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    A couple of those look like perfect coffee tables...too bad you didn't think of cutting a couple like 6foot length...would make a great bar! Great score my friend.

    4-5 would be my guess
  14. ArsenalDon

    ArsenalDon Minister of Fire

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    do you burn Eucalyptus? blue gum? if so thoughts? I have some coming free from a buddy, never burnt it.
  15. Auzzie Gumtree

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    Blue gum - if its the same as here is very good solid hardwood its right up there with the best of them. It only takes a year of seasoning here but it will probably be different there. Splitting - its not the easiest as it tends to spiral a bit but i can manage it with the fiskars so if you have Hydrolic's it would be easy. Here's a list of firewood with their GSM (and lb / sq feet)

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  17. ArsenalDon

    ArsenalDon Minister of Fire

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    I am pretty sure I have it right. We just call it Eucalyptus...but I have learned there are many kinds of Eucalyptus. Blue Gum was what as accidentally brought here years ago and it is prolific now in California. I am excited to burn it but have been warned that it has oils that are quite volatile and burn very hot, and not to load it up full with just Eucalyptus. true?
  18. Auzzie Gumtree

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    We burn Eucalyptus all the time - its all we have. It does burn hot but as i dont have any oak, ash,hickory etc.... to compare it to as its all we know.

    There are reports if the wood gets too dry it looses some of the 'oils' and it burns cooler. i haven't noticed this but i haven't been far enough in front.
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    Beautiful wood.
  20. ScotO

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    Nice haul, Auzzie. Never heard of blackwood before but looks to be beautiful stuff, and I'd say you got enough for quite a while. Any idea how long it takes to season? If it's similar in BTU's to oak and hickory, I'm thinking 2 to three years, but being you are in Aussieland, probably a bit faster!
  21. Auzzie Gumtree

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    Yes - it is a lot quicker here 1 full season and it will be good to go. It was standing dead for a couple of years and we have had a drought for the last 10 years. i will run a moisture meter over it just to see. I wont be burning it for ~ 3 years as i am pretty much 4 years in front (maybe 5 with this haul....) although the boss has said that is enough for now - we will see it can be a strange affliction this wood collecting. I really wanted to be 2 years ahead then 3 then 4......
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  22. ScotO

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    Sounds like its just about time for you to join the club, then.....you'll be our first member from 'dan unda'....

    http://www.hearth.com/talk/threads/Furrwood-hrrders-club-ltd.112479/

    We'll call your stash the "Plunder from Down Under"!!
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  23. Hills Hoard

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    i know how that feels....and i dont think i even have that much....ps....i live in the dandenongs ranges too..!
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    That is an enormous amount of wood there. Good for you.
  25. Auzzie Gumtree

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    Where abouts are you? I'm in Ferny Creek.

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