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

Auzzie Gumtree Posted By Auzzie Gumtree, Mar 3, 2013 at 9:23 PM

  1. Auzzie Gumtree

    Auzzie Gumtree
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Oct 17, 2012
    518
    304
    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?

    CAM00123.jpg CAM00129.jpg CAM00130.jpg CAM00131.jpg CAM00132.jpg CAM00135.jpg CAM00136.jpg CAM00137.jpg CAM00138.jpg CAM00141.jpg
     
    smokinj, ScotO, FireBones and 3 others like this.
  2. Locust Post

    Locust Post
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Jan 12, 2012
    1,063
    627
    Loc:
    Northeast Ohio
    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

    tigeroak
    Feeling the Heat 2.
    NULL
    

    Nov 4, 2012
    334
    205
    Loc:
    kansas illinois
    Takes a lot of wood to be 6 cord. Sure is pertty wood. Close to our walnut here.
     
  4. certified106

    certified106
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Oct 22, 2010
    1,472
    233
    Loc:
    Athens, Ohio
    Wow nice score!
     
  5. bigbarf48

    bigbarf48
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Dec 21, 2012
    837
    380
    Loc:
    Stone Mountain GA
    Beautiful grain. Nice score!
     
  6. swagler85

    swagler85
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Mar 4, 2012
    1,195
    1,013
    Loc:
    NE Ohio
    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
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Oct 17, 2012
    518
    304
    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 ;)
     
    ScotO likes this.
  8. Woody Stover

    Woody Stover
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Dec 25, 2010
    7,974
    2,252
    Loc:
    Southern IN
    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 2.
    NULL
    

    Apr 10, 2012
    1,231
    802
    Loc:
    Southeast Indiana
    Nice score
    Those rounds would give anyone a "saw" body _g
     
  10. ohlongarm

    ohlongarm
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Mar 18, 2011
    956
    362
    Loc:
    Northeastern Ohio
    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 2.
    NULL
    

    Oct 17, 2011
    697
    386
    Loc:
    Oregon
    Nice score...lots of BTUs there.
     
  12. Auzzie Gumtree

    Auzzie Gumtree
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Oct 17, 2012
    518
    304
    luckily we don't get them where we are - we just get all the poisonous snakes.......!!!
     
  13. ArsenalDon

    ArsenalDon
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Dec 16, 2012
    752
    192
    Loc:
    Meadow Valley, CA
    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 2.
    NULL
    

    Dec 16, 2012
    752
    192
    Loc:
    Meadow Valley, CA
    do you burn Eucalyptus? blue gum? if so thoughts? I have some coming free from a buddy, never burnt it.
     
  15. Auzzie Gumtree

    Auzzie Gumtree
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Oct 17, 2012
    518
    304
     
  16. Auzzie Gumtree

    Auzzie Gumtree
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Oct 17, 2012
    518
    304
    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)

    firewood gsm.jpg
     
  17. ArsenalDon

    ArsenalDon
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Dec 16, 2012
    752
    192
    Loc:
    Meadow Valley, CA
    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

    Auzzie Gumtree
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Oct 17, 2012
    518
    304
    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.
     
  19. bboulier

    bboulier
    Feeling the Heat 2.
    NULL
    

    Feb 9, 2010
    477
    62
    Loc:
    NE Virginia
    Beautiful wood.
     
  20. ScotO

    ScotO
    Guest 2.
    NULL
    

    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

    Auzzie Gumtree
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Oct 17, 2012
    518
    304
    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......
     
    Trooper likes this.
  22. ScotO

    ScotO
    Guest 2.
    NULL
    

    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"!!
     
    Realstone and Foragefarmer like this.
  23. Hills Hoard

    Hills Hoard
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Mar 19, 2013
    700
    338
    Loc:
    Melbourne, Australia
    i know how that feels....and i dont think i even have that much....ps....i live in the dandenongs ranges too..!
     
  24. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Mar 17, 2009
    5,259
    1,265
    Loc:
    Croton-on-Hudson, suburbs of NYC
    That is an enormous amount of wood there. Good for you.
     
  25. Auzzie Gumtree

    Auzzie Gumtree
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Oct 17, 2012
    518
    304
    Where abouts are you? I'm in Ferny Creek.
     

Share This Page