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CL Score today - You bet your Ash....

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Thistle, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. Thistle

    Thistle Minister of Fire

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    I check local CL Free Stuff listings 2-3 times weekly.Not much on there lately,but the blizzard last Wed/Thurs did some damage across the metro area & scattered state wide.Seen a half dozen or so listings since then,not too promising because of too much brush,having to carry it a long distance to the street and/or lift it over a fence or two also.But last night I seen this & called the guy this morning.

    http://desmoines.craigslist.org/zip/3504933625.html

    This one was about 19" diameter & easily 60' tall.it was a blowdown from the 12" of heavy wet snow & 50+MPH gusts.Went right across the street in a older residential area,in a low traffic area.Infact as I was standing near the 6ft long uprooted stump taking a break from carrying the 20 ft to the truck - I heard some slight noise,looked over & seen the stump start to move upward.It moved less than a foot,then stopped.


    The FIRST Ash I've had in 10 yrs.(last one was 15" diameter x 40' tall Green Ash with storm damage that I dropped & removed for next door neighbor) Quite a bit White & Green around here on residential/commercial properties,city-owned grassy curbside strips & other planted areas.Not much in pure,wild stands however,most of them are further north & northeast of me.

    Picked up the big stuff before noon,all but the smallest pieces are already bucked,stacked & split.Roughed out 2 small slabs & 2 thick billets with chainsaw & bandsaw too.About an equal amount of smaller (3"-9") poles left.Run out of time,so I'll grab the remainder either tommorow afternoon or sometime Sunday/Monday,then will be done.With about 15 cord of dead mostly Red/White/Bur Oak,some Hickory,Mulberry,Norway/Silver Maple in my stash,this Ash wont be needed for 3-4 yrs easily.Couldnt resist grabbing a easy score.

    Now its time for a couple Naproxen & a stiff drink,these old muscles are sure tired.;)

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  2. mywaynow

    mywaynow Minister of Fire

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    Thistle- is that ash any good for milling? Are you into that?
  3. Thistle

    Thistle Minister of Fire

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    Its good for that sure.I'll get a few short blocks for future woodturning,nothing of any size was over 2' long though.So no long planks or slabs this time.No big deal,I'm running out of storage space anyway!;lol I take what I can get.Doing more smaller projects as I get older it seems.

    Some of this had good color contrast between heart/sapwood & a slight curl/ripple to the grain.:cool: One reason it was stubborn splitting with the X25 inspite of the 26 degree temps.Had to use 20lb sledge/5 lb wedges to bust open a couple gnarly ones...
  4. schlot

    schlot Minister of Fire

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    Nice haul. My daughter lost a tree in the storm also. Couldn't tell what it was from the pictures she sent though.
  5. mywaynow

    mywaynow Minister of Fire

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    I am trying to work on a biz deal that will involve removing a large amount of storm damage trees from a corp property in order to promote recycle and green living. Some other issues in play too. Either way, if the job is a go, there will be a mobile mill purchased for the work. I have tons of ash on the ground to take at my leisure. I am also in no need of additional firewood (wow, that sucked to type, and was awesome at the same time), so I am thinking of taking it all at lumber length for milling. Don't know what to do after that though?? Use and all. What would be a logical wood thickness for ash lumber?
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  6. Thistle

    Thistle Minister of Fire

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    Most hardwoods for furniture/cabinets/millwork etc are rough sawn green 1" or 1 1/4" thick,to be planed to 3/4" or 13/16" once they're thoroughly dried.Some is 2" or 2 1/2" rough sawn for other uses,some even 3" to 5" in shorter lengths for woodturning,bowl blanks,carving/sculpture etc.Proper stacking/storage is an absolute must,when dealing with thinner pieces over 4'-5' long.Short thick blocks/slabs can be more forgiven,they may crack a little on the ends,but are less prone to warp/cup/twist than 'normal' sized lumber.
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  7. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Good days work.
    Working in the snow slows you down a bit but if you pace it right you don't overheat.
    Muscles will be tired today & sore tomorrow, good sore though. :)
    Free workout ;)

    Nice pics
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  8. albert1029

    albert1029 Feeling the Heat

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    you gotta love CL...
  9. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Great find Thistle. I'm sure you will make good use of that wood.
  10. WellSeasoned

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    Thistle, craigslist is a wonderful asset to have available to us. Nice score man!
  11. Woody Stover

    Woody Stover Minister of Fire

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    Nice, easy(?) score! :cool:
    I'm guessing that's Green Ash then? Never saw that darker core on the White I cut around here...
  12. Beer Belly

    Beer Belly Minister of Fire

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    nice score:cool:
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    Lumber is sawn into 4/4-16/4 thicknesses(say four quarter or sixteen quarter) I have sawn ash for orders at 4,5,6,8,10,and 12/4 thicknesses. the most common thickness sawn today is 4/4 the mill would set their target thickness at 1-1/8". 4-7/4 lumber is sawn 1/8"heavy, lumber 8/4 and thicker is sawn 3/16" heavy. Thicker lumber shrinks proportionally more as it dries. If you are sawing for your own use saw whatever thickness you would have a need for. If you have plans on selling it..... there is kind of a glut of ash on the market and it is not a real sought after commodity. It is a beatiful wood and has many uses! I probably averaged sawing about 400,000 bd ft. of ash per year at my mill.
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    Don't want to stray to far off topic, but what is your opinion of the Norwood mx34?
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    bboulier Feeling the Heat

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    Great score!
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    Nice catch! Those pictures..... there goes my knees and heart again! ;lol
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  17. Thistle

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    Went over there this morning,grabbed the rest of it.Tree service guy who placed the ad even cut the 4ft long stump into 3 pieces for me yesterday.;) One pic is 20"+ crotch piece on my knotty cedar chopping/sawing block - gonna put the hurt on that bad boy with the big Husky & 28" full skip chain in a few days or weeks......::-) Some nice grain & color in that,will be a couple turning blocks or something else.

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    It's been so long I've forgotten most of this. It would probably come back fast though but it is not going to happen!
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  19. ScotO

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    Nice haul, Thistle! Don't know how I missed this thread the other day. Been a busy weekend. I love ash. It's probably one of the best, all-around firewoods. Seasons fast, lasts long, burns down to powder, and smells great when burning. The one ash tree job we did this summer had some nice, straight trunks. So I milled a couple of 3" x 2" slabs at 4' long, right at the jobsite, to make axe handles for some antique hand forged axes I have (one was dug near Fort Michelimackinac, it dates to the 1740's or so). Glad you got a good score, looks like a nice load of wood!
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  20. Thistle

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    I believe its Green also.What little White I've seen around here is almost 100% off white,no matter how big/old the tree was.Dont think there's much difference in the properties between the two,though I've been wrong many times before...

    As a normal rule I NEVER burn wood that's less than 6 months dried,minimum.Especially any 'green' scrounges.And most all the dead stuff (90% of my normal supply) sits for 12-18 months,with rare exceptions. But knowing Ash being a low moisture wood,I tossed a small split scrap piece on the coals late Friday night & was amazed to see it catch light immediately.

    Dont worry,that wont happen again....;)
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  21. Woody Stover

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    BTU numbers I've seen have the Green about like Elm or Cherry, and the White just a little below Red Oak...3+ difference. I've never burned the Green though, so what you've seen firsthand probably carries more weight than a BTU list, where you see vastly different numbers from list to list, for the same wood...
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  22. chvymn99

    chvymn99 Minister of Fire

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    Nice score. i just put some ash in my pile this week to burn. Its been about 2 yrs in the waiting. Split like a dream in smaller chunks for my NC13.
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