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Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by PunKid8888, Aug 13, 2009.

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  1. PunKid8888

    PunKid8888 New Member

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    When ever I email a post on CL I always end up with a response that its already gone (probably one of you guys)

    Or I get there and its real small stuff that does not even fill my bed. I always see people on here getting truck load after truck load. well I was not expecting it but I finally got one full truck load. And I also discovered the limit to my little dakota.

    But I am thinking its a face cord or 1/2 cord of wood. I say this because it was some big wood and it crushed my 5900lb GVW to with in an inch of the bump stops. I have weighed my truck before and it came in at 4200lbs with me and 1/4 tank of fuel. today I had closer to a full tank and if I were to take a guess maybe 1200-1500lbs of wood. this is hemlock which he said was cut down 3 months ago, full rounds, maybe 2 feet in dia.

    So am I crazy for thinking I got a 1/2 cord? I won't take that much wood again thats for sure. the truck defiantly felt over loaded.


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  2. burntime

    burntime New Member

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    I would say a little over a face cord, approaching 1/2 cord. I do it on my ranger with coil over shocks. There is a lot of air space in your stacking on the truck. I actually put smaller rounds in as I stack it to take advantage of the nooks and crannys. You should be able to take up that last inch without a problem :p
  3. Nonprophet

    Nonprophet Minister of Fire

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    Nice load of wood!

    Personally, I'd say that's about 1/3 of a cord. Split and tightly stacked up to the rails with a little mound in the middle, a mid-size truck like a Dakota or Tacoma will take about a 1/3 of a cord. Remember, cords are measured in cubic feet, not pounds. While a cord of green white oak might weight 2 tons and a cord of dry ash might weigh 1 ton, they're both still just a cord of wood.........

    NP
  4. PunKid8888

    PunKid8888 New Member

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    You are correct with the weight of the wood. I think that because this wood was on the ground in almost wetlands for the last 3 months (extremely rainy 3 months) it weighs a lot more then it should. Just a few months back I cut up a locust with my cousin that had fallen over. It was much larger in dia (only 5 or 6 rounds per truck load) but they were half the weight. So I think now that I have them off the ground they should dry out a bit. I going to throw my maul at it tomorrow and see how they split, if they fight me I will let them sit for a few weeks in the sun and try it again. How does hemlock normally split?
  5. stee6043

    stee6043 Minister of Fire

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    Well by normal CraigsList standards this is at least a full cord. If not more. HA! No matter what that is a lot better than the ad's I always see around me. Looks like some good wood....
  6. Wet1

    Wet1 Minister of Fire

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    Definitely not 1/2 a cord. Maybe a 1/3.
  7. Skier76

    Skier76 Minister of Fire

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    That's an excellent score! Bet the steering was a bit light on the ride home....
  8. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    When I work with my buddy he generally figures three loads of unsplit wood in the bed of his pick up (full size) equals a cord or so of wood.
  9. madrone

    madrone Minister of Fire

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    +1 on 1/3 cord. That's the most I get in a completely overloaded Ranger. I agree with what was said above, on CL that's a seasoned cord. Nice work!
  10. Hurricane

    Hurricane Minister of Fire

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    I know it feels like more wood when you are cutting and loading it in the truck but I also agree with 1/3 cord.

    Great score !
  11. drdoct

    drdoct Feeling the Heat

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    Dude, time for a bigger truck. Oh, and a trailer while you're at it!
  12. TreePapa

    TreePapa Minister of Fire

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    Or skip the bigger truck and just get a trailer? The Dakota can prolly pull a fairly decent sized trailer, no?

    Peace,
    - Sequoia
  13. Skier76

    Skier76 Minister of Fire

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    There's no doubt that scrounging saves money. But think about how many cords you'd need to scrounge to justify the expense of a newer and/or larger truck. You'd probably have enough wood to last you until 2053. ;-)
  14. SolarAndWood

    SolarAndWood Minister of Fire

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    A used trailer with brakes on it however will pay for itself in a year just in brake jobs and suspension work.
  15. kingfisher

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    I scored about 10 face cord of birch and found a guy that wants 9 ash trees that he already cut down last fall removed from his lot. All kinds of free wood on craigslist
  16. northwinds

    northwinds Minister of Fire

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    All kinds. Some good and some not so good.

    http://madison.craigslist.org/zip/1324813600.html
  17. HittinSteel

    HittinSteel Minister of Fire

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    +1
    I bought a split cord that was stacked and measured last year. Took 3 trips with my F150 6' bed
  18. Todd

    Todd Minister of Fire

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    A trailer is definitely the way to go with a small truck. I can get almost a full cord in my 5x8 trailer and my Colorado has no problem pulling it. You can pull more weight than carry in the back of just about any truck. It's also nice to have a drop down tailgate so you can roll those large rounds up into the trailer, it really saves the back.
  19. PunKid8888

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    Well I split 90% of it, but its just too hot to tackle the rest. It does look to be just about face cord, it might even be a little short. But I did confirm that its was well over 1400lbs of wood. I just went and picked up 35bags of wood pellets (1400lbs) and it did not squat my truck as bad as that fire wood. so i am thinking that 1500lbs is dead max for my little truck, and I probably had closer to 1600-1700lbs with that fire wood.

    yes I want to get an older utility trailer, something with 1-2ft high side and a drop down ramp, probably 4x8 or 5x10 single axle. I will have to keep my eye out on CL for one.
  20. Dune

    Dune Minister of Fire

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    Just wasted the morning on a craigslist bummer. I drove twenty miles to look at a dead 4'' cypress, two 4'' oaks and some pruning she wanted done for free. Would have needed a sky hook to do anything in their outdoor antique shop. Couldn't drop a branch anywhere in the yard without cutiing it to stove length and lowering it with a block and tackle.

    The last house before that though had five 20'' oaks in a wide open feild.
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