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Craigslist score! Evil West Coast Pine

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Elderthewelder, Jul 3, 2009.

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  1. Elderthewelder

    Elderthewelder Minister of Fire

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    Got a reply to a C/L listing I responed to for free firewood, guy told me I was first in line to get it but I had to move fast as there were many behind me on the waiting list. Turns out it ws a 125'+ Pine about 42" at the base, could pull my truck right next to it.

    Had to quarter the first 3 rounds from the base of tree to get in truck, everything else rolled right up on my lift gate and into truck. Took 4 loads to my house and 3 loads to my friend's house who helped me get it.

    I know its not the best wood but I will start splitting it and it will burn just fine for the 2010/11 season

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  2. rdust

    rdust Minister of Fire

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    Looks like a great score! Those are some big rounds!
  3. madrone

    madrone Minister of Fire

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    Au contraire, it's the very best wood. It's free wood. Well done!
  4. gzecc

    gzecc Minister of Fire

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    Some big wood. What kind of pine is it?
  5. SolarAndWood

    SolarAndWood Minister of Fire

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    The log lift on the back of your truck is great. Nice score.
  6. jj3500

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    Great truck for log lifting!
  7. Pagey

    Pagey Minister of Fire

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    Awesome score and awesome truck for hauling! Lift gate + the drop on the side are ideal. I personally enjoy burning pine, though with the abundance of hardwoods here in TN I don't use pine to bank any overnight fires. But when you're home to feed the stove, it lights fast and gives off plenty of heat.

    Also, I feel obligated to remind all burners: pine causes chimney fires, hairy palms, blurred vision, hair loss, lung cancer, and impairs the ability to operate a car and/or heavy machinery. Stock number ST710. Dealer retains all rebates and hold backs. Not all buyers will qualify for 0% APR.
  8. SolarAndWood

    SolarAndWood Minister of Fire

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    So keep leaving it for me I mean disposing of it at the mulch pile, especially the big rounds that split so nice.
  9. stee6043

    stee6043 Minister of Fire

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    Dear god that is a lot of pine....I hope you're not splitting by hand! ha.
  10. madrone

    madrone Minister of Fire

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    It kinda looks like doug fir to me. If so, it's a fantastic score.
  11. hilly

    hilly Feeling the Heat

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    I thought it was fir as well. If so, get it split and in the sun and it might be good to go for next year.
  12. Bigg_Redd

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    x2.

    Either way, that's how you get it done.
  13. Elderthewelder

    Elderthewelder Minister of Fire

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    ya-know I was kinda thinking it may be fir as well, as there were about 6 fir trees in the imediate area around this tree. My friend and I were both tyring to figure out what this tree was, the homeowner said pine, but he is not from this country and I do not think he knew much about the subject.

    The funny thing about this tree is it had really thick bark on about the first 5 feet of the trunk that looked alot like the Pondarosa pine that you find in Eastern WA/OR. Then the higher you went up the tree it started to look more like a fir tree. all the branch's liombs and needles were already all hauled off so I could not see those.

    Also the first 2 or 3 rounds from base of tree that we quartered were full of a dark colored pitch substance that i have not seen before, but no pitch as you go up the trunk higher, I got my Fiskars in the mail yesterday so I took it out and split a couple rounds and that seemed like fir to me as well, but I am not 1005 sure what it is to be honest. I do know it will be in my stove in the 10/11 season though
  14. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa Minister of Fire

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    At my dad's farm, the hydro utility had an old tie line they took down that was built with huge Fir poles. They were the twin poles with the cross ties and they skidded them all to one spot were I bucked them up for firewood. That was some beautiful Fir and it was a shame to buck up as firewood but it kept us warm.
  15. TreePapa

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    The pitch in the base of the tree is consistent wiht some of the pine 'round here. Makes great kindling. Burns hotter than h*** ... even before seasoning.

    Peace,
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  16. Highbeam

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    Our native western washington pines are smooth skinned all the way down. That there is a fir tree unless it is some sort of crazy ornamental import pine.

    Did the upper parts have the typical pitch bubbles? I bet that guy calling it pine was the only reason that you got it. People seem to be afraid of pine. Cedar too.
  17. Elderthewelder

    Elderthewelder Minister of Fire

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    Yeah, I have concluded it is definitly Doug Fir. I have been paying attention latley to the real big Firs latley and alot of them (not all) have that same real thick bark on the lower section as this one did. That was what was throwing me, as to me it reminded me of Eastern Wa pine as that bark looks real close to that.

    Anyway , I have been splitting a little here and there, and I am positive it is Fir :) Made the score that much better
  18. mike1234

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    My back went into spasms, and my hands developed blisters just looking at the size of those rounds. All of a sudden my ax disappeared too.
    Great wood score, sorry about the splitting.
  19. Elderthewelder

    Elderthewelder Minister of Fire

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    Those wern't even the big ones, the first few rounds we had to quarter because they would not fit on the truck. Splitting wont be too bad, I'll half those and put them on my DR and they will split just fine, others will go right onto the DR
  20. madrone

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    old doug splits fairly easily.
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