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Deddus Reddus Ulmus.

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Woody Stover, Mar 8, 2013.

  1. Woody Stover

    Woody Stover Minister of Fire

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    Finally got this trailer loaded the rest of the way with dead Red Elm that was lying around (and a couple still standing) at a neighbor's, just down the road. Between the crappy weather and having to keep an eye on the new pup, I had a hard time getting back down there to finish this load. There are a couple more Elm, a couple of smaller Ash, some bonus Mulberry....and I just saw a down Hickory. Don't see many of those fall over. Looks like it might be in good shape, suspended off the ground. :cool:
    Haven't metered the Elm yet, but the tops are pretty dry and the rest shouldn't need too much more drying before it'll burn well.
    In the yard, very close to where the trailer is, there is a Red Maple down, most of which looks OK and a Cherry that just fell over, all solid wood there.
    The trailer is on an incline; I wanted it way out of their way. I hope I can drive it out of there without an assist from the quad or worse, a partial unload. <>

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  2. chvymn99

    chvymn99 Minister of Fire

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    Looks like some good BTU's right there. Already partially seasoned too...:p
  3. TimJ

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    Woody, I cut up quit a bit of Red Elm over the last few months that looks just like that. That stuff will do you right and keep the house nice and toasty.
    Very good score there
  4. bigbarf48

    bigbarf48 Minister of Fire

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    Great score!
  5. Woody Stover

    Woody Stover Minister of Fire

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    It doesn't seem to burn quite as long as Ash but still goes overnight, no problem.
    Now I need to get the trailer unloaded so I can haul another half cord of dry wood for the Buck. :oops: I'll unload the Elm as close as I can to a new stacking area I'm starting, that I think will get some pretty good breeze in the Summer.
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  6. BobUrban

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    I like burning elm and love dead standing barkless trees. Downside is it does not look like you have hydro's which may make splitting elm tough. Sometimes the dead stuff splits a little better than green but still can be a pain.
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    Nice score!
  8. Woody Stover

    Woody Stover Minister of Fire

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    Got hydro if it's needed. The Red splits a little easier than American but a lot of the big rounds will probably be splitter material. I only hand-split if it's fairly easy...
  9. ScotO

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    I cut a big standing dead down last summer during the July heatwave......and it has already been run through the stove. I love elm....good haul, woody!
  10. Backwoods Savage

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    Beautiful load of wood there.
  11. lukem

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    That will be easier than you think to hand split. Give it a go.
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    Nice score, and cool thread title, woody! Haven't done up any "reddus ulmus" yet. I think I have a few but they're small and healthy so far.
  13. Locust Post

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    Nice looking stuff Woody. I spotted 2 nice size ones about 3 times the size of those big ones on top at the base of the tree. Standing dead...I just have so much other stuff down, to cut at another property, I may just leave them for now.
  14. Woody Stover

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    I split some last year. As I remember, the smaller ones weren't too bad by hand but I ended up milk-crating the rest. I'll give it another go. The 8-pounder might be in order...
  15. lukem

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    Slab off the edges. There's no glory in splitting down the middle.
  16. Woody Stover

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    There's glory, but when I try it I'm often sorry. <>
  17. Thistle

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    One of my fav woods,dont see it much around here anymore unfortunately.

    I call it 'my red coal'.Some years back I had several loads one winter that was a mix of Red Elm,Mulberry,Honey Locust & a handful of large very old Apple from a local orchard. All in all it made the best fire I remember.Even better than the Red/White Oak & Hickory that's my normal fuel.
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  18. Woody Stover

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    Was wondering when you would weigh in, being a fellow lover of the Red. ==c Not the highest output wood, to be sure, but there's just something about it that attracts me to it...the color, or the look of the splits...or that fact that there's no bark. ::-)
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    The no bark part is what I like. Something about a nice naked round. After I just typed that I said self should you leave that comment. mmmm sure.
  20. Woody Stover

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    Only thing nicer is two naked rounds. ==c
    Virtually no sapwood is another nice feature. :cool:
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  21. Woody Stover

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    Unloaded the trailer and stacked the rounds Sav-style, on some smaller dead Sassafras trunks. It's a little easier than messing with the pallets, which I'm about out of right now. I think I'll try stacking splits on them as well. Hopefully, they will remain stable.... Also, I thought I read somewhere that Sass is rot-resistant...

    The foreman showed up on his quad to watch me work. He soon had a furrowed brow after telling me repeatedly to pick up the pace, to no avail.
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    If front of the stack you see the the big cheese, the head muckety-muck....the top dog, you might say. Her job is to watch the foreman to make sure he's watching me. :rolleyes:
    The bottom of one trunk was in contact with the ground, and some punk will have to be culled from those rounds.
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  22. TimJ

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    That is a very nice stack of that "Reddus" Woody.........and a fair amount to boot.
    That is a nice Lab cross pup, and now I know why you have your hands full
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    Looks like nice straight grain Woody. I've become a fan this year of red elm.
    Great burning wood.
  24. Woody Stover

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    You can see a few split rounds in the pile. Those weren't too bad with the straight grain; 6-pounder handled 'em; lukem nailed it. Now bigbarf48 has got me fired up to drag out the Monster Maul and try to lift that thing over my head. :rolleyes:

    Found some more pics:
    When they have this light and dark look after sawing, you know they're already pretty dry. The ends of the rounds have fine cracks already, after just a couple weeks sawed.
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    Can you give me a rough idea of the diameter of the bottom log?

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