1. Welcome Hearth.com Guests and Visitors - Please enjoy our forums!
    Hearth.com GOLD Sponsors who help bring the site content to you:
    Hearthstone Soapstone and Cast-Iron stoves( Wood, Gas or Pellet Stoves and Inserts)
    Caluwe - Passion for Fire and Water ( Pellet and Wood Hydronic and Space Heating)

Fireplace/Rock Picking

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by thewoodlands, Jul 20, 2012.

  1. PapaDave

    PapaDave Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Feb 23, 2008
    Messages:
    5,740
    Loc:
    Northern MI - in the mitten
    Not to jack the thread, but very sorry to hear about your dog Dexter.
    I'm expecting our 12 yr. old Newfie to go anytime now. Been saying that for the last 2 years though.
    Progress zap, progress. I bet the kids had a blast "camping".:cool:

    Helpful Sponsor Ads!





  2. rottiman

    rottiman Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2009
    Messages:
    1,102
    Loc:
    Ontario Canada
    Dexter so sorry for your loss. Remember the good times with him. They are like family members for sure.
    DexterDay likes this.
  3. billb3

    billb3 Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2007
    Messages:
    3,471
    Loc:
    SE Mass
    When we built a fire pit quite a few years ago the general rule for digging down was deep enough to get beyond any ignitable dirt and roots. Kind of a variable rule dependent on local conditions.

    It's so rocky here you might have enough rocks just digging out the topsoil and subsoil.

    A pit can be nice when burning wood that pops and sends embers flying if it contains them.
  4. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2009
    Messages:
    10,825
    The hole is 12 inches deep, five feet wide x five feet deep. On Sunday I plan on filling the hole with sand then during the week start on building the fireplace.

    zap

    Attached Files:

    ScotO likes this.
  5. DexterDay

    DexterDay Guest

    Looks good Zap... Keep it up :)
  6. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2009
    Messages:
    10,825
    Filled the hole with some sand today, looks like I level off around the fireplace this week then get my neighbor here with her Kubota to move the big rocks. If she can do it this week I'll start by the end of the week.

    zap

    Attached Files:

  7. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2009
    Messages:
    10,825
    Tonight was spent limbing up some dead pine branches just to make sure the Kubota will have enough room when bringing back the rocks. We had one dead pine that was in close quarters that I dropped (hung up) had the rope on it but it was not strong enough to pull it through the tops. Back to the garage for the cable and the winch which took care of the problem.

    zap

    Attached Files:

    ScotO and Eatonpcat like this.
  8. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2009
    Messages:
    10,825
    The Kubota is a go for this Thursday, perfect timing.

    zap
    Eatonpcat likes this.
  9. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2009
    Messages:
    10,825
    The first pic 5811 is the rain we had dropped on us last night, pic 5812 is the entrance for the Kubota and pic 5813 is the exit, had to cut one dead standing which was in the middle of the exit.

    zap

    Attached Files:

    ScotO likes this.
  10. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2009
    Messages:
    10,825
    Well my neighbor brought over the Kubota L2800, surprised the chit out of me when she said you drive:p all the rocks are back by the soon to be fireplace. The L2800 is a perfect fit for the trail I cleared, nice tractor.

    zap

    Attached Files:

    ScotO likes this.
  11. DexterDay

    DexterDay Guest

    Damn fine lookin machine Zap... Gotta love a good neighbor :)
    zap and ScotO like this.
  12. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2009
    Messages:
    10,825
    She offered up a grate for the fireplace along with some other stuff she has that she does not use for her outdoor fireplace. I tried to pay her but that was a no go, looks like I'll stop tomorrow at Tractor Supply for a gift card for her, she has a heart of gold.

    I even offered a face cord of one year old stacked yellow birch, declined.

    zap
    ScotO likes this.
  13. Defiant

    Defiant Vermont Castings Geek

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2007
    Messages:
    2,112
    Loc:
    Old Lyme CT
    Nice going zap, at least you could have posted one photo of her driving;)
    zap and ScotO like this.
  14. amateur cutter

    amateur cutter Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2010
    Messages:
    1,170
    Loc:
    West Michigan
    Wow, that's a great neighbor. You shoulda just hauled the wood over with her tractor, stack it nice & quick & tell her you have no idea how it got there. I believe in wood fairy's, don't you?;lol

    BTW nice progress on the fire place. A C
    zap, ScotO and Defiant like this.
  15. ScotO

    ScotO Guest

    You look like an ol' pro drivin the tractor Zap. That damm thing has your name written all over it! >> May have to talk Mrs. Zappy into lettin you get one fer Christmas! ;) Did you get the rocks locally? The look like some nice river rock, I can't wait to see the firepit when it's done. Sounds like both you AND your neighbor lady have a great next door neighbor in each other........
  16. ScotO

    ScotO Guest

    I don't know how I missed this thread, but I am sorry to hear about your dog Dex. That really sux...
    zap likes this.
  17. DexterDay

    DexterDay Guest

    Yeah... It does. Thanks Scott. He was a damn good dog.

    Wow..... You are both lucky to have one another. If she burns wood, I would do as A C said, and just take the wood over there ;) The wood fairy is an amazing creature. :)
  18. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2009
    Messages:
    10,825
    I offered but she said no or else I would have.

    zap
  19. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2009
    Messages:
    10,825
    The rocks we had delivered were from a local pit a few miles from us. I might can cutting the dead standing on Saturday just to work on the fireplace. The majority of the rocks we brought back will be used in the fireplace, only the smaller stuff will be hauled away.

    zap
  20. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2009
    Messages:
    10,825
    We will do something with the wood, I see when she is leaving next. :cool:

    zap
    Defiant likes this.
  21. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2009
    Messages:
    10,825
    Maybe a tractor down the road, Mrs. Zappy needs a newer vehicle first.

    zap
    ScotO likes this.
  22. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2009
    Messages:
    10,825
    Thanks A C, I hope by the end of the day Sunday we will have a chit load done, That's when you will see the next pictures, we also decided to go without the keyhole design at first.

    The fireplace design is after the one my FIL built down at camp, we might use the same setup for cooking.

    zap
  23. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2006
    Messages:
    14,868
    Loc:
    Northern IL
    For being on the smaller side that little 'bota has an impressive lift capacity. Nice machine. Keep posting Zap - I keep getting more ideas for a pit at the river.
    ScotO likes this.
  24. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2009
    Messages:
    10,825
    Jags, the best part was I had two ladies giving me orders, the best one was when they told me I had to stay on the Kubota. I did throw a few rocks on but not many.

    When my wife was giving me orders (her father ran heavy equipment building a chit load of roads in NYS) and my neighbor who brought up her Kubota was giving me orders....they both looked at each other (thought for a bit we might have a fight) then they laughed....my wife continued giving the orders after that....my neighbor did tell me to stop operating it like a girl! ;em

    zap
    ScotO and DexterDay like this.
  25. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2009
    Messages:
    10,825
    I brought down the gift card from Tractor Supply to my neighbor who brought the Kubota up, it made her mad. I knew better (she is old school) if she can't help someone just to help she won't do it.

    I left it on her truck seat, I expect to see her this weekend when she brings it back.

    zap
    amateur cutter, DexterDay and ScotO like this.

Share This Page