Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Scotty Overkill, Sep 28, 2012.
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I am currently moving up from wood-'o-holic to cord ho'... 2 more cords this week!
I need to post some photos of a guy a few miles down the road from me. He has 3 or 4 stacks of split firewood running over 100 yards from the house to the road. Then there are the serious wood processors closer to me, with a dump truck, 2 skidders, several tractors and bobcats, and god knows how many logs piled high. They seem to float between logging and firewood processing. A rural mom and pop wood operation gone wild.
that looks like my neck of the woods there.
based on the criteria, i am a BTU Possesor, but am at risk of making the jump to SWA.
regardless of volume, i will always be the resident CORD WHORE!
Well, we're getting to the final 'third' of winter, so how is everyone faring with their wood this winter? I've used around 4 1/2 cord, but that's running two stoves most of the winter. Not to mention most of the wood I've burned this winter was silver maple and ash........more silver maple than ash.
How's everyone faring out? I'm due to start cutting real soon as the tree removal me and my buddy do on the side is getting ready to commence, lots of jobs lining up......almost time to start stockpiling again....
I'm still working on the FHC stickers (some other high ranking members of the FHC have been keeping on me to do so ), when they come available I'll let everyone know........
I've burnt almost every usable stick of wood I have. Gonna be a lot of stacking to do soon tho.
Admitting and classifying your problem is the first step to curing it.... I do not wish to cure my disease so I shall refrain to classify myself....
But I never process alone.....
You have to wonder where the hell all the trees come from when you see some of these guys and how much they cut.
C'mon Augie....the first step to 'recover' is the 'admission'!! Once you admit your shameful problem, 'recovery' can occur (recoverey means you will free your conscious to go out and get LOTS AND LOTS MORE!! )
come to think of it the woods on the neighbor's farm DOES look a little more bare this year........
We had a warm fall and I got by with the last of my old holy black locust and just one cord of Doug fir through mid-December. Then it got a *lot* colder (temps into the teens) and I blew through another cord of my best maple, fir and elm between then and the start of February. February has been warm and I switched to burning my light shoulder wood (white cedar, birch and cottonwood). And lo, today it is (holy sh*te!) 60 degrees! and the stove is out. I have the windows open airing this place out today. I may get by with just burning my super dry wood this year. I have another cord of dry wood left before I would have to burn the still damp new holy black locust wood (but it is dryer than the holy white oak). I put a cord and a half of newly cut and split cypress in the racks last month, and I am waiting for my next firewood score. I will also likely be able to hold off on burning any more of my holy red alder and use it for smoking meat with. With luck I should be able to start hording for 2015 now.
Ah, I live in logging country, surrounded by the Mt Hood National Forest. No shortage of big trees here, mostly doug fir. Logging trucks roll by most days here, from deeper in the Cascade range to the east of me. Its a never ending supply. I do not get any wood from up here though, other than from my own property. Too many wood 'hos here and nothing available for cutting. I get most of my wood from the burbs in the lower elevations, from yard trees being cut down. Hence the odd types of wood that I have. I would love to get by just burning local doug fir. I do get a lot of it, but not from here. There is a guy thinning his stand about a half mile from me and I asked if I could cut the tops for firewood, and he said he already has a list of people to do that. Cull logs and trash trees are hoarded by the local firewood processors up here (there are several) and the few other dedicated wood burners like me. Many people here get log truck loads of logs delivered and buck them up. That is $1,200 a truckload for 10 cords of green logs. 'Spensive for what turns into 8-9 cords of dry wood in a few years.
I'm not ashamed to admit I'm a BTU Possessor. People do call me crazy for it, but I can live with that.
When you're in our group, you're just a normal guy!
Scotty, I'd be proud to put a sticker on my truck! Come on, "git r done"..... anyway, Mild down her at the Jersey shore for the most part, 3 cords for me this winter, one stove going. Down to about 1+- cord. Got some sycamore for for next year or two for the side, although won't be primary wood.
social hoarder. I need more wood
Been burning for about 3 years now and never bothered to get ahead on my wood until this Winter. Went thru all but a 1/2 cord of my available wood so far and the last bit is measuring in the mid 20's on the MM, so it has not been burning too good. After reading and joining this forum I have started to understand the importance of getting ahead. So far I have all of next years wood CCS and working towards getting another year ahead by this fall. I'm currently a wood-a-holic with 5 cords CCS for next season, but hope to be a cord-hoarder by the end of the year!
Welcome to the family, Trilifter! We've all been where you are now (everyone goes through the learning curve), his forum has helped alot of us out. The best thing you can do as a woodburner is to try and get two to three years ahead on your woodstack. That way, everything has ample time to season (especially the oak). Sounds like you are well on your way!
Got a Thread started for sycamore advise, never burned it before, This is free, on second load, raining now......
Always enjoy seeing pics,whether its a wheelbarrow's worth or 20 cords.
My motto is "It all adds up.Every bit you add to the stacks is a safety net for the future"
Wise word's of wisdom
I thought recovery meant that in the next 2-4 months you'll RECOVER three times as much wood from cutting or scrounging to replace what you burned this year....Hmmmm started at about 16 cord last October,even with burning 2+ so far,I'm still at 16.Is that funny government math or the 2 cords of Mulberry,Green Ash & now White Pine added to the mix for next year?
And I still have to drop that twin recently dead White Oak at parents acreage that I discovered last July,looks close to 1/2 cord in that,maybe a bit more.....Its not going anywhere,waiting for ground to freeze more solid.Hope to have it gone before the spring rains start -if the drought dont continue.
My neighbor use to tell me your wood supply is just like having money in the bank. He use to tell me a lot of good things. Helped me out anytime I needed something. I liked that guy. He had a good life, he and his wife.
I love the old-timers and the wholesome advice they would give. I once sat almost 4 HOURS at the barber shop listening to a 95 year old fella (who was actually a distant relative of the wife) talk about his early days at the railroad.....and the going's on around town.
What a great man, the older I get the more I enjoy talking to those men and women......to think of all they've lived through in their lives. If you have an opportunity like that to sit and talk, take the time and do it.....you'll learn something.
Words, "SO WELL SPOKEN SCOTTY" I never realized just how completely stupid I was till I hit about 30 when my father passed, He was 74.... I now understand what he was trying to tell me all these years. Didn't mean to babble, but that statement is so true....
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