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Free firewood score, how to get it out ??

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by HDRock, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. HDRock

    HDRock Minister of Fire

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    :) I Ifound a bunch of free ash ,Several Full Cords, was cut down, year and a half ago, in the pic you see the pile of logs on the left, that were easy to get to, are already gone.
    There are more piles of logs out there that you cannot see, and whole trees, some 20 inch diameter.
    There is very little room to maneuver around the back of the house, and the wood is like 50 to 75 feet or more back in , the logs that there cut up are about 4 feet long, small ones I can carry out, but like I said hardly any room to maneuver to hook up in drag out with the Jeep.
    Because I'm so new to this I am looking for all suggestions ,how is best way get this out to load it .

    Possibilities, I have a dolly with 10" pneumatic tires , it can be laid down iand used like a cart but the wheels on the other end are only 4".

    I have a hand winch I could hook to the truck or trailer , that would be time-consuming .
    I could cut the stuff up and carry it out

    I am also thinking about this , Winch with Automatic Load-Holding Brake, 2000 lb. Electric ATV/UTV ,
    hook it to the trailer or the Jeep , temporarily get some wire , hook right to the battery , while in use .

    There is a lot of wood out there, the guy is selling his house, he will be gone the 10th,.
    He said ,He would talk to the new owner and see if I can still get in there, but said she does want the wood gone


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  2. Halligan

    Halligan Feeling the Heat

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    I know you say it's tight but is there any way to get a motorized vehicle in the yard? Even a garden tractor with small trailer attached will make life easier.
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  3. HDRock

    HDRock Minister of Fire

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    I do have an 18hp tractor, and a little dump trailer, I don't know if I can fit both in my trailer.
    I can get the truck n trailer ,back behind the house but not up in the woods
  4. Pallet Pete

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    WOW HD !! WAY TO SCORE BIG !

    If there is enough snow by then or even if not I would ask Dennis Backwood Savage for a pic of his log sled. That thing is very simple and can really move a lot of it is hooked to a Lawn Mower, ATV, Jeep you name it.

    Pete
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  5. Halligan

    Halligan Feeling the Heat

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    Can you drop one off and bring the other. Haul the wood and then pick up tractor and trailer after? If the ground is frozen and it's managable I would try and gey my truck down there. I can get my truck in some tight spot's. You just got to think ouside the box/norm.
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  6. Pallet Pete

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    Also my buddy and I are most likely going to Davison for wood tomorrow. If you want help maybe we could get my little s10 in there to move them out ! I have a 2000lb winch not hooked to anything right now as well we may be able to use !

    pete
  7. Backwoods Savage

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    HD, you are welcome to come get the dray. You will notice there is a ratchet strap for holding the wood in place. You can load lots on this dray and it will pull very easy. It would certainly make the work faster and a whole lot easier. The idea with the winch would really be super slow. Also, most winches want you to run them only a few minutes then stop until they cool off. They are just too slow for most uses.

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  8. HDRock

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    I gotta get on this , and start gettin it out, or he may call some of the other people that have contacted him, he said he didn't want to do that , but he seems impatient

    Good thing is it's only 8mi away
  9. Backwoods Savage

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    Don't wait then HD. I hope this is close to home.
  10. WellSeasoned

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    I would get permission to run a quad or a tractor to get it out. Even a contractor would use motorized vehicle to get it out. A heavy duty strap/sling should make short work of it, or a sled like B.W.Savage has. Good luck!
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  11. HDRock

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    I will get over there tomorrow and start getting what I can, then I will have to get the mower deck off the tractor, change the oil.
    Then maybe I will come and get the dray. I don't use my tractor in the winter usually, have a snow blower for the snow .I used to plow with it and have chains for it
    Thanks a whole lot for the offer backwoods , and Pete, I don't think the s10 will get up in there either .
    I just went and took a look at 4pm today , when I get over there tomorrow I will be able to assess it better
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  12. HDRock

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    Well I got the tractor flooded now :) took the plugs out, brought em in to dry
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  13. WellSeasoned

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    It never ends huh?good luck
  14. bogydave

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    Heavy duty plastic sled one or home made if the snow stays, but even then a sled helps.
    Cut to 16" & wheel barrow to the truck.
    I'd be getting it out some way.
    50 to 75 feet won't / shouldn't stop you much. Good exercise ;)

    Time is a-wast'n. Better get humping! Some "Primo" wood laying there
    Call friends, family, buddies, relatives, who-ever but get that wood LOL :)
    Good luck.
  15. amateur cutter

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    Nice score HD. The tractor is probably the best bet unless you can weasel the Jeep in there. As Dave said, do what you have too to get it, that's great firewood. Sled, wheelbarrow, bribe Pete with beer;lol , He's really good help, set up lights to work in the dark, etc. Can you get permission to cut some small trees to widen the access? A C
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  16. Augie

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    If you cannot get all of this out throw some bones our way, I'm less than 20min from you and would love a to help you /get in on this.
    I actually have been waiting on the snow to move some wood out of dense forest myself. I have a sled, simple cheap plastic ones, and a waist harness setup that I use to haul heavy stuff in the winter. Winter camping, wood, ect. Say 200 or so pounds at a shot. Costs about 12.00 to rig up. let me know.

    Edit to add: I work for myself so I can help during the day. Hello I'd be there Monday if ya want it.
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  17. Pallet Pete

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    Right on but I will help for free HD I have enough beer already heck I will bring you some !

    Pete
  18. ScotO

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    Dennis, that dray looks pretty cool....I may have to build one similar. I found a couple of really REALLY nice white oak logs up on the farm, they were blown over during Sandy and they're mine for the taking. did you put steel runners on them skids or is it just wood? They may work for my logs. I'd like to cut at least two or three white oak logs at 9' or so (they are 30" diameter trees), there is a couple red oaks I may take as well if this dray works out......let me know some dimensions and materials if you can.
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  19. ScotO

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    By the way, HD, that is a great score. I'd take a couple of these guys in with you if there is that much wood......the more people, the more each of you can get out of there in a given period......

    We expect pics of the WHOLE process, you do understand that, right? ;)
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  20. HDRock

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    I do have this sled, and another like it

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    My setup is a bigger sled. Say 6' long by 18ish wide. Using the waist belt from a external frame backpack.
  22. ScotO

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    You need a setup like this, HD....I call that homemade sleigh "The Mule"....

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  23. wishlist

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    HD, Can you get a 4 wheeler back there and a 5x10 trailer close to it? I can help you out this wknd? If not the trailer then I'm sure I can make a quick dray like Dennis has and we can pull them out? Disclaimer : I have a severe wood hoarder disorder ( my inventory is stocked till 2021) and I under no circumstances want this wood! :D

    Just a thought, we could grab a pallet and put skids under it? Pete is going to Davison and he has some microbrewed beer!
  24. HDRock

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    I think Pete got sleepy, and went to bed ;lol
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    Cut it to length and throw it in a wheel barrow. This decision should not require much thought.
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