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Free locust, if you happen to be near Pittsburgh

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Jon1270, Dec 4, 2012.

  1. Jon1270

    Jon1270 Minister of Fire

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    I don't know if this belongs here or in the classifieds section, but in case anyone here is near Pittsburgh, I wanted to point out this Craigslist ad:

    http://pittsburgh.craigslist.org/mat/3436946386.html

    This is just a few miles from my house, but I've already got all I can store. A suburban homeowner had several trees taken down. The wood is mostly black locust, but there's also some silver maple. It's already bucked and piled up in the yard, and the homeowner is doing some regrading so he doesn't mind if you drive right up to the pile. I'm not very experienced at judging loose wood piles, but I think there's around 3 cords still there.

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  2. TimJ

    TimJ Minister of Fire

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    you better get that and find another place to hoard ( I mean store) wood
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  3. Standingdead

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    3 cords of mostly locust, bucked, just looking for a new home....brings tears to me eyes! Wood is like time spent with a beautiful woman....you can't ever get enough! Now get going and grab that wood. Do it for us out here who could only dream about finding such a scrounge. And post pics so your friends here on hearth can admire your good fortune and dream about the day when they may get so lucky :)
  4. blujacket

    blujacket Minister of Fire

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    I would make room for Locust. Use your neighbors yard if you have to.!!!
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  5. Thistle

    Thistle Minister of Fire

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    Gonna say... Are you on good terms with the neighbors & do they have a big yard? ;lol
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  6. loon

    loon Minister of Fire

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    I found out way back from the board here to get as much of it as possible :cool:

    Great burning stuff!!

    loon
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  7. Jon1270

    Jon1270 Minister of Fire

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    Besides being short on storage space, I can only take about 1/5 cord per trip because my hauling vehicle is a 1994 Volvo station wagon. I may yet grab some more of it (my wife is even encouraging this, which surprises me) but there are limits. My neighbors are already amused by the racks and stacks on my patio.
  8. Jon1270

    Jon1270 Minister of Fire

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    Also: though this is my first season and may be an aberration, I've been surprised at the number of offers of free firewood in the area. I'm in a 1950's suburban development, and between houses there are mature hardwood trees all over the place. When one has to come down, the homeowners often save money by giving the wood away so the tree service doesn't have to haul it away. Just across the street there's a good-sized white oak scheduled to come down in the spring, and I may not even try to get any of it because I don't have the space to store wood for 2-3 years while it dries. In my circumstance, faster-drying locust and mulberry (both common around here) seem like better choices.
  9. Jon1270

    Jon1270 Minister of Fire

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    My front walkway, as requested.

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  10. swagler85

    swagler85 Minister of Fire

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    Dang I just drove through there on Sunday. Had I known I would stopped
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  11. Jon1270

    Jon1270 Minister of Fire

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    Still available (except for the little pile of stuff that's already split, which is now in my yard.)
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  12. ohlongarm

    ohlongarm Minister of Fire

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    Scores like that don't often happen,U R lucky get it all if you can it's primo.
  13. Boom Stick

    Boom Stick Feeling the Heat

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    I would never drive by that without stopping....my sickness doesn't allow. There is always room for more.
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  14. ScotO

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    DAMMIT IF I WASN'T BUILDING THIS FIREPLACE, I'D MAKE THAT TRIP!! NO CHIT!!

    There is a TON of good stuff there, more than a couple of months (maybe even a half season's worth) of overnight burn wood there.......
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  15. ScotO

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    NOTHING LIKE DANGLING A JUICY RED STEAK OVER A PACK OF STARVING DOGS..........
  16. Standingdead

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    Thanks jon1270! That scrounge is as close to perfect as I have ever seen!

    One of the long timers here should start a "SCROUNGE OF THE MONTH CLUB". I would nominate " jon1270 multi cords of split and bucked locust" for December. It would be neat in a couple of years to flip through photo and discriptions of the great kills :).
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  17. Jon1270

    Jon1270 Minister of Fire

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    I didn't get quite that lucky. The wood is already bucked, but I did the splitting. I can fit more in the Volvo that way.
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  18. BrianK

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    I don't know how I missed this thread when it was first posted but I just called the CL ad and they still have a lot of wood available. I'm going to drive over this weekend and pick up a load. My trailer will haul 1.5 cord so its worth a trip for me if just for the opportunity to try some black locust.

    Thanks for posting this Jon!
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  19. BrianK

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    Thanks again Jon for the heads up.

    I brought home a 16x6 trailer load today, and might go back in the future if its not all gone.It was a 58 mile drive so I spent about $40 in gas on the round trip, but that's not bad at all for almost 1.5 cords of bucked locust.

    Wow, that stuff is heavy. I picked up the yard cart in the second photo last year on CL cheap, the log cart was from Harbor Freight yesterday, original price $69.99, on sale for $40(?), with the 20% off coupon $33 out the door. Cheaply made but served us well today. Both served us well bringing the wood down from the top of their back yard in the third photo:

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  20. ScotO

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    Great score, Brian! I'm glad you got it, you'll be loving that stuff come next winter, I will guarantee you that!
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  21. BrianK

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    Thanks Scotty.

    Fortunately my oldest son (20, in the photo) came home from college Thursday night and was able to help. My youngest son is 16 and my usual helper but couldn't come along due to a stomach bug. I wouldn't mind picking up a second load next weekend if the weather permits. There are probably two more trailer loads left at least, including the silver maple.
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  22. Jon1270

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    Hey, I was wondering whether you'd make it out here today. Glad it was so fruitful. It looks like you cleaned up the area alongside the house, and saved the pachysandra, which I'm sure the homeowner is happy about. My lumber racks are full, but I'm still tempted to go for another load.
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    good job...

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