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Free stumps - pros/cons

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Jim K in PA, Sep 30, 2008.

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  1. Jim K in PA

    Jim K in PA Minister of Fire

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    OK - I came across a local CL ad for some short trunk sections (2-4') and stumps. Stumps are out of the ground, and are Oak/SB Hickory.

    Pros:
    Free
    Not far from home
    high density - plenty of Btus
    decent amount of volume (prob. 2-3 cords worth)
    Free

    Cons:
    Heavy
    Hard to maneuver
    Hard to split
    Cutting risks (stones and other chain killers)
    Longer time to season/dry

    Sounds to me like it is not worth considering. Any other perspectives?

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  2. RedRanger

    RedRanger New Member

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    Think you have about covered it, specially the cons. Really not worth the effort, unless you are absoutley desperate.
  3. Shipper50

    Shipper50 Minister of Fire

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    I answered a local Indiana CL and it was basically the same thing. Guy had some maple chunks dropped off a couple of years ago at his house in 20-24 inch diameter and about 15 feet long. Took me 2 hours to cut and hand split the wood to get about a half trucks worth. Not worth it in my old opinion.

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  4. Joey Jones

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    If one has a good chain saw and a splitter I'd say go for the stumps...You could probably get a weeks burning out of a 4' stump. IMHO
  5. savageactor7

    savageactor7 Minister of Fire

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    If you're scrounging and have noting else to take I'd go for it till something else comes along. I thinking 3 cords is a lot of money saved if you use heating oil. A hard nosed bar is good to use with stumps or brush esp stumps all piled together with the roots still attached.

    Oak and hickory... if someone had already cut them and piled them up and there were no roots...I would have already been there cause with the junk I burn that's prime wood to me.
  6. RedRanger

    RedRanger New Member

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    This is true, but how much is it gonna cost him in ruined chains? I did this one time only and it was absoutley brutal on my chain. So maybe, you shoulda said if he has a good chain saw and a whole bunch of used and worn out chains that he doesn`t mind toasting :p
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    Just cause its a stump and its up out of the ground does not at all mean the one will destroy a saw chain? Free is free. If your really that worried about it go to Home Cheepot and get yourself one of those cheep Chines Oregon chains. Free is free, so what you smoke a thirty dollar chain or two you are still ahead. Highly doubt the stove will care that its a "stump" being placed in it...IMO
  8. RedRanger

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    It`s not just the chain damage, one`s I had delivered were 40" across, took me forever to gnaw thru it with my little 16" saw. :down:
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    I understand what your saying Sonny
  10. Jim K in PA

    Jim K in PA Minister of Fire

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    Thanks for the insight guys. If I were really scrounging for wood, I doubt I would have even posted the question. I may still consider going to see them, since they are not far from the house. However, the work to process the equivalent amount of wood from straight timber is far less than dealing with the stumps. The only attraction to me is the high density of the stump wood. High density = more Btus.

    And NOTHING is ever really free. My wood getter burns a gallon of gas every 6-8 miles, depending on the load.

    If I go see them I'll post some pics.
  11. billb3

    billb3 Minister of Fire

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    They can be a lot of work.
    One giant gnarl, usually.
    I've cut a couple ( ruined chains) just because I had to be rid of them, but I wouldn't go looking for more of them.
  12. Seasoned Oak

    Seasoned Oak Minister of Fire

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    Firefighter29 What kind of burn times are you getting from your TL-300 Say with a full load of seasoned hardwood on the lowest air setting. Most of the posters here do not believe the burn times that I and Mishmouse are getting with this stove.
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