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From Newbie to Hoarder, saying thanks!

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Bster13, Mar 25, 2013.

  1. Bster13

    Bster13 Minister of Fire

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    Well folks,

    I'm finally secure in my neighborhood name: "wood nut." :p

    I've got 6.2 cords of wood by my calculations....my early stacked were entirely criss-crossed in order to promote maximum drying time, and my later stacks were stacked regular. I have one more "row" to collect/split and when all is said and done, and once I get through my first year of the criss-crossed stacks, I'll have ~8 cords of wood on a regular basis. Which should be great for my 1957, one story, 1974 sq. ft. home in lower CT.

    It's taken me some time to figure out my way of doing things, but I think I've got my system 99% down these days:

    7-ton electric splitter, and stool to sit on and a wheelbarrow. And the occasional wedge/sledge to breakup huge stuff.

    Gone is the Fiskars splitting axe (broke one, got a warranty replacement to sell) and the old tire to split wood, but that way of splitting was good while it lasted (pain in my hands from the shock. I only have one fully functioning hand).

    My little refurb 16in Husky chainsaw has been wonderful and has gone through everything I needed except for the tree trunks I stupidly took on (borrowed a friend's 70cc husky with 28in bar). I'm glad I got that light of a saw... man are those big saws heavy to use all day!

    Anyway I wanted to thank everyone for their continued help...now that it's spring, it's time to hunt for a deal on a Blaze King Princess Insert!!!

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  2. CTFIRE

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    Welcome to the forum. You seem to be well ahead of wood collection. Where in CT are you? I am in Trumbull. Have you been on the Parkway lately and seen all the wood they are processing?
  3. Bster13

    Bster13 Minister of Fire

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    Yes I've seen all the clearing, but they don't let u touch it or pull off the road. (Norwalk)
  4. CTFIRE

    CTFIRE Member

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    True, shame to see all those BTU's go to waste
  5. FireBones

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    I think this forum has these effects on once normal folks :)
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  6. CHeath

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    I like making the vids too! Screw typing!!!

    Nice stacks!
  7. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Off season should be a good time to shop for a stove. Hope you find one at a good price.

    Most of your wood should be good to go.
    Great planning.
  8. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Good work Bster!
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    Blue2ndaries Minister of Fire

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    Great work to get ahead Bster! Best wishes w/the stove hunt; should be the discount season as winter is winding down for the most part.
  10. katwillny

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    Thats pretty impressive in such little time. I can see how your neighbors would call you wood nut. you went on a rampage but hey, this is what we do man. Welcome to the loony bin. !!!
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  11. DexterDay

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    To not have your stove yet? You are WAY ahead of the curve!!

    And to have LOTS of good wood going into next season? And wanting Alien technology (read:Blaze King).

    By my guesstimate- With 6-7 Cord and owning a BK in the Future? You have enough wood to last 15.2 yrs ;lol

    Congrats on the new splitter and you are on your way to an enjoyable wood burning experience. :)
  12. Bster13

    Bster13 Minister of Fire

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    Going to Fireplaces Etc. in Milford, CT this coming weekend to try and negotiate a deal (perhaps on their BK princess insert floor model?). Any tips? (Will need the stove plus install with chimney liner. *gulp*
  13. schlot

    schlot Minister of Fire

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    Neighborhood wood nut...I like that title...well earned I say! LOL. Great job on planning ahead.
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    You've come a long way in a short time with those stacks. The BK Princess is pretty popular here.....have fun shopping:cool:
  15. Bster13

    Bster13 Minister of Fire

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    Don't get me wrong. Hand splitting 4 of those cords just about killed me, and while I ~really~ enjoy splitting (weird, isn't, it?), I won't have to put in nearly this effort in the future as I'm almost two years ahead (I hope, for my 1974 sq. ft. home).
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  16. Bster13

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    Just reread my first post, I'm around 7 cords now, will hopefully be at 8 soon. But what worries me is all the oak in my stacks. I'll be picking through my stacks all next burning season, setting the oak aside. Not sure how that will go.
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  17. schlot

    schlot Minister of Fire

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    That was a concern when I started stacking, so I made sure to stack by species and when I put them up.
  18. Bster13

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    Well too late for that! :p Every once in awhile I'll have part of a pile fall over and I have to restack a bit. No way I'm restacking all those cords AND my newbie self probably will not guess the correct type of wood when separating all the time as the wood isn't even in rounds anymore. hehe.
  19. schlot

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    Oh come on! Practice makes perfect. Lol

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