Got Locust?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by AnalogKid, Nov 21, 2012.

  1. AnalogKid

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    Had a big one taken out today. :cool: Those base rounds are a about 25". Not sure how I am going to get those split....? :confused:
     

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    That's some nice firewood analogkid, how about renting a splitter.
     
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    Oh that is nice.
     
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    I just processed a tree that size. Noodled the largest rounds in half and then went to town with the fiskars. Good luck!
     

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    Oh I'll definitely be using a splitter, but I'm not sure how I will be able to lift them to the splitter then hold them in place. They are HEAVY!
     
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    Is your splitter just horizontal?
     
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    I have no splitter......yet. :)
     
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    Go vertical or go home!! With a back injury.
     
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    I rented one this past weekend - as I learned here the one questioned I asked before I rented it "Can it be used vertically". I'm glad I did, had the simular problem, it took three of us to wrangle the trunk pieces on a side so we could roll them to the splitter the BOOM as they laid back down.

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    Nice pile of round & some serious BTUs.
    Locust not that tough of a wood t split.
    You might be surprised, hit a few of them with a maul & the may split like a ripe watermelon ;)
     
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    Wondering why you would stack them if they are so heavy, wood is alot of work without double stacking, anyway good score. I guess I mean I believe I could get a maul and split them easyer than stacking them rounds.
     
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    That's what I'd suggest. Worst case is you use a maul (and wedge if necessary) to break them into smaller pieces that can be easier to get to the splitter.
     
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    It's going to be awhile before I have an opportunity to get that split. I wanted to keep them off the ground, especially if we were to get snow before I have a chance to get to it.
     
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    Newb question; will they split (with maul) a little easier after they've had a little time to dry? Right now that wet core feels like stone!
     
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    I have never split locust, but I'm pretty sure the general consensus is that pretty much all wood is easiest to split while fresh/green. Hit it right next to the far edge and work your way across, rather than trying to split right from dead center.
     
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    If those rounds are too heavy to get onto the splitter yourself, provide beer, and help will come. Depending on what part of CT you're in, I could be part of that help!
     
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    +1
    medium hit on the far edge & center, then just 1" inside the wood near you, nice straight split ;)
     
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    AK, that oughta keep you busy for a minute or two.
     
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    AnalogKid, I have split ALOT of locust, all by hand. I guarantee you even though big round will not be that hard to split. The greener you split it the better. You can get all of that split in no time, seriously :)
     
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    just got done splitting locust..maybe not that big, but big. A X27 working around the edges will make that easy and quick work...if your having trouble, cut those 4 or so bigger ones in half, and one strike per split should work......by hand is atleast way easier than trying to position, split, re position, split etc.
     
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    Just ordered a Fiskars X27 from Amazon! Need to leave for business on saturday, it will be waiting for me when I get home next thursday.

    It's the little things.....:)
     
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    +1 Locust splits pretty easy, tends to grow straight especially the big ones.
     
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    Wow. That is awesome!
     
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    what is the drying time for locust ? Just split some up and wondered if it will be ready for next season.
     
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    Not likely, anyway mine never has been. It's a hard wood and very dense takes me a solid 2 years.
     
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