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Got myself a little scrounge

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by schlot, Sep 22, 2012.

  1. schlot

    schlot Minister of Fire

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    Developer is putting in a new building and unfortunately a nice stand of trees will have to taken down. Construction starts Monday so I worked last night and will hit it hard today and tomorrow. Some nice straight ash and maple trees mixed in there.

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  2. ScotO

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    Schlot, we need some pics.......just to satisfy our primal urge for firewood.....;)

    BTW, sounds like you hit a little jackpot there!
  3. Wood Duck

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    I'd drop straight trees, cut out the easy to reach, straight sections into the longest length you can easily lift, and concentrate on moving as much wood as possible as fast as possible. Leave behind anything that is not easy to get. I am assuming that on monday anything left behind will be bulldozed, chipped, or otherwise made unavailable to you, so the name of the game is to save as much wood as possible. You can cut pieces to stove length at your leisure once you get them home. I find that when I am cutting trees in the 6 to 10 inch range or so, it is faster to move 4 to 8 ft lengths out of the woods than it is to move stove length wood. I make fewer trips with the larger pieces, and as long as they aren't too heavy I end up with more wood moved in the available time, I think.
  4. schlot

    schlot Minister of Fire

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  5. schlot

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    Sorry, still trying to get the hang of how to insert pic links here. Click on the thumbnail to see it better.

    I took four nice straight ash and one maple. Two trucks load completely full...poor truck.I am going to flag a couple trees and see if they can be saved when the parking lot is designed. An oak and ash were out by themselves and look pretty nice.Would add some character to the project.

    The site has a bunch of tall spruce and a few aspen too, which I'm not going to grab as there are more an enough ash for me.The site is has perfect access and most of the ash are straight and pretty tall.

    Poulan Pro I bought Friday already needs a sharpening. Glad I bought a back up chain.
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  6. Wood Duck

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    If you cut five trees with the chain without needing to sharpen halfway thru I think you're doing pretty well. Chains need a lot of sharpening.
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    Congrats on the score! Hope ya get the other trees. Hopefully you can get some help from the crews tomorrow and get more.
  8. Backwoods Savage

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    Schlot, that looks like some easy cutting there. Good for you on getting this wood.

    On the chain needing sharpening, you will do well to start sharpening your self and do it often. Don't think I've ever cut that much without sharpening a chain. btw, I sharpened by hand for many, many moons but my hands hurt to much now so I got one of the little dremel tools for sharpening and it is quick and simple to do. I highly recommend it but there is a trick to it.

    On the pictures, the easiest way to insert pictures is to use the "Upload a File" button on the bottom. Just choose the picture that is on your computer and upload it. Then you can choose to post it regular size or thumbnail. Works great and is super easy.
  9. schlot

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    Thanks for the input. I was wondering if the chain was holding up. It's just a Poulan brand so wasn't sure how good they are.

    I plan on sharpening myself, probably do the manual method for now since I don't cut a lot. Is there a better brand of sharpeners? I did buy the extra so I could have one around in case of problems.

    Unfortunately the crews will dispense with the rest pretty quickly tomorrow, so it's today or never. Heading back out.
  10. Beer Belly

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    A scrounge of that size.....I'd burn 2 vacation days and go for it
  11. schlot

    schlot Minister of Fire

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    Here is a picture of about 1/3 of what I cut. I've split and stacked some already.
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  12. Backwoods Savage

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    Well the wood you got is good wood. Hope you can find more.
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  13. bogydave

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    Maybe they can push the logs to the side & let you keep hammering away until they need the space or you got what you want. :)
    Worth asking. Many of the constructions guys hate to see wood go to waste.
    Might get some "yellow metal" help moving it to a good location ;)
  14. schlot

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    Good idea.

    Looks like there is a delay in the project so I might be able to snag another couple truck loads this weekend....crossing my fingers and toes...and possibly eyes.
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  15. schlot

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    Starting to process my haul. My father in law surprised me with a 22 ton Speedco splitter. He said it's for both of us to use, but he doesn't have a fire place so I guess I will be the one using it.

    Got a start on the pile. Set in on 12' of pallets. Mostly ash with a little elm mixed in there.

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  16. Backwoods Savage

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    Good start schlot.
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    Looks like some nice ash splits.

    Nice Job
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    Looking good.
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    That's money in the bank! Keep adding to the pile!

    I'm at 16 cords ready (in sequence of course) and another 5 and half or so of oak only for '14

    JP
  20. schlot

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    I can only admire all the work you guys do to get so far ahead when you need so much wood for heat.
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    LOL.. Problem is.. I don't know if I have one year, or 4! :) This is the first winter. I'm still cutting. It won't go bad!

    I cut another probably cord and a half today. I've got it all bucked now. I go to "work" tomorrow for a week.... so it'll have to wait to be split. I tend to process in little batches, and clean up the bark and junk after each batch. Keeps it looking neat.

    It is a disease... and I have it bad.

    JP
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    I hear you on keeping it neat....picky neighbors and a small yard help me with that.
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    I can just credit OCD. ;) No one to see my horde. A few minutes back dragging with the bucket does surprisingly well to pile up the bark and chips.... but leaves the gravel alone.

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