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Had a mess to clean up

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by basod, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. basod

    basod Minister of Fire

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    Had three sweetgums dropped. Taking over too much sunlight in the yard and the dang spikey balls aren't pleasant on bare feet in the grass. Not the greatest of firewood, but it's right there in the yard so.....
    A few picks of the progress

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  2. milleo

    milleo Feeling the Heat

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    Nice looking wood to me and free and handy so is good. Whats the door for? Is that the door to your woodshed? ;)
  3. basod

    basod Minister of Fire

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    It's the target door, used to be leaning against the gum trees the middle tree had a pretty good notch shot out of it - another reason I wanted them taken down
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  4. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Looks as if you have some fun work piled up there :)

    (Target tree ? )Some of the rounds will have some lead in them?
    Shouldn't hurt the chain but not sure burning it is a good thing ;)
  5. bigbarf48

    bigbarf48 Minister of Fire

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    Have fun splitting that gum I took down a sweetgum and spli it up last year and it was a pain. Although the difficulty splitting is about outweighed by the fact that it was in your own yard I'd say. Also remember not to over season sweetgum as it rots fast. Happy burning!
  6. BobUrban

    BobUrban Minister of Fire

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    If you can shoot there should be only one small round with lead in it :)
  7. ScotO

    ScotO Guest

    mix that 'gum in with your good stuff for shoulder burns and quick start-ups. Every good woodstack has some softer stuff in it.
    I have lots and lots of silver maple in my stacks. That's what I used pretty much this entire heating season for daytime burning. Silver maple and ash during the day, white oak and locust at night.......
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  8. Ralphie Boy

    Ralphie Boy Minister of Fire

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    Never burned any gum. From what folks say about splitting I don't know if I will. We have lots and lots of silver maple around here so I think I'll stick with that for shoulder seasons and mixing. But if it was in my yard....yeah, I'd most likely process and burn it, but first I'd borrow the neighbors splitter!;)
  9. WoodpileOCD

    WoodpileOCD Minister of Fire

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    Hope you have hydraulics... ;)
  10. basod

    basod Minister of Fire

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    It's all split except the stumps - storms yesterday cut the work day short, and looks as if its going to rain all day today:(
    When halving the big rounds on the splitter the opposite ends open up in nearly perfect zig-zags
    Working them down into smaller pieces I found it'll separate fairly clean on the growth rings.

    And yes the chain goes through FMJ rounds(your feel a little tug) no dulling noticed - those rounds are down in the dump pile
  11. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    That is one flavor of tree that I have never burned. I agree with Scotty...every good wood stack will have some of the lesser woods in it. Shoulder season, quick starts, burning down a coal bed, whatever....
  12. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

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    Amen to that. Gum is worse than elm.

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