Hauling It Out With A Sled

Mr A Posted By Mr A, Mar 16, 2013 at 4:25 AM

  1. Mr A

    Mr A
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Nov 18, 2011
    597
    177
    Loc:
    N. California
    I have come across a downed oak tree located where there is no vehicle access. Seems like a lot of work considering it has to be hauled about 1/4 mile across soon to be dry meadow grass, to the side of the road where I can throw it in my truck. The tree is about 2 ft. across. I figure it would be about thirty 16 inch rounds to make a cord, and that doesn't seem so bad. Then, I figure I could do one at a time easily, the round would be about two hundred pounds, maybe less since it has been down a while. A quarter mile back and forth would be what, 15 miles? This is but one example of how I plan to feed my addiction to collecting firewood. No pics, it hasn't happened yet. Back to sleep now, and my dreams of easier pickin's.
     
    ScotO likes this.
  2. pen

    pen
    There are some who call me...mod. 2.
    NULL
    
    Staff Member

    Aug 2, 2007
    7,738
    1,525
    Loc:
    N.E. Penna
    The gym will miss your membership.
     
    ScotO likes this.
  3. Jon1270

    Jon1270
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Aug 25, 2012
    1,936
    1,073
    Loc:
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Have you considered burning the extra food you'd have to eat to do this, instead?
     
    PapaDave likes this.
  4. Woody Stover

    Woody Stover
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Dec 25, 2010
    7,428
    2,124
    Loc:
    Southern IN
    Brutal.
     
  5. TimJ

    TimJ
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Apr 10, 2012
    1,231
    802
    Loc:
    Southeast Indiana
    Hats off to you Mr. A
    I wouldn't doubt that you would even do it if the temps were above 70 degrees
     
  6. BobUrban

    BobUrban
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Jul 24, 2010
    1,922
    1,133
    Loc:
    Central Michigan
    Can you say, "Henry David Thoreau..." That, my friend, is a commitment!! I am by no means of calling you out or asking for your "man card" - nor am I turning mine in. But, EASILY??? Nope, not at all. Load your sled, wagon, wheel barrel, whatever... with wood and walk it back and fourth across your lawn a few times and then imagine the woods and field - not happening. 200lbs is a ton in ten trips and just beyond the value of any wood for me. I just went and took two aspirin after reading your post.
     
    Backwoods Savage and Mr A like this.
  7. NortheastAl

    NortheastAl
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Dec 30, 2012
    676
    389
    Loc:
    Putnam, NY
    I'm hurtin' and tired just having read your post, Mr A. That's where I draw the line and pay for my wood. I've done some things that don't quite measure up to financial sanity, but you could actually hurt yourself real bad in the process of scrounging this "score." I'd think twice before embarking upon an enterprise such as this.
     
  8. lukem

    lukem
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Jan 12, 2010
    3,687
    1,518
    Loc:
    Indiana
    Yuck.
     
  9. Mr A

    Mr A
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Nov 18, 2011
    597
    177
    Loc:
    N. California
    I did 3 hauls this morning after an early morning breakfast of a hamburger and fries at Denny's. Hauling a few rounds out was easier than I thought it would be, they're smaller than I originally thought, 16"-18", I didn't measure. The dolly is 12" across. The terrain is fairly flat. It is an over flow area along a creek. I used a hand truck, it hasn't rained in awhile and the ground was fairly firm. It took about an hour to make a few cuts and walk them out. Not a quick or easy score, but a good way to work off a hamburger, and get some free oak, but darn it if that's not some good looking wood.. I should get a donkey to help with this.
    Pics- The trees, the hand truck, and the day's haul.
     

    Attached Files:

    Backwoods Savage likes this.
  10. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage
    Minister of Fire 2.
    NULL
    

    Feb 14, 2007
    27,815
    7,368
    Loc:
    Michigan
    Mr A. My hat is off to you man. That can be some tough and slow work but you've found a way. I might suggest standing those rounds up rather than laying them down. It might work but it might not. I'd also be very tempted to tie that cart on the back of a lawn mower to pull those logs out. Or perhaps you might know someone with an atv? Geeze, if we were close you could even use our dray but that would be a long way to go because you live many, many miles from us.
     

Share This Page