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Improving... <gulp>... Super Cedars?

Post in 'The Hearth Room - Wood Stoves and Fireplaces' started by billz, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. billz

    billz Member

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    just got my first super cedars. I've read that people use a 1/4 or 1/2 at a time. so how do you cut them in half? just break them or do you have some other trick? thanks

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  2. Scols

    Scols Burning Hunk

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    Breakem
  3. fossil

    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    Utility knife, a few up/down strokes through the plastic wrapper in both directions, then bust it both ways and dump the quarters in a plastic bucket. Takes no time, and is nice and neat. I like the ones without labels, as I can see the light score marks from the press and use them as a guide, but it doesn't really matter. Rick
  4. WellSeasoned

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    I break mine in the package they come in. Break into quarters.
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  5. Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle

    Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle Minister of Fire

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    Break them into a container, catches the "dust".
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  6. melissa71

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    I use a gallon size freezer bag. The regular bags rip too easy, or I'm just too rough, lol. I put one or two in the bag, and break it into 1/4s while it's in the bag. That way there are no crumbs, and the rest is ready for later. I think I read about someone else doing it that way here, but I can't rember who. It works out really well.
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    I use a brick chisel and hammer right through the plastic wrap into quarters. The wrap stays in tact so I just put them back in the box until I need them.
  8. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    I just push down on'em still in the package on the edge of the kitchen counter. Then slice the wrapper over a coffee can and drop the quarters and the pixie dust into the can.
  9. bluedogz

    bluedogz Minister of Fire

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    I hope this doesn't seem out of line... just asking...

    I think it'd be great if Super Cedars were scored across the face for easy splitting, since it seems most folks start up with 1/4 of SC anyway.

    Does that add too many manufacturing steps?
  10. Hogwildz

    Hogwildz Minister of Fire

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    That is what a hatchet is for.
    Next you'll want someone to snap them into quarters for you. ;-)
    Hows that 30 doing for ya this year?
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  11. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    I just snap them into quarters while still wrapped. It's easy to just take them in hand and snap in half, then snap in half again. This way the crumbs stay contained in the packaging.
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    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    There are shallow score marks under the label.
  13. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    Jedi light saber.

    Well I would if I had one.

    Until then I just break them in half and then the halves in half again using the corner of my woodbox.
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    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    I was shamed for my lack of manliness and inability to easily break the Super Cedar into quarters by hand by Backwoods Savage . . . until I manned up . . . well that and I now use the corner of my woodbox.
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    bluedogz Minister of Fire

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    Ok... now all you smart**es put a hand in your pocket and break 'em.
    BBart- mine have no scores... s'why I asked.
    Actually, a junky steak knife I got at the $ store works too.
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    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    I think I could still do it . . . just a bit more of a challenge.
  18. billz

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    all I can say is WOW. I knew you all would have some ideas that I wouldn't think of...thanks
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    Just break them by hand. Unless you feel the need to have perfect 1/4's it works just fine, no special tools needed!
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    I first used a butcher knife.....set it on the super cedar and smacked it with a rubber mallet. One wack is all it took. Nice clean cut. I just break them now. As others have said unless you want a nice clean cut and perfect quarters, breaking them works just fine. I have a small round box my wife gave me that I keep them in. I just break some and fill it when it gets empty.
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    I just use the sharp edge of the stovetop or ash lip, while still in the package. Center, press, voila!
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    I simply break them with my hands before opening the package. It is simple. The new case we bought does not have wrappers but that is no problem.

    btw, we store the broken ones in a zip lock bag. When those 4 are gone, I break another puck.
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    I think it depends upon what you order. Some are scored and some are not. We've always had the scored and it no doubt does make it easier to break straight.
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    I ordered mine without any wrappers - they have very shallow scores. My hands are not strong enough to snap them so use a steak knife on them - a bit of a project, I do around 5 at a time.
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    I heard Hearth.com Members uses one of these to slice em.

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