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Posted By Rory,
May 18, 2012 at 8:11 PM
One thing Im noticing is how small you guys make your splits? Why so small?
I'm going mine about 5.5ft high this year. About as high as I can go without needing to stand on a bucket or ladder to see.
I do my splits in a mix, so I have smaller stuff to fit in the "wholes" in the stove and big honking ones to burn for a long time.
Most the pics looks like toothpicks though!
Hiram, now that I'm ahead, I've been making the splits a bit bigger. However, there's a point of diminishing returns. For me.
With Arthur-itis, bigger splits just don't work.
Some of us don't have the magical BK's, either.
I quit trying to emulate Tim Allen a while back. Arg, arg, arg.
Arthuritis is no fun. I have it bad in my back, Doc says equal to someone about 70 yrs old... I've still got about 40 years to go! My hands and knees not a whole lot better.
Mobic really helps.
I have RA. and Fibromyalgia, so I totally understand where your coming from....
One thing with the bigger splits is less work, and when You get ahead they have all the time in the world to season.
I have been using a neighbor kid to do the lifting and stack (see cheating)
I use a lot of 2x4's to fill in the gaps, there is a truss manufacture down the road from me with lots of free scrap 12" up to 3'....kiln dried but still plenty wet!
Yep, had an MRI several years ago to pinpoint it. The tech said mine lit up like a Christmas tree.
Bigger splits is fewer cuts, less handling, etc., but if I can't lift 'em after a while, doesn't matter. Sucks to be me, I guess.
I did, however, start making the splits bigger a couple years ago once I started getting ahead. Now, it's biting me in the arse.
Just can't win, I tell ya'.
Hiram, I used to make my splits alot bigger until I joined this site, now I make a lot of them small to medium (3" to 5") and I noticed they seem to season a lot quicker. I still have a lot of larger splits for the overnighters and extended burn times.
I have quite the mix. Anywhere from 2-3" (kindling) up to 6-7" rounds of oak. Larger rounds split in half too for overnight.