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Is anyone piling it really high?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Rory, May 18, 2012.

  1. Hiram Maxim

    Hiram Maxim Minister of Fire

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    One thing Im noticing is how small you guys make your splits? Why so small?

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  2. nate379

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    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!
  3. PapaDave

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    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. ;lol
    I quit trying to emulate Tim Allen a while back. Arg, arg, arg.
  4. nate379

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    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.
  5. Hiram Maxim

    Hiram Maxim Minister of Fire

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    I have RA. and Fibromyalgia, so I totally understand where your coming from....:oops:

    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!

    Cheers, Hiram
  6. PapaDave

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    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'.;lol
  7. ScotO

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    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.
  8. PapaDave

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    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.

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