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kindling - bucks county

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by micaaronfl, Oct 1, 2013.

  1. micaaronfl

    micaaronfl Member

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    hello all,

    i have a merrimack insert and i burn about 2 cords of wood a year in bucks county pa.

    i usually buy my kindling at HD, i used to buy the bags of kiln dried kindling. looks like HD now only sells it bundled and stapled together- also seems like there is less in the cube now.

    id rather not make my own kindling or scavenge in the woods, i was wondering if anyone buys online and where? i was debating on getting a box of fatwood.

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  2. Woody Stover

    Woody Stover Minister of Fire

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    Do you buy your wood?
  3. micaaronfl

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    yes the place though doesnt sell kindling
  4. Bluerubi

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    I have the merrimack as well, and burn 6-8 cords per year. I've converted to super cedars instead of the kindling route, so provided your wood is well seasoned you could probably do the same.
  5. Joful

    Joful Minister of Fire

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    Where in Bucks? There are a few furniture shops, all of which would have scraps of KD stock... but most have at least one woodburner in the shop, taking it all home for himself. What's the problem with scavenging your own?

    If you don't mind going to pick it up, there's a yard waste recycling facility operated by Doylestown Township, off New Britain Rd. They used to always have a mountainous pile of twigs, from which you could take/leave what you like. Not sure how it's operated these days, though. 215-348-9915.

    Some twigs and a 100-count pack of SuperCedars will keep you in fire for a good couple of years.
  6. micaaronfl

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    i do have super cedar i split each disk into 4's. i always had problems lighting larger logs with it though
  7. micaaronfl

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    interesting about doylestown having the yard recycling. i am in jamison. so u said off new britain road? trying to google for directions
  8. Woody Stover

    Woody Stover Minister of Fire

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    Like Bluerubi said, your fuel has to be pretty dry or you will be fighting it with no kindling-sized wood. A lot of folks use just the SuperCedars to get a load of bigger splits going, and Fatwood should work too. Maybe you could find a source for 2x4 construction scraps (untreated Pine) or scraps from a cabinet shop? Pine starts really quick, though....
  9. Bluerubi

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    I've had fatwood and there were issues with starting the larger splits. Super cedars seem to be a world apart in performance.
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  10. Joful

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    I'm not familiar with them, but Ritter Farm on Rushland Road is also listed as a yard-waste drop-off site for Jamison. Might be worth a call, to see if they'd let you pick thru a pile of drop-offs for a few boxes of twings / kindling. 215-598-3058

  11. micaaronfl

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    joful where did u get that info at? which website?
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  13. Hogwildz

    Hogwildz Minister of Fire

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    When I lived in Warrington, there was a firewood place on 611 on the south side of Doylestown right at the split off of 611. Bet they may have all the kindling you could want.
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  14. Ram 1500 with an axe...

    Ram 1500 with an axe... Minister of Fire

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    1 split and a fiskars hatchet gives a 3 weeks supply in about 10 minutes or so
  15. My Oslo heats my home

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    I'm in construction and over the last 5 years or so I have used the spruce and fir scraps. I hand spilt them to kindling size and store them under the covered porch. When I start my fires from scratch I use 4-5 of the kindling pieces and some small splits to set up the kindling. I'm a bottom up fire starter, with 2 pieces of newspaper I light and walk away. I generally have an excellent draft in my 25' chimney and in short time away she goes.
  16. Paulywalnut

    Paulywalnut Minister of Fire

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    I get scraps from local HD or Lowes and take an hour or so and split it all down to kindling to last almost the whole season.
    Fatwood or super cedar will catch on to pine kindling quickly if your wood is not quite seasoned.
  17. Paulywalnut

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    Maybe this guy on 611 will be wondering why he's so popular all of a sudden;lol
  18. HDRock

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    Pick up a couple of free pallets and bust em up
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  19. Hogwildz

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    X2, most local hardware stores will let you take all the pallets you want.
    Nothing like good oak kindling!
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  20. Shadow&Flame

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    Like others have said, check on getting some pallets or construction scraps. Also check for cabinet shops in your area...they have a lot
    of scrap wood.
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  21. BucksCounty

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    Guy on 611. Brights. Not sure how receptive he'd be. Warwick green grinders on rushland always has tons of wood from tree services. It kills me to see them grind it all up. Never had courage to ask to take some when I drop off brush. Guy I had out fishing on boat this summer owns an organic recycling facility in white plains, by. He said ask and he'd be sure they would give me some. I'm not so sure???

    Miccaaronfl, if you get in a bind finding kindling, pm me and I'll get you some. I have plenty of dry poplar that works well.
  22. Backwoods Savage

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    That tells us that your wood is not very dry for sure. Try getting your wood earlier and leaving it to dry out in the wind. Many can be burned in a year after being split but if you are trying to do that with oak, that can be a big problem. Oak takes 2-3 years. We give it 3 for sure here.
  23. Ram 1500 with an axe...

    Ram 1500 with an axe... Minister of Fire

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    Well, your not suppose to start a fire with larger logs.... That's the biggest problem at issue here...
  24. Hogwildz

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    Well damn, I can only fit splits and rounds in mine, Can't get a whole log in there.....>>
  25. Pdesjr

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    Pallets are great. Get mine from a tile shop behind work.They get 2 or three deliveries a week. always in stock

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