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Lock up your wood.

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by guest5234, Aug 20, 2011.

  1. Littlespark

    Littlespark Member

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    I wanted to second what someone else mentioned. There might just be a connection between those that heat with wood and just happen to own firearms! Hmm food for thought.

    I have been working all spring and summer with my father to down old ash trees. Because he's older he does the chainsaw operations and I do the splitting and piling into the tractor lift bucket. At my house I keep 1/2 of the wood in the old pig barn, and the other part piled into an open bay on a larger barn I have. The open bay is visible from the road, and about two weeks ago someone stopped and asked if I was selling my wood. I am still sore from splitting it all with by hand so I explained to them that I wasn't selling anything. I get nervous about people stopping and asking though. If they noticed it, a would be thief would notice it. He'd have to be pretty hard up to steal my 4 cords that is in the open bay. In fact if he can steal it without me noticing it from the house, I almost deserve to be robbed blind.

    Cheer,s

    Littlespark

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  2. Stegman

    Stegman Feeling the Heat

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    I have one of those neighbors too. Pain in the ass a lot of the time, but the vigilance is a nice by-product.
  3. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    No wood stolen but a couple nights ago a neighbor left a John Deere lawn mower in the yard. It was gone by morning. Nothing runs like a Deere!
  4. woodchip

    woodchip Minister of Fire

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    Wood has increased in price as have gas and oil, but no problems round here with people nicking other people's wood.........yet.

    But I do often leave booby traps around the yard, tripwires etc., just so any unwanted visitors make plenty of noise.

    Thieves hate noise ;-)
  5. Cascade Failure

    Cascade Failure Member

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    Its amazing...we're a pretty liberal state overall but the number of guns here is wonderfully staggering!
  6. woodsmaster

    woodsmaster Minister of Fire

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    I leave my wood in plain view and havn't had any problems with theft. Around here wood is easy to come by. If you have a saw it's easy to find free wood to cut. If you don't have a saw it's only $120 - $140 for a full cord of hardwood. Every one around here also owns guns.
  7. Bigg_Redd

    Bigg_Redd Minister of Fire

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    x2

    AND, I have what we in America call a "drop gun."
  8. remkel

    remkel Minister of Fire

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    Not worried about people stealing my wood...

    If I see them in the yard, it is the 12 guage
    If I see them in the driveway, it is the .38
    If I see them at the end of the driveway, it is the .22
    If I see them driving down the road, it is the 30 O .06


    Yes, there is a theme to my answers.....low life thieves...
  9. mywaynow

    mywaynow Minister of Fire

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    Delivering justice between 1400 and 3300 fps!
  10. smoke eater

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    Neil, sorry to hear about that. i think one factor, like you mentioned is the price of oil (gas, heating oil, diesel, etc...) i'm from Norway and still have lots of family over there. so i know the price of gas and heating oil are around three to four times the amount as here. thats right, they sell it by the liter at gas stations- around $3 a liter. do the math and thats around $12 a gallon. i'm sure england is close to that. Neil, what are the current prices? good luck this winter
  11. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    If they have enough guts to face my dog for a pickup load of firewood, I would sit back an watch the quality entertainment. Oh - I also get the video rights. She "probably" won't kill 'em, but I bet they would leave with a sore ass and shredded pants.
  12. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    LOL- Jags told me to send packages to his work because the postman won't deal with his dawg!
  13. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    She is a fantastic critter, but the moment I leave the property, it is her domain. She owns it, with authority.
  14. WES999

    WES999 Minister of Fire

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    4 legged burglar alarm, with X-ray vision. ;-)

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  15. 3fordasho

    3fordasho Feeling the Heat

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    Huh, I *almost* wish I had that problem....my stuff is all neat and tidy locked in the shed, but the neighbor likes to leave his mower, newer snowblower, bikes, fishing poles and assorted other crap in the wide open making for an ugly sight from my patio.... I really wish that crap would walk off... he also doesn't believe in any outdoor lighting so it would be easy pickens.... let me accidently post his address ;-)
  16. Thistle

    Thistle Minister of Fire

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    +100 :coolgrin:
  17. guest5234

    guest5234 New Member

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    If you are caught in the UK with a handgun it is 10 YEAR PRISON SENTENCE.
  18. stephiedoll

    stephiedoll Burning Hunk

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    Funny,
    Crude oil is down but gas went up $0.20 cents here last week. No trouble with wood thiefs at least. Most of mine is in the back yard, but also have some by the driveway.
  19. woodchip

    woodchip Minister of Fire

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    I think they have it right on their side of the pond, instant justice at about 1850fps ;-)
  20. Bspring

    Bspring Feeling the Heat

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    I have had some problems but not with my wood. I can leagly shoot them in my house any time or outside if dark but in the daylight I can not use deadly force to protect my property. I know people that have done it and they got into big trouble.
  21. RoseRedHoofbeats

    RoseRedHoofbeats Feeling the Heat

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    There is a very simple solution to this problem.

    [​IMG]

    Can't you still have longarms in England?

    ~Rose
  22. woodchip

    woodchip Minister of Fire

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    Shotguns are allowed if you have a reason to hold one, ie. a farmer with land etc., but pistols are a no-no.

    It's a joke as our Olympic team have to go abroad to practice for our own Olympics next year, but baddies can do as they wish.

    Suppose the trick is to put a secret gps tracker in a bit of wood so you can follow anyone to their home and invite them to return your wood.

    Just make sure it's an irresistable invitation........ ;-)
  23. Sisu

    Sisu Feeling the Heat

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    Didn't handgun crime in the UK go up close to 300% after the hand gun ban?

    Canada's laws are almost getting as bad/assinine. Although handgun ownership is allowed you have to be a collector or part of a gun-club. No concealed or open carry is allowed for the general population. You also have to lock them away at home, making any sort of home defense useless. Yet the criminals do what they want.
  24. Kenster

    Kenster Minister of Fire

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    That might happen in the land of Kennedy and Dukakis but it'll never happen in Texas. Sure, anyone can sue for any reason but there's no jury down here that would ever find for this type of plaintive. Maybe if you booby trapped it intentionally but even that would be doubtful.

    In my frequent travels I see firewood stacked near the road all the time in the northern states. I even see boxes and bundles stacked on the side of the road saying "$5 a bundle (or whatever.) Not sure how that system works. Do they expect people to come knock on the door and pay them? Do they have an honor system with a coffee can laying out on the stack? I'm sure most people would be honest and pay but I always wonder how much gets ripped off.

    In Europe I see huge stacks of split firewood out in the woods along the highways, miles from any houses.
  25. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Similar - I have a friend that sells sweet corn from a wagon on a corner. A steel box bolted to the frame for payment. Total honor system. He says that frequently he has over payment. Somebody(s) paying more (probably due to a "change" issue) instead of cheating the system. Note: this is a very rural area, not a high population. That "may" have something to do with it. I am not trying to offend anyone, but rural living seems to breed a different culture than high population areas, IMHO.

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