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My BEST score to date!!!!

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Big Donnie Brasco, Jun 14, 2013.

  1. Big Donnie Brasco

    Big Donnie Brasco Feeling the Heat

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    My neighbor has been watching me split wood by hand for several weeks, and makes the occasional comment but just small talk. Yesterday she tells me that she is the caretaker of a piece of land 5 min from me that has standing dead OAK, and HICKORY by the TRUCK LOAD!! She asked if I would like to go "cut it down"!

    I went with her today and it's a huge open area with MANY dead standing oaks and hickory! Her brother dropped the perfect size oak yesterday, and BUCKED it, and left it for me!!! Two truck loads of dead standing oak! I split one round to see how dry it was and when I knocked two pieces together it sounded like two ball bats clacking together!

    Going back in the morning (and every weekend for a LONG time) to get all I can!!

    WOO HOO

    Picks to come tomorrow or Sunday.... daughter turns 3 tomorrow so I'll be busy.

    BDB

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  2. Locust Post

    Locust Post Minister of Fire

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    Sounds like you hit a homeroom there Donnie
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  3. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    A 5 minute drive for hickory.
    Hickory #1 on my list of best fire wood ! ;)

    Awesome score,
    You just might have the source of your wood for this burn season !
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  4. ScotO

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    Three words brother.....

    YOU......DA......MAN!! Great score, close to home, and you are helping out a neighbor.....
    priceless!!

    Happy Birthday to your daughter! My baby girl (youngest child) is 8 1/2 going on 17.....enjoy them while they are little, cause it will fly by.
  5. Shane N

    Shane N Feeling the Heat

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    Awesome score. My daughter is also turning 3 tomorrow
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  6. Bret Chase

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    I leave my hickory, cherry, apple, and pear for smokewood.... My goto for winter heat is locust... with a healthy smattering of maple and ash....

    It's still a pretty sweet score :D
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    Woody Stover Minister of Fire

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    Jackpot! :cool:
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  8. PapaDave

    PapaDave Minister of Fire

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    BDB, great score, but you know what your priority is.
    I can remember when my youngest was 3-ish......I think it was just yesterday.
    She's now 31.
    Happy Birthday to your little one.:cool:
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    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    Never happened! ;)
  10. Defiant

    Defiant Vermont Castings Geek

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    Pic's? Nice score !!!!!!!!!!!!
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  11. Big Donnie Brasco

    Big Donnie Brasco Feeling the Heat

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    TROLL ! ;)
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  12. Big Donnie Brasco

    Big Donnie Brasco Feeling the Heat

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    So we dropped 4 trees, made 3 trips with three trucks and I have 2 more trips to make tomorrow. ALL they have is oak and hickory!! At least 20 more... all dead standing!

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  13. Big Donnie Brasco

    Big Donnie Brasco Feeling the Heat

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    Better sharpen the Fiskars!!
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  14. PA. Woodsman

    PA. Woodsman Minister of Fire

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    Sweet!!!! Reminds me of the scene in "Field of Dreams" where the "ghost" father says to Kevin Costner "is this Heaven?" and he says back "no, it's Iowa..."

    In your case it would be "no, it's Kansas" and "YES IT'S HEAVEN"!!!

    YOU LUCKY MAN YOU!!!

    "Happy birthday" to the little one-give her the day off from choppin' and splittin' lol!!! ;lol
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  15. Big Donnie Brasco

    Big Donnie Brasco Feeling the Heat

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    I live in a small town with just one stop light... Everyone in town knows everyone and they are all SO nice!!! I love small-town KS !

    My little 3 yr old is a PISTOL!!! You can see it in her eyes!!

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  16. PapaDave

    PapaDave Minister of Fire

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    You know this is good.....right?;)
    Nice family pics.
    How's the BD party?
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  17. Big Donnie Brasco

    Big Donnie Brasco Feeling the Heat

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    That oak sounds like two ball bats clacking together.... I think it's good :) :)!

    The party starts in 4 hours... I would rather go split and stack! :)
  18. PA. Woodsman

    PA. Woodsman Minister of Fire

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    Great looking family, nice pictures.....

    Life looks good right now for you-enjoy it!
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    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    That is one beautiful family!!!!!!

    Great find too Donnie. Time for a nice present to that neighbor too.


    I never had a daughter but my oldest son turns 50 in a couple weeks.....
  20. Woody Stover

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    I've found that I can't rely 100% on the sound. Now if they sound good and the splits feel light for the species I'm working with....probably pretty dry.

    I bet that wood will be waiting for you when you get back. ==c
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  21. Big Donnie Brasco

    Big Donnie Brasco Feeling the Heat

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    hey Woody... for OAK it does feel really light weight, but we'll see how it looks when I split it.
    I split a few onsite just to see what it looked like inside. I LOVE splitting oak! Splits like ice blocks compared to some of the ash and hackberry I have been slaving over!!
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    Looks like a lot of FUN , Great score
    Go get em, cut em all down, and burn em up ;lol

    Happy B Day to the little one :)
  23. Locust Post

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    Beautiful family Donnie......hope the party went well and you spoiled that little cutie to pieces.
  24. Woody Stover

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    I've been fooled on the sound; Now, I remind myself that it has to not just sound hollow, it has to ring like a bell. Sounds like a lot of that, especially the branches, may be pretty good by fall. When you split it open, sometimes it will feel cool, which indicates that there's still some moisture evaporating.
  25. DexterDay

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    Lucky Dog!!

    Beautiful family Donnie... Happy B day to the little one. Mine just turned 2.
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