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Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Descending sparky, Apr 28, 2013.

  1. Descending sparky

    Descending sparky Member

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    Hello hello, I am new to this whole forum thing! Anyways I have been reading this forum religiously for the past few weeks as I am getting alot of great info off this site and gaining knowledge from
    You experienced wood burners! I recently bought my first home and made it through my first winter heating with oil ..... "Sigh", needless to say the cost was outrageous and now we are going to be getting a alderlea t5 installed for next winter! So not having a stick of wood to start with made this Last few weeks interesting! After a local ice storm in April, I had some semi large trees fall in our 3 acre lot in the country! It then clicked that I must start burning wood for a source of heat rather than swapping furnace to propane! Now I am addicted to scavenging or searching for wood! I have scored my self two massive trees, one poplar and one silver maple from the field next to me with the permission from the farmer who owns it! After I was given the go ahead I went out and purchased a new saw and got cutting! I absolutely fell in Love with the connection between me and the outdoors as I strategically bucked up these trees! Now that I have these CSS ( learned forum lingo" I was scavenging again this weekend while visiting a friend who works a large local farm! "Jack pot" he told
    Me they just cleared a fence line in there fields to make more room and just literally bulldozed dozens of trees down and left them! So we got permission and he took me for a drive back to check it out! I was nearly jumping I was so excited when I spotted these large trees I am
    Allowed to haul away! I am not the best at tree I.D but they seem to be solid trees maple and other species I believe! Anyways I'm just posting all this cause no one else can understand why I am
    So Damm excited to chop some trees up! Lol it's money in the pocket and I love doing it! That's my rant of the day and I shall pipe down now! Pics to come .....

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  2. pen

    pen There are some who call me...mod. Staff Member

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    Yep, you got the bug. Love it ::-)

    Welcome and look forward to seeing what you are getting into!

    pen
  3. Locust Post

    Locust Post Minister of Fire

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    Welcome Sparky. Sounds like you will fit in just fine with the rest of us addicted folks. It's one addiction that has some pretty positive benefits though. Better get that stuff stacked single row now. Both that silver maple and poplar should be useable for winter. Remember your safety gear....chaps and eye protection are a must in this game.
  4. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Welcome
    You are well on your way,
    But just now experiencing the wood gathering side.

    Wait until you experience the low oil bill & warmer house, with the wood stove cranking out heat.
    Wife will fall in love with you all over again. :)

    Di you say pictures coming ? ( soon :) )
    You're really addicted LOL
  5. OldLumberKid

    OldLumberKid Feeling the Heat

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    Oh you got it bad. It's amazing how that happens.
    But we all hate to see a good tree go to waste. I've seen too much wood get chipped since Sandy; unbelieveable the amount of BTU's squandered in to municipal chippers. So scavengers are doing a good service, IMO.

    Be safe, enjoy.
  6. Descending sparky

    Descending sparky Member

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    Awesome sauce! Yeah I definitely need a pair of chaps and a saw helmet w face guard! Yes all I can do is read this site on my spare time it's so interesting! Tomorrow when I have some daylight I will take some photos of the stacks I have around the house! Still splitting a few pieces I have to finish from the maple! Now I also have the hearth pad framed up and ready for the flagstone I have yet to find for the pad! I just can't believe that one could get some Damm excited about CSS wood! O yes the fiancé will love the heat as she is always cold! I also forgot to mention that another customer of
    Mine has 60+ acres of forest I am welcome
    To cut from! I am only only one man tho so I prioritize where I am
    Taking wood from as of now because its anyone's game when they r laying in a farmers field! Ooo Ooo Ooo I'm itching to get that saw a cutting! I missed my calling, shoulda been a lumber jack lol!
  7. swagler85

    swagler85 Minister of Fire

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    Welcome to the forum and welcome to the club! We all love the process here and enjoy seeing more people jump on board. You couldn't be among better people to learn from. I learned so much from these guys, don't ever be afraid to ask anything. And as you know we love pics.
  8. Descending sparky

    Descending sparky Member

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    Well here goes nothing since I sitting beside my hearth pad in the making! I can hardly wait to get that baby finished up with a beauty stove sitting on it! Then I never thought I would say " bring on the winter"

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  9. midwestcoast

    midwestcoast Minister of Fire

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    Welcome!
    You are going to be in a better situation than most first year burners. That poplar & Silver Maple should be pretty good by burning season.
    Take your time & be careful cutting from that slash pile. Lots of ways to get hurt cutting off a big tangled pile.
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  10. OldLumberKid

    OldLumberKid Feeling the Heat

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    Believe it.

    I got my son out there stacking for a little bit today and he said he "would never have thought that this would be kind of fun!"
  11. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Have you noticed yet ?

    We are "Enablers"

    No cures for your wood obsession offered & hopefully none wanted. LOL ;lol
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  12. TimJ

    TimJ Minister of Fire

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    Welcome, and how about some wood pictures in a month or so or you could just be making this all up :cool:
  13. Ralphie Boy

    Ralphie Boy Minister of Fire

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    :eek:You've been bitten by the woody bug and there is no known cure! Welcome to the funny farm!

    Hear my words my brother: "The best device for checking the moisture content of your firewood is a multi-year calendar!";)
  14. PapaDave

    PapaDave Minister of Fire

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    Hey sparky, welcome to the Hearth.
    I'm just wondering why you built the hearth on the ceiling. I don't think the stove will draft well like that.:p
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  15. Shane N

    Shane N Feeling the Heat

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    Usually stoves work best on the floor rather than the ceiling ;)
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    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Maybe he is from Australia?

    Hey Sparky, welcome aboard. Fair warning...Stay away from the wood shed UNLESS:
    You need a new saw or two
    You need to replace a vehicle with a pickup truck
    You want a new trailer
    Probably a quad
    and a hydro splitter (before you ask, just go with the 22 ton Speeco. :p)

    In your very near future is a Fiskars X27 and a handful of plastic wedges (for cutting, not splitting), chaps and the rest of the PPE. Two different weights of bar oil (winter, summer) and a small crappy gas can that spills more on the ground than it gets into the saw.;lol;lol
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    Ralphie Boy Minister of Fire

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    I think he's from a opposite but parallel universe :p
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  18. lukem

    lukem Minister of Fire

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    Chain grinder
    Tractor with FEL, and grapple bucket
    Pulp hooks
    Log jack
    Winch
    Skidding tongs
    Wood teleporter

    Then you'll start seeing the uber clean saws and precision wood stacks and develop an entirely new complex.
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  19. privatejoker75

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    Guilty of throwing a tantrum over those new "safe" gas cans crew signing in. I just threw one over the ravine here recently in a fit of rage
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  20. Descending sparky

    Descending sparky Member

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    Lol good to hear some simple advice! I will rethink the ceiling mounted wood stove! Stupid phone pictures swapped the image around on me! Well I'm off to start dinner and out to the wood pile!!
  21. PapaDave

    PapaDave Minister of Fire

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    Fringe?
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  22. Shane N

    Shane N Feeling the Heat

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    Best show ever.
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  23. katwillny

    katwillny Guest

    welcome to the forum. we want pictures of wood pal. The pad looks like its on it way nicely. You havent lived until you have taken a Fiskars X27 to a nice 18inch long round of anything.
  24. Woody Stover

    Woody Stover Minister of Fire

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    Uh oh, this doesn't sound good. Sell your saw immediately, cancel your stove order and avoid looking at trees and wood for in foreseeable future. If you don't nip this in the bud now, you'll soon be "Decending" into a depraved existence of wood hoarding where your only concern will be where your next fix is coming from. But I think it may already be too late. You're using all exclamation points; There's no turning back now! ==c
    Good idea; The T5 is a convective stove and hot air rises. You could make it work by mounting the couch and chairs up there as well... ;)
    BTW, welcome to the forums, Sparky... :)
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  25. geoff1969

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    new hobby ;) ok ........ wont be long and you will be addicted to it all like most on here , ahhhhh the days wasted stand beside a fence line or driving down the road looking at other peoples trees and thinking that would make good firewood and if i just had another saw to fill the gap between the other 3 saws would make a nice balance . lol wellcome about mate cheers
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