New-Revised "the 14 (+) times I handle fire wood process" (Pics)

bogydave Posted By bogydave, Oct 28, 2012 at 3:20 AM

  1. bogydave

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    Has changed some since I originally wrote the thread:
    http://www.hearth.com/talk/threads/the-14-times-i-handle-fire-wood.42995/
    Still 14 steps (probably a few double touches in the process along the way)

    1 fell & limb tree
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    2. mark every 17" & cut into skidable size logs
    3. skid logs to trailer with ATV
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    4. cut into 17" rounds
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    5. Load rounds in trailer
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    6. Drive home
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    & off load round to a pile at the splitting area:
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  2. bogydave

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    7. split & throw into a pile near where they'll get stacked for a year
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    8: stack in double rows on pallets
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    9: after a year, ATV trailer to wood shed,

    10 Stack in wood shed for 2 years
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    11: From shed to ATV trailer to the house
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    12. Down the "wood chute" into the wood box in basement
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    13. Go to basement & stack in wood box
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    12 load in stove
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    13 shovel ashes into a bucket
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    14 haul bucket out & dump in the garden
     
  3. IanDad

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    I remember the original thread well. A derivative of your title "The 14 times I move my wood", is a common expression at my home. Usually accompanying by a chuckle from my wife as I'm trudging a wheelbarrow up or down the hill. Rinse. Lather. Repeat.

    I would expect I even have a few more steps, as I have to manage wood on a suburban lot. It's kinda like volleyball: Rotate!
     
  4. Billybonfire

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    No gym fees when you heat with wood !
    some great pics Dave, thanks :).
    Particularly like this one with the wood stacked neat and the mountains -

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    Beautiful.
     
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  6. ScotO

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    agreed! My back is proof of that statement, after deadlifting 180lb rounds into my truck yesterday morning........

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  7. ScotO

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    always love seeing your pics Dave. BTW, did I see on the news this morning there was earthquake on the coast up there below Juneau yesterday? If so, hope everything is OK...
     
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    Is photo #10, the wood shed... is that where Santa lives? or does he still live in North Pole?;lol
    You forgot step 15, Repeat.
     
  9. swagler85

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    Love the pics dave, You have a very organized approach and it is obvious you have that system down very well.
     
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    When I first saw the photo of the big rounds in the truck, I grabbed my back, Felt pain :)
    You must be a "miniature forklift"
     
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    Very nioe pics and setup. I would be interested to know more about your "wood shoot?" Is that your design or is that an Alaska thing? Analytically you REALLY need a tandem axle trailer.;)
     
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    I was thinking the same thing........

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    And thats a very packed tight woodstove , Great job dave love the firewood chute.
     
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    You must be a pretty big guy. I have to use ramps, to get 'em into the van,
    and it still darned near kills me!;)

    I wish I could dead lift half that weight.


    Oh- very nice setup, Dave!
     
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    Ahhh thats nothing for you. I remember that avatar of you... your neck is a thick as one of those rounds.!!!
     
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    Will try to find pics of the wood chute (shoot). 1/2" wall PVC, 16" diameter with 2" blue board glued to plywood for cover/plugs.
    http://www.hearth.com/talk/threads/new-improved-wood-access-chute.88555/

    You are right about the trailer, I max load it almost every trip.
    Been looking for a dual axle trailer, none for the price I want to pay yet.
    The nice thing about the size of this one, 6 hours averge to fell, skid,buck & load it.
    That's a good days work for me.
    Bigger trailer & I'd work way to hard to get a full load ;)

    Thought about adding an axle with brakes to it. Make it a dual axle,. Some day ;)
     
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    I'd have added a couple of steps in between 6,7,8---namely stop, look up and marvel at the view. Awesome work Dave!
     
  18. ScotO

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    ;lol ;lol ;lol yeah, right.....you guys are goofy ..
     
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    dave...this is beginning to become a "love"-"hate" relationship ;lol i love the pics and showing all the hard work....jealous of the fact you have such a beautiful backdrop to do it in.

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    I find with a bigger trailer you do not have to stack so neatly. I like those dump trailers but you have to lift so high up. If you could partition off a longer trailer you could throw the wood in the are get out of there. I see you have to stack very neatly with your current system. You need a trailer with more space and a low height to lift the wood up to (in my humble opinion).
     
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    It's a good thing you don't drink beer Poor Doug and I seem to handle things 20X.

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    Dave could you tell me about the yellow rig on the back of your quad?
     
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    Let's see...never counted the "touches"...but here goes:

    1. Load rounds to ATV trailer and drive home
    2. Dump ATV trailer into pile (not an actual touch, but we'll count it anyway
    3. Split and throw into pile
    4. Stack outside for a couple years
    5. Move to shed 2 years prior to burning
    6. Load back into ATV cart and drive to house
    7. Throw it down the wood shoot
    8. Load it onto wood cart and part\k next to stove
    9. Put in stove
    10. Remove ashes
     
  24. bogydave

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    Made it 1st to skid logs. I tried skidding with the ball hitch but it was low & the front of the logs would get stuck often. Takes most of the stress off the rack.
    Made a brace from the rack to the ball & hooked the logs up higher, as I pull forward it lifts the front of the log, now they rarely get stuck.
    Then I added a 2" hitch ball mid way up to tow the splitter & empty trailers.\

    Down side is there is no rear suspension when it's on, I just drive slow.
    Pull too hard & the front tires come off the ground.

    Clamps to the rack & slips over the ball.
     

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