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Not much but it's a start.... I got wood!

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Big Donnie Brasco, May 2, 2013.

  1. Big Donnie Brasco

    Big Donnie Brasco Feeling the Heat

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    I made my first free wood score! It's not a lot, and I don't even know how to ID it yet, but it will get my feet wet with splitting! Buying a Fiskar X27 this week!

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    Got a line on a bunch more free wood tomorrow from CL.

    * I may need to install some air shocks!!

    DON
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  2. NH_Wood

    NH_Wood Minister of Fire

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    Nice! Every little bit matter - you keep scoring small loads and before you know it, you'll have a lot of wood - just happens (if you work at it!). Cheers!
  3. Big Donnie Brasco

    Big Donnie Brasco Feeling the Heat

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    seems to be a lot to be had right now in my area on CL for free!
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    Lumber-Jack Minister of Fire

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    Good start, but judging by the weather I see in your picture you'll be getting more than just your feet wet. ;)
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  5. Big Donnie Brasco

    Big Donnie Brasco Feeling the Heat

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    yup... SNOWING today and I got a sunburn just last weekend! Welcome to KS !! :p
  6. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    How you cutting it to length? Hand saw ?
    Free wood is good. ;)

    Got your rain gear & boots handy? Looks like serious rain.

    When it quits raining, get some close ups & some one here will be able to ID it.

    elm & maple my guess with the picture
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  7. Big Donnie Brasco

    Big Donnie Brasco Feeling the Heat

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    I seriously may use a sawzall !!! :)
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    brilliant work...thats a great score....
  9. NH_Wood

    NH_Wood Minister of Fire

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    Can't beat that - go get it all!! Cheers!
  10. Big Donnie Brasco

    Big Donnie Brasco Feeling the Heat

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    I need to photograph the leaves so I can ID the tree.
  11. Big Donnie Brasco

    Big Donnie Brasco Feeling the Heat

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  12. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Pretty small, but you need to get some wood seasoning & dry for this winter.
    Split, the small stuff will dry fast .

    Got a fire pit to burn the sticks & uglies?

    Saws all, LOL. ;lol Pictures ;)
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    Lucky you! There's not much on it here. Last offer was like three weeks ago. Maybe it picks up as the spring storms move through...
    That doesn't look too bad, and it looks like maybe some Silver Maple, which would dry quick for you.

    "Be careful with that ax, Eugene!" ==c
    I have a tendency to get a bit lazy when I'm tired. I don't bend my knees as much, stand up straighter, and get the ax arcing in toward my feet. You don't want that! _g
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    Tried it. Doesn't work on anything bigger than 2 or 3 inches. The stroke isn't long enough to clear dust out of the kerf, so the sawdust just accumulates and keeps the teeth from making progress. Start looking for a used chainsaw.
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    The heartwood in the second ad looks too dark to me to be maple, but it's sure to be flammable. Grab it.
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    pretty soon, you'll be looking in your yard all full of wood and saying "it all started with a little pile"
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    Let us know how you get on with the Fiskars, mine is coming in on Tuesday
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    The head of my Fiskars broke off during normal use, but they warrantied it. It's sitting brand new in my garage since I went and bought a Harbor Freight 7-ton electric splitter. Easier on my old bones for the long haul if I'm going to do this forever and ever, though some guys are better suited to splitting by ax than others.

    If you go the Fiskars route, I'd look at your local Home Depot first. They have some generic splitting axes that are the same length and same weight. I had to buy one when my Fiskars was in for warranty and I didn't have my splitter yet. I didn't notice a difference in ease of splitting. The straight grained stuff flew apart just like the Fiskars and the twisted/hard as nails stuff sent shocks to my hands just as the Fiskars did.

    Also, if hand splitting, do yourself a favor and grab a used tire to put your splits in, keeps them from flying everywhere once split and less bending over to pick up splits. GL!
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    The heartwood looks like it could be some sort of hickory. I would seriously go get it. If its super heavy its probably hickory.
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    you will love the fiskars, great splitting axe have fun!
  23. Craby

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    I started in January this year w/ my hoard from an oak a few blocks away. I became hooked quickly, checking CL several times a day. Bit by bit I became aware of what was & was not worth the effort to retrieve, & as my hoard has come to max capacity on 1/4 acre lot, the worth/not worth line has gravitated to really picky looking for dry splits, easy to load, fruit/hickory, straight rounds, cut to length, and short commute.

    I've had a few splitting mauls/axes and the Fiskars X27 is by far the top on my list. Once you get used to it, it is fun. My neighbor said it looked like I got stronger, but I told him it was just the difference between the new Fiskars & the ol' 8lb maul.

    I find that if I swing light & swift, and just before impact flex all the working muscles the strike is awesome and I feel that I lift up off the ground a tad (6'-3", 210lbs). Kinda like the solid feel of hitting a home run. I too had a Fiskars head break off the handle, and it was on a solid strike. Might have been compromised by a previous overstrike as it takes some practice to get used to it. Fiskars sent me a new one and it's pretty much all I like to use now. I feel that if I had the Fiskars at the beginning I would have filled my yard up a couple months ago.
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    Looks like a good-size scrounge, to me. All subjective. That would keep me warm for nearly a week!:)
  25. Big Donnie Brasco

    Big Donnie Brasco Feeling the Heat

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    Anyone know what kind of wood this is just from this crummy picture?
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