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Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by loon, Aug 1, 2010.

  1. loon

    loon Minister of Fire

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    Might touch the carport %-P



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    after the fun i had with the house, figure its time to clean up around the property...

    both these elms are coming down.

    loon

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  2. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    That is one pair of ugly looking trees right there.
  3. loon

    loon Minister of Fire

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    here are a couple more that will be down before winter...

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    every year there are a number of these dying with Dutch Elm..

    met a new neighbour down the road yesterday and he has about 30 on his long laneway that he asked if i would deal with and haul away ;-)

    will put up a pic of that later today..


    Terry
  4. begreen

    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    Sounds like there is a serious splitter workout coming up, followed by lots of complaints about splitting elm.
  5. Backwoods Savage

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    I'd let them stand for a while yet. The reason is what BeGreen posted.

    We always let elm stand until the bark falls off and then cut. It is a bit harder on the chain but they split decent. Splitting before that causes the one doing the splitting to learn some fresh cuss words.
  6. loon

    loon Minister of Fire

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    :)

    been cutting mostly elm around here for the last 10 years and i do know what an uncooperative tree they can be ;-) and will probably take your advice on a couple of them.
    have lots of dried wood so its not like i have to drop them..

    heading down the road right now to check out these other ones the neighbour gave me and will take the camera...
  7. Battenkiller

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    Do they have to be standing for a while, or can you get the same effect by cutting into rounds and stacking on their sides? I have several that won't be long for this world, but I hate to see a dead, bare tree sticking up into the sky on my property. I'd just as soon get a jump on them before they start to get really ugly.
  8. loon

    loon Minister of Fire

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    here are a few of the elm the fella would like gone.

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    turned the camera left and i live across the road from my buddy's farm.

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    pretty hard to say no to easy wood :)
  9. smokinj

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    Bringem Down! Timber.........
  10. loon

    loon Minister of Fire

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    i've split them dead in the middle of winter and doesnt seem to help out at all!!

    same as splitting wet IMA... ALWAYS full stroke on the splitter ;-P

    terry
  11. oldspark

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    I have cut them up and waited till they are good and dry and then they spilt better, cutting them short helps but sometimes they still are a little hard to split, I am using a fiskars though.
  12. loon

    loon Minister of Fire

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    pretty much the only thing that gives a guy the edge :)
  13. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    I have a special affinity for elm . . . they're what got me through my first year of burning thanks to a lot of standing dead elm that had been dead for years.

    Even now I'm still burning and splitting dead elm on my property . . . generally I wait a year or two after they've lost their leaves and split them up . . . which isn't so bad . . . of course having a hydraulic woodsplitter makes the task a bit easier.
  14. Backwoods Savage

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    I've only tried that one time and the stuff still seemed to split hard, but by waiting until the bark has fallen we never seem to get much if any of the stringy stuff when we split. It splits more like maple or oak then. It also seems to burn better, I think because of not having the stringy splits.
  15. oldspark

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    With a hand splitter it still splits like crap for me when there is not a shred of bark left on the tree, its got to the point I dont mess with elm unless it is on my place and then I do not like it, wish I could have got that 429 dollar splitter from HD, elm and old age are the only reason I would get a hyd. splitter.
  16. Backwoods Savage

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    That is strange because many times I can simply split it with an axe. That is, the smaller stuff I can split with an axe. Although I no longer do this with the axe but use the hydraulics, it splits very cleanly and easy. Cut that tree green though and it is a different story.
  17. savageactor7

    savageactor7 Minister of Fire

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    loon we just harvest on our own lot and unfortunately Elm is the hardest of our hardwoods. It can be very difficult to split and even with a gas splitter you have to pay attention to what your doing. My sole satisfaction with all the hassle of Elm is knowing that it's the hardest wood on our lot...and that's just sad.

    Don't forget to look up when you cut 'em down.
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    Those are odd looking elms, or at least they would be here. The ones in the field look like Elms here, but the dead and partially dead trees in the woods look odd to me. They do seem big - you got a lotta wood there.
  19. loon

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    the government was paying farmers years ago to go and knock down Elms that were stricken with Dutch Elm as the large limbs were dropping and hurting/killing people? the dreaded widow makers ;-) but the problem was they had farming to deal with and the price of fuel back then made it not very appealing to bother with burning wood..

    the farmer across the road says there are 2 kinds of Elm here..the large ones being American and the smaller version being Rock


    http://www.elmcare.com/about_elms/species/elm_species.htm

    Terry
  20. loon

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    just came in the house for a break and here is what we have done so far...


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    there are 30 large/small tree's and pretty much all of them can burn this year ;-P

    Terry
  21. loon

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    there go's my wife on the cleanup :)

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    and there are lots of these ;-)


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  22. loon

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    brought these up last weekend and will be heading back down today to grab the last 10 or so ;-)

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    Terry
  23. Cowboy Billy

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    Cool Loon

    I've always like elm. Sure is nice that it is so clean around the trees and have a good place to drop them. What a pain when I was cutting for my cousin last weekend. Had to make a trail to each tree all of them were in a ditch. Then there were a lot behind cattle fencing that I could not get to because of it.

    Billy
  24. loon

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    here is how i ended up cowboy ;-) will be going down to another farm on our thanksgiving weekend for a bunch more :)

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    loon
  25. Cowboy Billy

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    Cool Loon

    Looks like you are all setup!!!

    Billy

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