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Pickin' on Children: Slipped in a couple Elm rounds ; )

Post in 'The Gear' started by zzr7ky, Jan 14, 2008.

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  1. zzr7ky

    zzr7ky Minister of Fire

    Jun 12, 2006
    Hi -

    Had a nice score working with a profesional climber this past weekend. We dropped an old dead Elm. Since there was plenty of Ash and Maple I loaded only those Elm rounds that didn't need to be split...

    However I did throw a couple 8-10" round in the trailer... My son had several good cracks going; but he finally carried the round inside the house for me to inspect "Hey - what IS this stuff!?!?"

    It does pay to know what the various species look like ; )

    Sure like the way the Elm burns but it's not for casual splitting with a maul.

    Mike P

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  2. Lignums

    Lignums New Member

    Oct 14, 2007
    Maybe that could some form of punishment other than grounding, sit back with a beer, and watch them proving themselves to be like Sisyphus on the Elm. Kind of a cruel and unusual punishment, but might prove funny from your end...
  3. Gooserider

    Gooserider Mod Emeritus

    Nov 20, 2006
    Northeastern MA (near Lowell)
    Yup, that's elm, cracks nicely, but won't let go... Only thing I've ever found to work reliably is to use a wedge (or more like a bunch of them...) to drive all the way through... It really stinks when you have more thickness in stacked wedges than the original round, and it STILL won't let go...

  4. DiscoInferno

    DiscoInferno Minister of Fire

    Nov 7, 2006
    Silver Spring, MD/ Munising, MI
    I think elm is a good candidate for a splitter with a sharper edge, as opposed to a maul. Something that can cut through the fibers. Not a whole lot of elm around here, but I need to find me some so I can compare my newish monster maul with my light super splitter. Both have more of an edge than a maul.
  5. MrGriz

    MrGriz New Member

    Oct 11, 2006
    Waterford, WI
    Elm is just another reason to love my hydraulic splitter!
  6. mikeyny

    mikeyny Feeling the Heat

    Nov 16, 2007
    upstate ny
    Just last year my 13 yr old 135 pound boy was splitting some good old ash rounds like a pro and his big brother (18 yr old with and attitude) told him to step aside and let him show how its done. Soo, the 13 yr old picked out a nice clean looking piece of elm for his big bro to take a few swings at. (that young boy knows his wood). Well that sure put a damper on things. I wish I had that one on video. You NEVER forget that first experience with that snarly elm.
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