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quick calculation question

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by CowboyAndy, May 12, 2009.

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  1. CowboyAndy

    CowboyAndy New Member

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    my trailer is 4X6 with 3 1/2' sides, but we never go all the way to the top. So lets say we stack to 3' high. so that calculates to .56 cords stacked. If it is just loosely thrown in, about how much would that end up being? I just finished processing that huge maple and ended up with 5 full trailer loads, thrown not stacked. safe to assume at least 2 cords?

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  2. pinewoodburner

    pinewoodburner Feeling the Heat

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    It will be close to 2 cords. Probably a little less than 2 cords.
  3. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    A little shy of 2 would be my guess. A stacked cord is 128 Cu Ft....a cord of hand thrown (splits) is ~ 180 cu ft.

    Notice the "~", meaning that this is a swag estimate. ;-)
  4. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    guess 2.25? I have had silver maples go 5 cords. Getting ready to do the biggest one i have ever seen and no big hurry to tackle it!
  5. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    You'll definitely find out once you stack it.
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    Bigg_Redd Minister of Fire

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    Why would you just jumble it in?
  7. Highbeam

    Highbeam Minister of Fire

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    I've just jumbled it in before in an effort to rapidly load and to minimze work a the expense of an extra trip. So there is wood on the ground I can either pull up beside it, stand in one spot, pick up and throw the wood in. Or I can pick up and carry each piece to the trailer to be prcisely stacked. Lots of carrying wood, lots more handling wood.

    If the haul is far then tight stacking might save me a trip.

    Either way when I arrive at home I need to pitch it into a pile anyways.
  8. CowboyAndy

    CowboyAndy New Member

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    It was literally going about 50 ft, but around to the other side of my stacked and piled stuff. speed was the key in this case.
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    fossil Accidental Moderator Staff Member

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    Jeez, Andy...50 feet? Why didn't you just throw it all over there? %-P Rick
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    Because we split this stuff big... its going to be the mid winter deep freeze stuff. usually in jan/feb we drop below zero and dont come up for 2-3 weeks... this past season I was filling the furnace to the brim every 3 hours like clockwork. I dont want to do that this year, so this stuff is big. and heavy. and had to go over 3 rows that were 5' high and a pile that is 8' high. Im strong, but not that strong.
  11. savageactor7

    savageactor7 Minister of Fire

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    Damn, 50 feet Andy? Around here that calls for some wheelbarrow music.
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    CowboyAndy New Member

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    And how long would it take you to move 2 cords with a wheelbarrow??? If you have that kind of time, more power to you...
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    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    seems like your out in front of the work this season. How many cords you have so far?
  14. CowboyAndy

    CowboyAndy New Member

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    This summer is going to be extremly busy, so if I dont get it done now its not getting done! I dont have a free saturday from june to september, and sundays are for boating.
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    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    Iam trying to do the same they have me working 6 days aweek 11 hrs a day that will slow me down. come june iam done til fall
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    Just kiddin', buddy...at my age, I'd be lucky to throw a baseball 50 feet. I like machines of every description. Rick
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  18. CowboyAndy

    CowboyAndy New Member

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    thats exactly where i got the calculation for how much STACKED wood my trailer holds. LOVE that site.
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    Bigg_Redd Minister of Fire

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    I guess we differ in this. I can't imagine saving more than 20 minutes per load by stacking than just throwing it in. That 20 minutes is well worth the extra 1/3 or a cord that stacking allows me to haul.
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    Bigg_Redd Minister of Fire

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    Ohhhhh. . . OK I can see doing it for 50 ft trips.
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