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Scramble mode how you setting for this winter?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by smokinj, Aug 4, 2011.

  1. fahmahbob

    fahmahbob Member

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    Yeah, I wouldn't really count on the trees that have been down, though it probably depends upon the type. This past winter I bought some land that had some red oaks on it that had been dropped and cut into 4' sections. According to a neighbor the wood was like that for about 3 years. Some of it was stacked, a lot of it wasn't, and as I'm splitting it I'm realizing none of it is dry enough for this year. Granted, this is red oak and it's 14-24" in diameter. There were a few red maples too, but I'm finding a lot of punk in those. I hope you have better luck than me.

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  2. remkel

    remkel Minister of Fire

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    Should be all set for this year- about 4 cord up and drying since March/April. Think I am going to have to buy a grapple load to get going on next year's wood and part of the year after that. With the new stove, I am hoping for some more efficient burns and a reduction in the wood used. We shall see.
  3. fabsroman

    fabsroman Minister of Fire

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    Yeah, I hope I have better luck than you too. I guess I am going to get over there ASAP and see what the situation is. Worst case scenario I heat with natural gas this winter and start using wood next winter. My dad has 2 cords of pretty well seasoned wood that I might use, but we shall see. His only use for it is a fireplace right now, which is a complete waste of it. If he gets an insert, then that will be a different matter.
  4. amateur cutter

    amateur cutter Minister of Fire

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    Hey fabs, go for the tops & smaller limbs on the dead stuff first, that will be easy to get seasoned by fall. It's a bit more work, but way cheaper than NG.
  5. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

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    Over four years ahead (sold the fifth year) and some arse :vampire: from Indiana talked me into getting an alaskan chainsaw mill!

    Sounds like the splitting party will be a good time.

    zap
  6. mywaynow

    mywaynow Minister of Fire

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    I said to myself that if I ever made it to 40 cords C/S/S, I would sell off the splitter and saw and relax for 4-5 years. Thinking I should bump the number up to 60, just so I don't get there in the near future.
  7. SolarAndWood

    SolarAndWood Minister of Fire

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    Blasphemy. Incidentally, 40 cord can turn into 25 in 9 months if you have other projects going and sell a little.
  8. mywaynow

    mywaynow Minister of Fire

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    The selling part intrigues me, though scares me at the same time. I have had some ask to buy already, but don't know if I could let any go. I may cook 5-6 cords in a long season, so I am arouind 6 years ahead now. Problem is I enjoy the work. I feel like I am in better shape/stronger now than I have ever been. Maybe 75 cords?
  9. SolarAndWood

    SolarAndWood Minister of Fire

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    Saws need bars/chains, hydraulic pump in the dumper died, trailer tire blew out, want some lights housed in steel for the trailer, trailer could use a paint job and some brakes, and have been eyeing a mill for a while. Makes it a little easier to let some go when the shopping list gets to this point.
  10. MarkinNC

    MarkinNC Minister of Fire

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    I have the same issue as you though not to the same magnitude. I was a first year burner last year consuming 2.1 cords (waited til December to start though)but now I am over 4 years ahead. fortunately it's almost all oak so it should not rot. I have given some away already to people that need it. I thought about selling a couple of cords but only for a premium price because it would be seasoned wood. I want to keep going because I love the work as well. Fortunately I have a date with 2 large trees when the weather cools.

    No reason to sell any equipment though :)

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