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Splitting and also finding more to cut.

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Backwoods Savage, May 1, 2013.

  1. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Wow, a July day in May! We were at 82 today. Our first 80 of the year so maybe we are finally out of that below normal weather. Also it did not rain today which is a blessing for sure. Not much rain in the forecast either.

    Pic 1 is a cherry that went over last summer. Pic 2 is another elm that is dead. Might be ready to cut next winter or the following winter.
    Cherry broken.JPG Dead elm-May 2013.JPG

    This is a clump of maple and 2 of them came down. A picture of what is left to split.

    Maple broken.JPG Splitting-2013a.JPG

    More pictures of the splitting pile.
    Splitting-2013b.JPG Splitting-2013d.JPG

    I did split for maybe 1/2 hour today. Have to take it in small chunks due to some body problems.

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  2. BobUrban

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    Looks like you are making progress Dennis - no problem with taking it a little at a time when you are way ahead.

    Great May day here in Mid-Michigan - actually too hot for my taste but I am not complaining since I have a bear hunt in two weeks in Manitoba and they got 9" of new snow yesterday - Guide says the bears will be out and hungry by the time I get there on the 12th but I cannot "not" look at the long term forcast daily :)
  3. Backwoods Savage

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    Thanks Bob. Be prepared for all those black flies and mosquitoes on your trip and good luck.

    It was a bit hot for splitting wood. Hard to see with all the sweat running down into the eyes.
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    Dennis, we know it's you by the red splitter perched verticle in the midst of the pile! I'm still about 1/2 and 1/2 Vert vs. Horiz in my splitting. Depends on the size I guess.

    Looking Good!

    TS
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  5. BobUrban

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    The up side is that if the cool weather holds I won't be dealing with the flies and mosquitos - in a perfect world it will be warm enough to get the bears out of their slumber but cool enough to keep the bugs at bay. I will be packing duel thermocells and a head net just in case!! The last time I went bear hunting in Ontario I needed most of my arrows to shoot the mosquitos before any bear was seen. Dang things are like pterodactyl's up there!!
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  6. thewoodlands

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    Nice job on the splitting Sav, looks like some nice firewood. We had 86 on the Radio Shack special on the south side of the house.
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  7. Thistle

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    85 here yesterday,upper 50's most of day until the front moved in.44 & very windy now,rain/snow tommorow high of 39.Same on Friday,may see an inch or two of SNOW in this part of state,4-5 possible in northern areas....._g
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    You keep that snow and rain out there Thistle. Right now no rain in sight until Sunday which is good. I have about 2 pickup loads chunked up but need the soybean field dry to get to it. 2 loads for an older gentlemen from church which should about finish him off for next winter with what myself and another fellow has hauled in.

    Good to see you have made some progress Sav.
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  9. paul bunion

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    1/2 hour at a time gets it done. And its still faster than you can burn it.
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  10. HDRock

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    Looks like your getin er done.
    I had a bunch of other crap to do today, and some bucking, and outside burning, so only got a little split, filled up the little trailer and what U see, a little in the back of the other trailer. Ya It was dark before I quit
    Did A little sweating, but hay ! I'm used to 78,80 indoors :)

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    44 here, partly cloudy. Good splitting weather.

    Don't know if it was above 75° if i could handle it.
    82° , I might melt.
    You building to have a hot - hot summer ? Fast wood seasoning (kiln dried) :eek:

    Looks like you'll be stacking soon.
    Slow & steady gets er done ! You got a mountain of splits there. Looking good!

    Use some help to drop those blow overs. Long rope & pull it down?
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    Sav, the skeeters are out early up here, big ones at that. It's to dry up here, I think the next rain is coming in on next Thursday.
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    Nice work Dennis. Go slow and steady. Funny how our bodies tell us what we should and shouldn't be doing. Yes, the bugs are coming out around here as well ZAP. It is dry. Hope we don't have it as dry as we did last year.
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    That surprises me about the skeeters out already. Not here. There seemed to be a lot of bugs in the air yesterday but not today. Not as humid today either. I did split a little more today but hurt too much to do much. Tomorrow I may try to till one of the gardens. The other for sure is not dry enough.

    Our official high yesterday turned out to be 84. Looks like maybe 81 today. Now we start the downward trend again but at least no rain expected for several days. We're hoping that snow doesn't get here either.
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    Nice work Dennis! It's amazing how hot 80 feels after a long, cold winter.

    I laughed at this because it's how I always think. I don't often have a big chunk of time to work on wood, so it's a little bit at a time. When I'm getting down about how little time I have, I just think "well you just heated your home for a few days". Then I feel better. ;)
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    Yeah, got an email from my brother in WI and they were hotter than we were down here! :ZZZ I did some sweating on the Oak I was getting, but at least I didn't have to stop at the country club on my way home to get in the sauna. ;lol
    Pretty nice pile you got goin' there, Big D. And the stacks in the background look like they go on forever. :cool:

    May flies are out now, here...look like giant mosquitos but thankfully don't bite. ;lol
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  17. Backwoods Savage

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    That's funny Waulie about "just heated your home for a few days. That is exactly how I think!
  18. WellSeasoned

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    Looking good Dennis. When you can see only the top foot of a vertical splitter, its a nice pile;)
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  19. Backwoods Savage

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    Had to take a few days off. Yesterday I tilled and planted one of the gardens. This one I got 16+ rows of sweet corn (90' rows) and 1+ row of Thomas Laxton peas. Needless to say, I was bushed last night and even took today off.
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  20. WellSeasoned

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    I love sweet corn!
  21. Backwoods Savage

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    I do too but not so much the new varieties of the super sweet stuff. Gives me the trots and besides, I like the older corn better. Our favorite is Golden Bantam or sometimes we've found a golden cross bantam that was good too.

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