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Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Backwoods Savage, Feb 17, 2013.

  1. tfdchief

    tfdchief Minister of Fire

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    Great post Dennis. That's what this forum is all about.......Information. Jake must be asleep though ;lol
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  2. chvymn99

    chvymn99 Minister of Fire

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    Yep, thats what I do too. Much easier this way on my back, but I use a bucked log. Those milk crates are just a little too low for my knees. :)
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  3. Locust Post

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    I know there is a lot of back and forth on the vertical/horizontal and I know a lot of jabs or fun poked at Sav but anyone that has been on here for awhile and benefitted by Sav's posts most, I have to say are just poking fun. No difference in laughing about Blazeking stoves burning for 3 days on a load of wood. What ever way works the best for the individual is just great in my book.
    Just getter done Sav any way you have to and thank the Lord you can still do it. WE LOVE YA MAN!
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  4. TheBaron

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    I sure love seeing all those stacks of wood sitting there. That alone is motivation to start harvesting your own wood.

    Great info here. Thanks!
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  5. osagebow

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    Hey BWS - Your posts are A BIG reason I went with a Huskee 22. Scrounging flea markets for a hookeroon/pickeroon also. I have 11 acres with a lot of mature oak. I guess anyone that can hoist and split 25" x 25" oak rounds horizontally can think what they wanna think.

    But they ain't gettin' any younger. I'll split that stuff with my can on a crate, thank you.
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  6. adrpga498

    adrpga498 Minister of Fire

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    I split vertical and stack the same way as you can see by my avatar. I get razzzed a bit here about the HH method but works well 4 me. Not saying it dries any faster but sure can get a lot of wood in a small foot print. Conversation piece too.
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  7. flatlandr

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    I only split horizontal if the wood is coming off the back of the truck anymore. I started to split vertically after reading Sav's posts.
    Only thing different is that a 5 gallon bucket works best for me and my back doesn't complain as much.
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  8. NortheastAl

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    Dennis, it just doesn't get any better than finding what works and sticking with it. I like your style.
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  9. Backwoods Savage

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    Hey guys, all the talk about all our wood got me to thinking. The other day I was cutting some wood and naturally, this time of the year you can see through the woods nicely. You have no idea how much joy I got every time I brought a load of wood out to the splitting pile. If I can, I'll try to get a picture in the next few days of what I'm talking about. I think you'll enjoy it. For sure I'll get some pictures of the splitting pile before and after.

    Thanks guys for all the positive remarks. You are a great bunch! Even Eileen is great! ;)
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  10. basod

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    Dennis it's a to each his own sort of thing, you find what works for you and roll with it.
    Any and all milkcrate jokes on my end are just ballbustin:)
    For me, having a L5-S1 herniation makes it hard to sit hunched over therefore standing and the big round roller work for me.

    If they made milkcrates for 6'4" guys with bad lower backs I might reconsider;)
  11. Backwoods Savage

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    Geeze basod. I had a herniation there but now all the x-rays show there basically is no L5-S1. Arthritis has everything grown together back there. Not much one can do about that. I also have 3 or 4 herniations above that and 3 more in the neck. Life can get interesting at times.
  12. basod

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    You know what they say about if it dosen't kill you...
    Well a pinched sciatic nerve will make you think they had
    After the shot I've been mostly good just can't sit in the geometry of a milkcrate without a little flareup

    there once was a time when ibuprofen was candy;)
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  13. Backwoods Savage

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    And there once was a time I took way too much anti-inflamatory medicine. It almost killed me. Then we found Vioxx. Great stuff! Sadly, they then took it off the market. Such is life. I do have to take pain medicine almost daily to get through it but I guess that is the price for all the damage. That tumble I took last fall really did not help a bit either. Still hurting from that one. Lighter saw is helping though.
  14. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Bought the splitter in 1988 and have never split a piece of wood horizontally on it. It goes horizontal just for transport from A to B. No milk crate. Always use a round. That way when I split that one I know I am done.

    The little electric I bought last year only does horizontal but since I only use it for re-splits that is fine. Since I got it I don't remember where I put the maul.
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  15. Backwoods Savage

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    Geeze Bart, we must have bought about the same time. Splitter is getting old. The engine is about worn out but the rest is doing fine.
  16. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Replaced the engine on mine five or six years ago with a Chonda from Harbor Freight. Needed a carb and B&S wanted ninety bucks and the 6.5 horse Chonda was on sale for $99. One of the best moves I ever made. I think we both have the 20 ton Duerr re-branded.
  17. Backwoods Savage

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    I may do that too. Our B&S is a 5 hp but another horse or two won't hurt.
  18. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Shaft length is different so you have to get longer bolts to mount the pump but it ain't no thang. I screwed around and let the ethanol gum up the carb in the Chonda last year. Bought a brand new carb for it off of eBay for $14 shipping included.
  19. Backwoods Savage

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    Holy crap. That is cheap! If all we need is longer bolts, that is not a bad problem to have. I'll nurse it along if we can but know sooner or later we'll have to do something. Last time I let a neighbor use it, the motor came back dry. The real kicker is that I gave them oil to use and told them it was using oil and how long to run the engine before adding oil. Shoot, they could have even called me and I'd have added the oil.... Some do not appreciate, I guess.

    btw, you mentioned the re-branded splitter. I was not aware that MTD did that. Aren't they also still in business. I know lots of those companies have been bought out.
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  20. albert1029

    albert1029 Feeling the Heat

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    if I had a splitter I know I'd go vertical...
  21. Backwoods Savage

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    Albert, if you get a splitter you'll wonder how you ever got along without it.
  22. Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle

    Doing The Dixie Eyed Hustle Minister of Fire

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    A splitter is on our list this year.

    The museum money is earmarked for it !
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  23. Shane N

    Shane N Feeling the Heat

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    It is probably because I'm a young pup, but I still prefer swinging the Fiskars. The same shop that stores my maul has a splitter. I think it has a lot to do with the fact that I enjoy working on it for 30-60 minutes at a time anyways. I can go out and knock out a couple 8 foot sections, head back inside, and get back to work again on the computer.
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  24. Backwoods Savage

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    Shane, many of us can easily relate to your situation because we've been there. I wish I could still split by hand because I enjoyed it. However, sometimes life cause you to go in different directions than planned.
  25. Shane N

    Shane N Feeling the Heat

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    Yeah, I'm sure I'll be in that boat someday too. My dad bought the splitter because he can't swing a maul anymore.

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