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Started stacking the beech and oak last night......

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by ScotO, Jun 19, 2013.

  1. ScotO

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    Got around 1 1/2 cord put up in a couple hours...the cribbing takes a while, I did a double-cribbed end against last years wood.....felt good to be stacking.

    I have to get more stuff split before I can continue stacking. I'm hoping to do some splitting early Saturday morning. I'll keep stacking an hour in the evening here and there til its done. I need room for more rounds (lots of tree work to do this summer!)

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  2. USMC80

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    Very nice work
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  3. MasterMech

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    I've been cribbing since I was 8. I'm over it. ;lol

    I'm willing to spend money to avoid it at this point (saves me time!) and it's difficult to stack 6ft high with a freestanding stack.

    Looking forward to seeing pics of the monster stacks Scotty!
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  4. ScotO

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    I've got around 6 more cord of red oak, white oak, beech, and a little red maple to split and stack yet. I've already got more than enough to replace what I burnt last season, and the stuff I got is better than what I used last year......

    Lots of big tree jobs in the coming months, I'll take lots of pics!
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    Looking good Scotty. Love how you & Backwoods make those crib ends. I need to start doing that
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  6. ScotO

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    Its not that hard, but it takes a little time and practice to make them really stable. I used to do the entire stack (not just the ends, but the WHOLE DAMM STACK) like that.......it sure looks pretty, but takes a long time to stack that way!!
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  7. Blue2ndaries

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    Nice work Scotty. When do you apply your black plastic top cover? As you go right after stacking or leave it uncovered until rainy season/fall?
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  8. ScotO

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    I quit using tarps and I started using the rubber roofing material, much stronger than plastic or tarps. I waited til late August last year, but I'm going to put it on as soon as I'm done stacking this year........I have it ready to go, and seems to help heat up the stack with the sun hitting it, so why not!
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    Nice looking stack going Scotty! Cribbing does take a bit of practice and time for sure. I'm getting the hang of it myself still.
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  10. TimJ

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    Scott, I have no dead beech but I have plenty of live beech. I had 5 big branches here and there down over the last six months that I cut up. I did not need to split them. I tell you that is some heavy stuff there.
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  11. bogydave

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    I think double cribbed ends helps stability .
    Sometimes I tie the cribs together if going over 4'. Earthquakes, wind & shrinkage, the more stable the better.
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  12. ScotO

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    I agree, although I haven't had any stacks fall over from earthquakes (that I am aware of!)

    I like to do a cribbed row every 6-8' in the stacks for stability, and also so the stack doesn't collapse as you pull wood from it throughout the burning season.
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  13. will711

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    Looks good Scotty here's a few pics of my cribbed stacks.

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    Hop in the copter and head north Scotty. Got plenty for you to practice those crib ends on. :D

    Do you see beach that is hollow ? Alot of the larger stuff here is that way.
    I take it the living room floor is all done? :p
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  16. ScotO

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    both beech trees from that last jobsite were hollow, too! And yes, the floor is done.....but still have to finish the trim and tile entryway this week!!<>;em
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    I can help with that, if you don't mind a long drive.==c
    Um, tiling? Pics, of course.:cool:
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    Them's the rules;)
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    I've never considered double cribbing but can see it could help. As far as time to build the ends, I don't think it takes more time or if it does, it is very little extra time. However, I have been known to tear part of an end down and redo it. Sometimes I look back on the work and wonder how I could have done so bad...
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  20. mywaynow

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    Love the beech. Heavy as heck when green, but cured is more like ash wieght. Cures quickly too. Nice stacks Scotty.
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    For stability on the ends I take some pallet planks that I cut in half, 2' long and use them to tie the cribbed end back to the main stack as I go up. 2 or 3 at mid point. Just try to have a split from the cribbing & from the main resting on the plank.
    I also use a few full 4' planks from pallets that I lay parallel to the splits in the main body of the stack.
    It seems to help as my stacks used to shift as they dried & settled but not as much any more & I can now stack higher.
    I also use the black rubber roofing screwed to the side of the top splits of the cribbing which locks it all in a little better.

    One trick I found to get the pallet planks without pulling all the nails & breaking the planks is to use a circular saw & cut the planks where they meet the end rails, then twist the plank off the mid rail.
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  22. ScotO

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    I love that beech too, MWN. I've probably got around 6 cord of it now, with that recent monster I just got. I'll be splitting and stacking tomorrow in the AM, then I have three jobs to go look at. Ones a big silver maple, other one is a huge oak (I'm hoping its a white), and ones a 60' pine (client wasnt sure what kind though). On top of of this work, I want to get both of my living room windows trimmed out and stain my front door.....

    Busy weekend!!
  23. ScotO

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    I love that beech too, MWN. I've probably got around 6 cord of it now, with that recent monster I just got. I'll be splitting and stacking tomorrow in the AM, then I have three jobs to go look at. Ones a big silver maple, other one is a huge oak (I'm hoping its a white), and ones a 60' pine (client wasnt sure what kind though). On top of of this work, I want to get both of my living room windows trimmed out and stain my front door.....

    Busy weekend!!
  24. mywaynow

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    Don't over do it overkill! You know the joke about the old bull and the young bull right?:cool:
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  25. ScotO

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    Yes I do, as a matter of fact!;)

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