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Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Flame, Sep 27, 2008.

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  1. Flame

    Flame New Member

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    A little over six cords ready to roll. The way things are looking I think it's a good idea to be set for this winter and next. My wood guy more then doubled his sales from last winter and he is out. Once oil burners get a taste of this years prices I expect wood to be disappearing quick.
    Great to be back on here and I can't wait for my next fire !!

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  2. High_Iron

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    Very nice. I have a lil less than you, but my stacks are not nearly as pretty as yours.
  3. BXTF

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    Five cords and still going, Just got a permit to cut four cords on state lands near buy.
  4. syd3006

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    Those stacks are so nice lookin you're not going to want to burn them!! Nice job.
  5. Backwoods Savage

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    Please forgive me if I am wrong (which happens a lot) and I don't want to lick all the red off your candy, but that does not look like six cords. Maybe six face cords?

    Naturally, it would be next to impossible to figure the size now because of the very nice way you have it all stacked (excellent for seasoning). You are to be congratulated on your stacking job. We use that method for the ends of our piles but in between, it is just stacked tightly.
  6. Valhalla

    Valhalla Minister of Fire

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    Come on, give Flame a break! He is very proud of his work, as he even swept up before the photo. Besides, the stacks may be much longer than shown in the photo.

    Besides, his wife probably took the great photo then handed him a cold Sam Adams!

    Nice work, admire it, enjoy it and keep warm.
  7. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Hey Valhalla, I'm not trying to pick on anyone, least of all that man. If you read the post, you'll see that I indeed congratulated the man.

    He has every right to be proud of his work and of course I realize there is much that is not in the picture. After all, you can see there is more because you can get a peek at another row off to the left. It's just natural around here to question cords against face cords or ricks, and I don't see six cords there. But I do see a lot of work and very neat work at that. And that is why I congratulated him.
  8. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    Its all GOOD!
  9. Valhalla

    Valhalla Minister of Fire

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    Hi Savage,

    We can clearly see his very fine work. A little friendly and jousting conversation between wood burner guys goes a long way on a cold evening. All in good fun! For example, from your avatar you have some stacking to do! Just joking! Besides, life is way too short.

    Hey, keep warm in Michigan. Thanks and keep in touch.

    Cheers
  10. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Valhalla, thanks. You'll also notice my signature! Keeping things friendly is necessary indeed.

    Thankfully, that stacking was done long ago. Very soon though we'll be starting to cut for the year 2015. That usually happens in early December (when we normally start cutting firewood). That's not too far away now. But just in case something happens, we have plenty of very seasoned wood all cut, split and stacked. If you looked at our pile of wood and compared with the price of heating oil, we have many thousands of dollars worth of fuel on hand. No, you can't have my address.
  11. Valhalla

    Valhalla Minister of Fire

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    Wow, for 2015. That is forward planning.

    Now, lets see what Flame says about his photo.

    Cheers, and enjoy the coming heating season and only a wood burner can.
  12. Elfin

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    We finally went out and measured our stacked wood... we've got 4.5 cords that we've collected from our own property over the past 6 years. And, we gave nearly a cord away to a family member this year, too. Couldn't burn any of it until this year, as we were still burning the pellet stove. Why someone would install a pellet stove here, when we've got nearly a cord of wood per year coming off our own property, I'll never understand. But, it did give us some time to get stocked up on wood before springing for the woodstove.
  13. Todd

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    Very nice stack there Flame. I will be 3 years ahead come Sunday since I found a great score of 2 full cords of dry Oak for only $160. I usually cut my own but couldn't pass up this deal.
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    Ya, around here a cord to most people is really just a face cord.
  15. Flame

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    Thanks for the compliments fellow wood burners. Yes, I am like a proud father when it comes to my wood stove and my wood piles. As stated "it's all Good" in the poking and joking ;-) By the photo, my wood piles don't appear as long as they are and you just can't see it all so the questioning in 6 cords is understandable. With very tight measurements (not including the space between the two stacks side by side) I have: Stack 1) 240 Cubic feet, Stack 2) 323 Cubic Feet, Stack 3) 420 Cubic Feet. Together this actually comes out to 7.67 cords. But it is hard to be really accurate on any cord of wood so I usually subtract one cord in the end anyway. I wish I was set until 2015! Now that really is being prepared. I think I would fear some punk wood in my pile by then though. I hope you guys start posting more pics. I love those stove and wood photos. It's kinda' damp and clammy out.... I'm starting to itch for my first fire already :gulp:
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    Congratulations. I have processed 450 cf of the dump truck load of wood (most pieces have been between 3-5 ft in length) I got from a nearby mill and think the total, once I'm done (hopefully by mid-week this week) will be 628 cf. I can't imagine having enough wood through 2015. That's cool. I need to get a permit from the forest service and collect some of my own wood this winter, if the snow's not too deep. The permits are cheap, around $40, and allow you to collect 2 cords. I live between 2 grizzly and black bear habitats and tend to stay out of the forest when they're awake and moving around--I have no desire to have an encounter with a bear.
  17. Backwoods Savage

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    Flame, there usually is no worry about punk in the wood piles. Only if punk was already starting would you get any or if the wood was never covered.

    I've stated many times on here that we do not cover our wood when we stack it. The wood stays uncovered at least through the summer months and early fall. (Sometimes we have left some wood uncovered over a year though.) Then when the fall rains hit (snow is usually right behind) we cover the top only. Leave the sides and ends open It works.

    Our wood is piled right on the ground normally, however, depending upon where we stack it we might cut some poles in the woods and use them under the stacks. The ends are similar to how Flame has his stacked and in the middle the wood is just thrown together. We do usually try to stack most of the wood bark up.

    For the ends, I split a lot of wood into square pieces. That is really quite easy to do and makes stacking much easier.

    When cutting wood, we limb the trees and then cut those limbs on a sawbuck. After cutting the larger stuff, the wife (if she is working with me that day) puts the limbs onto the sawbuck while I just stand there and saw away. The large stuff gets cut right on the ground. Most times I'll put a few poles down and, using a cant hook, roll the log onto the poles. That makes cutting very easy and no worry about getting the chain into the dirt. It works for us.

    For hauling the wood, we use a Yamaha ATV and either a trailer or a small wagon. Fortunately we don't have to haul it too far as we do all the cutting on our own place.

    Cheers to all.
  18. RI Jim

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    Hi flame, nice pile of wood you got there. I ride my motorcycle through your area all the time on my way to dresser hill dairy. There are some nice roads out that way. It might be warm and clammy now but the cold is comming. We'll be burning in no time.
  19. timm525

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    I only got a little over one cord for this winter, but seeings as I'm in Flordia, I think I'll be OK!!!

    I already have a little more than one cord ready for next year.

    Can't have too much wood in my opinion!
  20. deadon

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    Hi guys I am new to here, but my woodpile measures 45 foot long 15 foot wide and 5 foot high. since a cord is 4 foot by 4 foot by 8 foot I estamate that I have 14 cords cut. I have a cabin in the mountains of Pennsylvania and my neigbors have timbered their property so I can cut to my hearts content . My wife thinks I have obsessive compulsive disorder OCD for firewood. I burn it at home and at the cabin. Nothing better than a hot fire and a cold beer during hunting season at the cabin.

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    Using your measurements...45x15x5=3375 cubic feet

    3375/128(4x4x8=128...1 cord)=26.367 cords. I would say you are good for a year or 2 :)
  22. Flame

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    Deadon,
    I share your same OCD fire wood afliction..or is it the beer :) Luckily my wife is in to it.. up to a point anyway. In the summer my fire pit is going 3 out of five nights and as winter aproaches she finds me cleaning, tinkering and staring at the wood stove. Once that's lit it's all over. Sometimes I just go out between my wood piles and suck in a deap breath though the nose to get a good wiff of that wood smell. Am I sick or what ? I don't care ! This stuff is to adicting to give up !! :ahhh:
  23. Valhalla

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    Afliction, heck no, it is an affection!

    We wood burners just appreciate the finer things in life. Just like guys that have gasoline/diesel for blood and really love the smell of jet fuel in the morning! As I do.

    Enjoy your passions!
  24. deadon

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    I just spent the weekend cutting, splitting, and stacking two large White Oaks that had died 3 years ago behind the cabin. They were still standing with no bark, about 15 inches in diameter I had been watching them since they began to die ,you cutters know the kind Snow white and hard as a rock. Boy did that smell good when we were splitting. A friend from the camp next door has a monster splitter ,can split any thing two men can lift. We got enough from these two trees for his camp for the winter.
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    I hear yah all ,Ive got 9 cord cut and stacked for a start and im a hunter asually driving roads i would look for game,NOW when driving i see nothing but the dead trees in the tree rows and it sure looks like they all have $ signs on them...is there something wrong with me..and Deadon how do you like your soap stone,I read about all the posts with the different stoves and really dont much about there units...Im new to the soap stone world and im thinking im liking it...ZZZim
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