A month or so ago I helped out some people on the other side of town when a microburst hit.....ended up getting a ton of wood from tops and a blown down beech. Well, another huge beech on their property lost it's top, which destroyed the roof on their house, during that storm... Long story short, the insurance adjuster said that the damaged beech (which was a 70' tree, around 36-40" diameter at the base, and only around 8' from the house with a heavy lean towards it) had to come down or they would be having problems with the insurance claim....a local insured arborist with a 60' bucket truck took the tree down, piece by piece, the whole way to the ground (due to the heavy lean). Thanks to the help I gave them a month ago, they called me up just before we left for vacation and asked me if I wanted the wood (around 1 1/2-2 cord total). They said when I got back, to come and get it! We came home from vacation a couple days early due to the big storm that hit the east coast, and I went down and got started on that tree this afternoon. My youngest son and I set up the splitter and went straight to work.....I wasn't about to try and load 400lb beech rounds into the truck! If you've never dealt with green beech rounds, they are HEAVY SOB's!! several piles of smaller rounds (from the limbs and branches) are sitting around the yard.....second and third pics are of the main trunk... I was really proud of my 12yr old son....he's becoming quite the worker. He loaded the entire truck by himself.....Overkill-style!! Offloading the first load. I have at least one, maybe one and a half loads, to get tomorrow..... Yeah, I'm a firewood hoarder for sure!!