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The log that wouldn't Split

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Moe Hunter, Mar 9, 2013.

  1. Moe Hunter

    Moe Hunter New Member

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    Now I've split a cord or two quite literally and have recently come across a log that just wouldn't split. I mangled one piece but the rest of the log is not worth the effort. I've tried an 8lber and a fiskars and a wood grenade and a splitting wedge with an 8 lb sledge and crikey this SOB won't go.

    What's a noob to do?

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  2. arngnick

    arngnick Member

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    When all else fails...Split it with a chainsaw ;) (Or you could save the tough ones and rent a power splitter).
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  3. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

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    Throw it in the woods to rot and move on to the next one.
  4. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Sometimes we learn a few new words when running into something like that.
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  5. Moe Hunter

    Moe Hunter New Member

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    Noodled the snot out of it. Every price from that log was just a stringy nightmare.
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  6. andybaker

    andybaker Feeling the Heat

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    I've had a few of those. I wish I could walk away from them, but they keep calling me back. I just can't let a piece of wood beat me.
  7. Moe Hunter

    Moe Hunter New Member

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    You only need to be 1% smarter than the wood.
  8. KaptJaq

    KaptJaq Minister of Fire

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    Since my wife feels my head is full of rocks that 1% can be pretty hard...

    KaptJaq
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  9. HDRock

    HDRock Minister of Fire

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    Had two rounds from the elm scrounge, that were just stubborn, noodled one, the other cut it to length I wanted, vuala, new splitting block, no worries of splitting the splitting block ==c
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  10. ScotO

    ScotO Guest

    sounds like you introduced yourself to a stringy elm log. The ones that grow out in the open fields can get downright NASTY and stringy......but as it has already been said, ain't no way I'll let a log beat me. If I can't get it by hand, it'll meet the hydraulics. >> If that don't work, it's gettin' noodled......::-)
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  11. weatherguy

    weatherguy Minister of Fire

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    Time to make cookies
  12. pen

    pen There are some who call me...mod. Staff Member

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    There aren't many I've rolled over the bank, but there are a few.

    I've had a few with several wedges buried in them I couldn't remove that were bad enough I debated starting a fire right then and there to get my tools back.

    pen
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  13. alex johnson

    alex johnson New Member

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    I like the gnarly wood, were all the crothches trees come together, i use my chainsaw on them. They will go all night.
  14. Thistle

    Thistle Minister of Fire

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    I burn EVERYTHING,bring home even the gnarliest,knottiest pieces.I save them for blocks to split & saw on.They'll usually last 2-3 years or a bit longer,depending on how battered/notched up they get.After that in the fire they go.

    Like to have 2 of them maybe 30-40 ft apart so there's less carrying/sorting the different blocks/chunks to my various drying stacks.Woodturning blocks/slabs etc are stacked separately from fuel.

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  15. Moe Hunter

    Moe Hunter New Member

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    That's some nice wood porn there thistle.

    I'm contemplating turning the noodles pieces into a small table to hold my whiskey glass and book.
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  16. billb3

    billb3 Minister of Fire

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    and some unique new combinations of them as well
  17. loadstarken

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    I have a couple rounds that I couldn't split and I can't wait to throw them into the firepit Summer 2014 while having a tall beverage!
  18. jdp1152

    jdp1152 Minister of Fire

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    I've got an ash round that had a large branch cut off it. Not a straight grain in it unless you count the two wedges that will remain there until I rent a splitter. The ends are all kinds of chewed up from trying to whittle the edges to release some tension. I moved it from the top of a hill down to in front of the wood stacks to remind that bastard what is coming. He won many battles, but I'll win the war.
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  19. Boog

    Boog Minister of Fire

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    That's when you call in the pro ...................... the 23lb Sotz maul. Pound on it with the Sotz for a bit and you'll have kindling..............>>
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  20. Moe Hunter

    Moe Hunter New Member

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    It's comforting that I am not the only
    one who has nearly been defeated by a piece of wood. They'll burn one way or another.
  21. jdp1152

    jdp1152 Minister of Fire

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    I've been defeated by a heck of a lot of wood.

  22. Shane N

    Shane N Feeling the Heat

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    I use a chunk of box elder as my splitting block. I swear that stuff self-heals :)
  23. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    You'll need a 1" drill bit, some XX black powder, and cannon fuse...

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