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The White Oak Is Down

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Ralphie Boy, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. Ralphie Boy

    Ralphie Boy Minister of Fire

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    I dropped the standing dead white oak my neighbor gave me. Gonna be some good heat in a few years. Still a bit more bucking to do, but it's Valentins Day and I've got to make chocolate covered strawberries before my wife gets home!:eek:

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    The last picture is the white oak, a pile of mockernut hickory, and way in the back, white ash. All a gift from the neighbor.
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  2. Woody Stover

    Woody Stover Minister of Fire

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    Oh man, I can smell it from here!
    That's jackpot material there, all of it.:cool:
    Rows of rounds aren't doin' you any good, though... ==c
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  3. swagler85

    swagler85 Minister of Fire

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    good stuff there
  4. Ralphie Boy

    Ralphie Boy Minister of Fire

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    Not to worry they'll be splits tomorrow!:cool:
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    Blue2ndaries Minister of Fire

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    Awesome Ralphie...I love white oak.
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  6. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    Hickory & white oak; 2 of the best firewoods IMO.
    Nice job.
    BTU's add up fast with white oak,
    splits a bit tougher than red oak , but worth it :)
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  7. Ralphie Boy

    Ralphie Boy Minister of Fire

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    The other neighbor who owns the horse farm that makes the north boundry of my place has a splitter he said I could use any time I wanted. I've never used it but I think I'll take him up on that offer for the oak. The ash is no problem, just a good day's workout.
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  8. Thistle

    Thistle Minister of Fire

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    Excellent. 3 of the best woods you can get right there.For burning or whatever other use you can think of.
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    you da man Ralphie Boy............you da man
  10. Ralphie Boy

    Ralphie Boy Minister of Fire

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    I would liked to have had enough of that oak to process into flooring for my dining area. Just not enough.;hm
  11. ScotO

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    Thats the kind of scores I like......standing dead white oak ripe for the picking!
    I love splitting those long straight trunks too. Great stuff there. Like woody said, I can smell it from here.....all that vanilla-ish goodness!

    Great score, and looks like a nice drop too, Ralphie!
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  12. Ralphie Boy

    Ralphie Boy Minister of Fire

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    The back cut was a bit lower than I wanted but it still came down right where I wanted it.
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  13. thewoodlands

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    Looks like some great firewood in 2-3 years, or does white oak take less time to season?
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  14. Thistle

    Thistle Minister of Fire

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    About the same most of the time,occasionally you get lucky though.
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    man... there could have been a couple of nice sawlogs out of that tree...
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  16. Ralphie Boy

    Ralphie Boy Minister of Fire

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    White oak take about 3 years, however this hasn been standing dead for many years so it may take less time. Some of the rounds were light for oak given their size so they may be fairly dry.
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    Ralphie Boy, very nice. When the white oak is is split and stacked, will that be a cord?
  18. Ralphie Boy

    Ralphie Boy Minister of Fire

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    Even with what I have left to buck and split I think I may be a bit shy of a cord.
  19. Redlegs

    Redlegs Feeling the Heat

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    I am guessing thats the Stihl 441 in the first picture? Looks like a 25 inch bar? So I am guessing the rounds at the base we about 20 inches or so dia? That is a nice haul. Nice straight trunk should split fairly easily too. Good work.
  20. Ralphie Boy

    Ralphie Boy Minister of Fire

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    Good eye, tis exactly what it is MS 441 25":cool:

    The largest is about 22" or so, just had a wee bit of the bar tip coming through the round.;)
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    Ralph, wouldn't that be great to have about 50 of those trees to cut down for firewood?! That would really be sweet.
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  22. Ralphie Boy

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    That would give fuel for a long time and enough to make into flooring for the dining room.:cool:
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    They never seem to die here, not like the Red Oak types. I got a blow-down here last year, 16" IIRC.
    The neighbors are really saving me right now. Guy next door took down a dead Red Maple. We were talking and I said "Man, I need more of that quick-drying stuff." He said "I'll trade ya." Nice. :cool: I'll probably lay some Oak on him; He's a couple years ahead, so it'll have time to dry.

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    I called a couple of folks that live about a half mile away to see if I could get a few small down Red Elms that I saw last year. They said "Hey, we took out a Maple, and another one blew down." The Maple (Red) has a punked spot about 1/4 of the diameter on the lower trunk rounds...don't know how far up it goes but there should be a lot that's still OK. The blow-down turned out to be a Black Cherry which looks to be in great shape. My quick-drying stock is filling out nicely. :cool:
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    I also made a treat for my sweetie; Caramel center in nougat, with almond bark on the outside. ==c

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  25. Redlegs

    Redlegs Feeling the Heat

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    Woody, I think you've been standing downwind of the saw exaust just a little too long. Too much ;lol

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