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Think I Scored One From Sandy: Cut from Top or Bottom?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Mass. Wine Guy, Oct 31, 2012.

  1. Mass. Wine Guy

    Mass. Wine Guy Feeling the Heat

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    Hmm. Well, I'm not going to spend more time hauling any more than I have home. I'll clean up the site, stack the wood by the road and someone is sure to take it. I realize this makes me a bad person, but I can live with that.

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  2. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    This I do not understand. If the log is on the ground and you drive a wedge in so you can finish the cut, when you finish your chain is touching good ole Mother Earth. Best way I know of to dull a chain. Leave the wedge in your pocket and roll that log before finishing the cut and you won't have to sharpen so often which will make the chain last a lot longer too.
  3. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    It is commonly referred to as softwood. Technically, any tree that drops leaf is a hardwood.
  4. Mass. Wine Guy

    Mass. Wine Guy Feeling the Heat

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    Savage, I understand your confusion. But when I first started cutting up the trees it was impossible for me to roll them over in order to make cuts on both sides. I don't think my chain went into the dirt, but maybe it did.
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    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    As my father used to tell me . . . "Poplar is a soft hardwood . . . and hemlock is a hard softwood."

    Softwood typically refers to conifers (evergreens) . . . hardwoods typically refer to the deciduous (leaf bearing) trees . . . not so much the density of the wood.
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    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    Personally I would take it . . . sure it may not be the best wood to burn for an overnight burn in middle of January . . . but it seasons relatively quickly and makes a great shoulder season fire or a fire for when you're home in the evening or nights. Think of it as a good karma building exercise . . . plus as noted . . . taking some of this now and cleaning it all up may result in future (better) scores if the person recommends you to others.
  7. Backwoods Savage

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    Ya, it is pretty hard to not touch the ground with the chain and that dulls it fast. I was reminded of this just today. I had to cut a couple trees (small ones) and the darned chain was really dull. Then I remembered that I had dug up a big root when we found some stuff growing up in the garden and I simply cut them with the chain saw. So, a quick filing and all was good.

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