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Timber Cleanup/Log Storage ?'s

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by jwaters, Apr 10, 2013.

  1. jwaters

    jwaters New Member

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    Have a farm that my dad own's that is currently a good source of firewood. The property is 15 miles from my house and no one lives on it. Want to do some timber cleaning, trail making going to be trees less than 18" diameter and I was thinking of this. I have pallets and fence posts there and was thinking of cutting the tree's and dragging to a central pile to cut into 40 inch lengths and stacking on pallets and not splitting, burning the tops/sticks. Then when needed 2 or 3 years from now cutting them in half or 20 inches and splitting them to haul home and put in my stacks to finish seasoning. I am pretty confindent that if split and left at farm i will be doing someone else a huge favor. I am ahead on wood and full at home for next year. I was thinking 2 sets of 3 pallets 4 posts, then stack logs on them where it is not in timber. Thoughts suggestions?

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  2. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    It might work but with that small diameter and 40" it would seem easy picking for many. I'd probably try leaving them 80" or even 10'.

    On the cutting and dragging, if you drag those logs they will get lots of dirt on the logs which your chain saw will not like at all. Not only will you be sharpening often but you will wear your chain out fast. I'd suggest building a small dray. That is what we did when we wanted to haul out some logs. The dray pictured below cost me around $10.

    Dray-1.JPG Hauling logs a.JPG
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  3. jwaters

    jwaters New Member

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    thanks! that drag looks good and functionable. good idea
  4. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Well, it is a dray rather than a drag and it is indeed handy. Only takes a very short time to put it together too. I used some old landscape timbers I scrounged from a neighbor and the 2 x 6 were just some short cut offs we had. So I had to buy some bolts to put it together and 2 eye bolts for strapping the load on. It is amazing how easy it pulls too.
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  5. BobUrban

    BobUrban Minister of Fire

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    Dennis - the more I see that dray posted the more I think I need one. I have all the components to fab one up so I just need to find the time. I won't be needing it until my serious cutting season starts again next winter so I have time :) I think there are some places and in particular, some logs, that a dray would just be darn handy!!
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  6. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Thanks Bob. It comes in pretty handy for many things besides hauling logs. Hey, it even works great for moving deer blinds. Want to have some fun? Tie a rope or ropes to the front and have someone ride so his feet are on the back of the dray. Snow or ice will give a really wild ride!
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