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Tornado Clean up

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Wingman, Jun 27, 2013.

  1. Wingman

    Wingman Member

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    My neighborhood was surprisingly hit by its second twister in 2 years. The first was about 3 blocks from us, which I easily cleaned up as much oak, mulberry and some silver maple. The recent one hit about 3 weeks ago, flying right over the top of our house. Luckily our house wasn't badly damaged but our trees and others were badly mangled all the way up our street. One of our two Siberian Elms anchoring our driveway dropped a huge limb onto two of our cars, ending both their lives(one will live on as engine donor car). That rest of that tree was just dropped today.
    There was a Shingle Oak that fell across the street in common land that I've grabbed a truck load so far. The debris pickup crew came and took a lot of that good wood that I was going to go back for. They did however leave about 20+ foot of 30" trunk laying down on a creek slope. I will be going back for that when I get time. I've also got a mulberry and cherry that dropped right behind my wood stacks in my neighbor's yard.
    I've got my tree guy coming to take down another dead Siberian and clean the deadwood out of my maple and oak next week. I actually called him earlier the day of the tornado to drop me some wood, needless to say he doesn't need to worry about that anymore.
    I also picked up a truck load of Pignut Hickory that I am looking for to using two years from now.
    I think I am going to be on 7+ cords when all is said and done. I am losing my yard to all this wood!
    I'll get some pics up once I get them uploaded.

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  2. chvymn99

    chvymn99 Minister of Fire

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    Count your Blessing and thank God that nobody got killed, material needs can always be replaced. Now count the blessings of all that bountiful wood supply. Good luck on getting everything back in original condition.
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  3. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    Tornado can be bad for sure but good wood can be had. Glad you grabbed some.
  4. Paulywalnut

    Paulywalnut Minister of Fire

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    The more cords of wood you have the less grass you have to cut.
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  5. WellSeasoned

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    Glad no one was hurt. Good score on wood though, given the bad circumstances.
  6. Dairyman

    Dairyman Feeling the Heat

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    Glad that everyone is safe, I think we need some calmer weather.
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  7. save$

    save$ Minister of Fire

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    OMG! that is just too close. I have experience wind where the roof was taken off the building I was in. Very scary.
    Personally, I think any tree that can fall on a home is too close for comfort. Any with significant trunk or limb wood were removed from around my home and garage.
    Glad you are safe and have some wood to keep you warm.
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  8. Locust Post

    Locust Post Minister of Fire

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    Glad all are safe. Sounds like you are on your way to a nice wood stack. Of course it's just fiction for now until we have some pictures of those stacks.;)
  9. Ram 1500 with an axe...

    Ram 1500 with an axe... Minister of Fire

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    Glad to hear all are safe...
  10. ScotO

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    Glad to hear you are safe.....also glad to hear you got some good wood out of it!

    I guess in a way, firewood haorders out in the Midwest are kinda like those storm chasers.......they both get good wood from tornadoes!!

    :p:eek::rolleyes:;em
  11. Wingman

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    Thanks for the warm words.
    I have got my work cut out for me. I am planning on splitting by hand but my wife is pushing to me to borrow a splitter. I have split a good amount of the Oak and the Siberian jumps apart at the mear sight of the X27.
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    Loads of Siberian Elm, Oak, mulberry and Pignut that need to be split with American Elm, and Oak almost ready to go.
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    A mulberry and cherry conveniently laid down behind my stacks...
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    Another pile of Siberian and Oak.
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    A little bit of Silver maple to round it up.
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    This is the remnants of the Oak I will go back for.

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    The limb that took out two cars.[​IMG]
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    And a little surprise sitting in a robin's nest above my security light. Luckily I didn't walk out that door.
  12. ScotO

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    Wow, you definitely got hit pretty hard! lots of good wood out of that tornado, but the car damage (and the snake overhead) I could do without!
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  13. gzecc

    gzecc Minister of Fire

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    Siberian Elm is a dead ringer for Black locust from a far.
  14. Wingman

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    I will trade the Siberian for locust if anyone wants to!:)
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  15. midwestcoast

    midwestcoast Minister of Fire

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    The bark sure is, but the color of splits isn't close on my screen.
    Lots of work there for sure. I'm glad the work is mostly just wood gathering, splitting... & doesn't involve rebuilding your home.
    Hope the next twister gives your neighborhood a pass.
  16. Applesister

    Applesister Minister of Fire

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    I feel overwhelmed looking at all that. Its in the 90°s here though. But like everyone said, its a better work detail than house rebuilding. It all helps you to get ahead. Great firewood stash you will have.
  17. Ram 1500 with an axe...

    Ram 1500 with an axe... Minister of Fire

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    Aaaaaasaaahhhhhhhhhhh Snake........ What did you do with that thing?
  18. Woody Stover

    Woody Stover Minister of Fire

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    Train it to keep rodents out of the stacks? ==c
  19. NortheastAl

    NortheastAl Minister of Fire

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    Makes a lotta sense to me.
  20. Ram 1500 with an axe...

    Ram 1500 with an axe... Minister of Fire

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    +2
  21. Wingman

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    I saw that an hour after the storm when I got home. After I took the picture I went up and help cleared the street and an hour later I came back and it was gone. I started thinking that will all the brush over the yard he could be hiding right underneath me. I have never seen a snake in my yard up till then so I don't know where it came from.

    As for grass, my yard is in for a long recovery. We had multiple lineman trucks, and pole hole diggers tearing it up. I have some major ruts to fill.
  22. Big Donnie Brasco

    Big Donnie Brasco Feeling the Heat

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    my Fiskar hand is TWITCHING at the sight of all that wood !!!!!!
  23. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    I think I am pretty happy living where I am where the snakes at least stay where they belong . . . on the ground.

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