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Using Bark and Splitting Leftovers

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by WarmGuy, Oct 31, 2013.

  1. WarmGuy

    WarmGuy Feeling the Heat

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    After splitting about 7 quarts of wood, I have lots of little pieces of bark and other leftovers. Sometimes I load up paper bags with these things and burn them. Any other ideas for making use of this stuff ?

    Thanks.

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  2. new_wood

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    I save the larger pieces of bark and other leftovers in a can and use when starting fires.
  3. Brewmonster

    Brewmonster Burning Hunk

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    Quarts??
  4. Augie

    Augie Feeling the Heat

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    Mine goes into the compost pile. with a little Urea during the year It will be broken down into great soil by the following year for my maters.
  5. USMC80

    USMC80 Minister of Fire

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    split so much this year (about 13 cord) that I have tons of bark, small kindling and cookies left. Its really all i've been burning for the shoulder season. Haven't even broken into my stacks yet really. I also use a lot for cold startups or if there is a little coal bed left. Just throw it right on
  6. lml999

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    If you used small bags, you could hand them out for Halloween. :)
  7. red oak

    red oak Minister of Fire

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    At least he didn't say face quarts :)

    And I use the bark for kindling/firestarter. I collect a few boxes and let it dry out - it does fine for that.
  8. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    For sure you meant cord of wood. My wife usually picks up the pieces after splitting. As for the bark, if we use it, then it goes into low spots in some of the trails in the woods. You can burn the bark if you like but you get lots of smoke and ashes for a little bit of heat. On the other hand, those tiny pieces you get, let them dry before you bad them and then you can use them as kindling wood.
  9. Nico1986

    Nico1986 New Member

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    I like to use the splits scrap for kindling usually pack a couple garbage pails of it or some plastic tubs and leave it on deck. I've burnt the bark in past and still do when it's not that cold out. And also have used it for compost the bark breaks down fairly quick and give u a nice soil for ur garden.
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  10. My Oslo heats my home

    My Oslo heats my home Minister of Fire

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    The bark goes bye bye when I cut and split. I have no real use for it as a by product. I will however keep all the wood, use it for shoulder burning. Scraps, shorts and uglies will make the stove this month and next. This year I had my highest amount of collected wood scraps, 3 pallets, 3 ft high.
  11. Charles1981

    Charles1981 Minister of Fire

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    I throw it all on a huge tarp, drag it into my pole barn, and then use it to start fires.
  12. osagebow

    osagebow Minister of Fire

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    I split on a old 6x6 rug and have the boys fill up buckets with good kindling. I use the bark and the rest for mulch.
  13. Paulywalnut

    Paulywalnut Minister of Fire

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    Bark goes to the landscape salvage dump. Ugs and cookies I stack on a stone wall on my property.
    They season a little quicker there. Great for early season burning. Pain to store though really. Hate to
    just chuck them.
  14. PDXpyro

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    Saw a local CL firewood ad about a week ago in which the prospective seller was referring to "pints" of wood, and used the term three times in the ad! Wish I'd saved it...

    I can decipher the likely meaning of a "quart," but pint still has me, er, stumped.
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  15. MrWhoopee

    MrWhoopee Minister of Fire

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    I see you're in Northern California, so I have to ask what kind of bark?

    For general splitter debris and dribblings:
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    If it's Doug Fir bark, try this:
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    Doug fir bark makes a great, hot barbeque. Burn it down just like hardwood or briquettes, once the flame is out, your ready. No flavor, just lots of heat.
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  16. Bigg_Redd

    Bigg_Redd Minister of Fire

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    1) compost it

    2) burn it (inside or out)

    3) rake it out thin and smooth and let nature take it's course

    4) leave it were it lies

    5) meh
  17. PA Fire Bug

    PA Fire Bug Feeling the Heat

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    I use it for mulch. It lasts much longer than typical mulch which as been ground into smaller pieces.
  18. Brewmonster

    Brewmonster Burning Hunk

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    Another vote for mulch.
  19. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    Some splitting scraps I'll bag up and use . . . either in the fire pit to get things going or I'll save it for kindling in the woodstove later on.

    Bark . . . typically whatever drops off is left there on the ground whether it be while splitting or moving it from the drying stacks to the woodshed . . . I figure it will just help nourish the soil and perhaps help to keep down the grass near the stacks and in my work area. That said, I don't go out of my way to peel it off either.
  20. Applesister

    Applesister Minister of Fire

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    My vote is for saving scraps. Rake up the peelings and bark chunks and wood slivers. stored in cardboard boxes and used for kindling.
    Small limbs(twigs) get chipped and mulched. They are spread on trails.
    Bug infested and diseased gets burned in a brush pile.
  21. HDRock

    HDRock Minister of Fire

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    I save some of the splitter scrap, I do not like screwing around with the bark, some bark stays laying in the splitting area, the rest goes by by ,burn it in the pit or throw it in the woods
  22. blades

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    Bark and punky stuff through the chipper for mulch and other assorted tiny stuff. larger stuff get used fior shoulder season.
  23. billb3

    billb3 Minister of Fire

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    Trail mulch.

    I figure I'm giving back for abusing the trail with the weight of the tractor.



    +1 with too much ash and too little heat for the effort.
  24. CTFIRE

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    I lay it down as ground cover and build my Holtzholdens on top of it. Makes a nice sepration between the ground and stack
  25. Bad Wolf

    Bad Wolf Minister of Fire

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    I usally clean up the spliting area into some trash cans. On days when I'm home and working around the yard or shop I'll wait until I have a good bed of coals and start throwing stuff in. It burns like a blast furnace but dosen't last long. As long as I'm already hanging around I figure I might as well get the BTUs that I've worked for. There have been days when I've rasied the tank temp from 135 to 175 and kept the house warm all on scraps. Its that much less wood I have to burn and I had to gather it up anyway.

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