Wasting Firewood

Cutter Posted By Cutter, Oct 15, 2009 at 7:23 PM

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  1. Cutter

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    Feb 20, 2009
    Tecumseh Kansas
    I needed a new small mallet for some of my better chisels. So I decided to chuck up some hedge (Osage Orange) in the lathe and make one. After I was done, I thought that it was so pretty that I would waste some more wood. Next came the large maul head which I still have to turn a handle for. Then the smaller maul. The head weighs just under 6lbs. I thought that I would use it instead of a sledgehammer on falling wedges sense I just finished dressing them off after having them way too mushroomed and starting to split off little pieces of schrapnel.
    A bonus to my puttering around was that I swept up my turnings off the floor and mixed them up with some melted wax to make some fire starters. Once it gets cold and we are burning 24/7 we never need to start a fire. So I have enough startes to last a looooong time. FYI, a piece 1"X1.5"X2" burns for about 12 minutes. How does that compare with store bought ones?

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  2. crazy_dan

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    Dec 26, 2007
    I wouldn't call it a waste of fire wood.
    Personally I think misappropriation of fire wood would be more pleasing to the ears.
    I think you did a great job and since you did make the shavings in to fire starters at least most if the tree will wind up in the stove.
    I sure would have thought you could have got a little more out of 4 trees than 1 full mallet and 2 mallet heads ;-P
  3. kenny chaos

    kenny chaos
    Minister of Fire

    Apr 10, 2008
    Chisel what you need to chisel and toss them in the stove.
  4. CTburning

    New Member

    Nov 9, 2008
    Western CT
    That's not firewood, it's bow wood. Bois d arc
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