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Well I've been busy... (pic heavy)

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by jeffesonm, Apr 22, 2013.

  1. jeffesonm

    jeffesonm Feeling the Heat

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    This year was my first year burning. Fortunately I had about 2 cords of various wood C/S/S from trees down over the past few years so it wasn't too bad, but I wanted to get ahead of the game. I was too busy scrounging/cutting/splitting/stacking to post much on here, so here's what I've been up to...

    I lucked out with Sandy and lost just one tree, a small mostly standing dead locust nowhere near the house. The lady next door lost about 5 huge oaks, two good sized beech, an ash and a small maple. She is a bit older and converted to a gas fireplace so it's all mine for the taking! Not 200 yards from my house, accessible by pickup and back in the woods where no one else goes...

    One of the oaks...

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    A few more oaks...

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    And the beech trees...

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    Bringing back the beech...

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    The oak I started to stack in the woods... figured no reason to move it twice, plus I'm seriously running out of space up by the house.

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    While slowly working on those oaks I found a CraigsList ad for a guy wanting two smaller apple trees cut up. Turns out they were also taken out by Sandy and he had already cut off all the small branches with his electric chainsaw and just needed someone to finish the job. They were right next to his driveway so easy pickins.

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    Back to the homestead ready to be split.

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    Not long after I came across another CL ad for a guy who had a big ash tree down in his backyard. Well turned out it was a big old black walnut... felt kind of bad cutting it up, someone probably should have made it into lumber or turning blanks. But oh well, into the stacks it goes...

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    And then there was an ad on CraigsList for someone about 5 miles from my house who had a bunch of trees down on their property and just wanted someone to help cut up the wood. Well it turns out there were probably 20 ash trees of various sizes and I could back the truck up right next to them, and in one case, right under one! So every few days I'd go back over and fill up another pickup load. Caretaker said I could just leave the small branches and he'd push them into the woods with the tractor.

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    Doesn't get much easier than that!


    Guy also had a few smaller cherries and a locust or two I helped myself too.

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    And so here are the fruits of my labor. First, an aerial shot from the roof of the stacks up near the house. Got some epdm rubber roofing for the tops of the stacks and my mini wood shed on the right there. Wooden thing is the jig for cutting the old stuff down to stove size. Still working down that pile of ash rounds.

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    Ash in progress.

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    In the stacks.

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    Out towards the back... my little logging path in the middle and if you look close you can see some stacks out in the woods. Lots of shade but I'm on the top of a hill so I do get some good wind through here.

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    A better shot of the oak stacks out in the woods.

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    Tried to do a panoramic with my phone, but they're spread across such a wide area it's hard to get them all.

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    Based on this first year I think I'll burn about 2-3 cords per year. I figure all this ash and cherry should hold me over for a few years until all that oak out back dries out. I think between the stuff by the house and the stuff in the woods I've got to have 10+ cords, not counting the special delivery I got today. My better half is starting to worry about this obsession hobby but then I reminder of the 600 gallons of oil we didn't burn this winter :)

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  2. paul bunion

    paul bunion Minister of Fire

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    Got your self a bunch of nice looking stacks of wood there. Not buring 600 gallons of oil is a huge savings. Small word of advice, stacks against trees have a way of falling over if the wind starts pushing the trees around.
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  3. Beer Belly

    Beer Belly Minister of Fire

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    HOLY CRAP !
  4. lumbering on

    lumbering on Feeling the Heat

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    Very impressive.
  5. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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    I'd say the soccer Scoooore! but would run out of room for the post :)
    You've been busy.
    Feels good to be 3+ years ahead , eh?

    Now what are you gonna do? Hope you don't have withdraws ?
    Looks like a little cutting out there to do yet ;)

    Great pictures
    Very nice set up
  6. Seanm

    Seanm Feeling the Heat

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    Thanks for posting the pics, very enjoyable to view. I love the tree over your truck box. Man you must have been grinning bucking that one up. Were you able to keep backing the truck up as you dropped rounds into the bed?
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  7. blacktail

    blacktail Minister of Fire

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    That beech sure is pretty wood.
  8. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    It may be wrong to say so . . . but you have some great looking wood there.
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  9. jeffesonm

    jeffesonm Feeling the Heat

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    I think the stove will have paid for itself in the first year. Next year will cover the chainsaws and chimney liner and then I'll be in the plus column. I did have one long stack between two trees fall already, so I've been been more careful about making sure the base is level and not stacking them so high or spanning such a big distance between trees.
    Well can't let the gas in the saw go bad so I'm sure I'll keep cutting There is one big oak left next door to cut, and I still have a bunch to split and stack back there. Also a standing dead locust in the front yard I should probably take down before it takes itself down somewhere I don't want.
    Huge grin on my face, and yup, just kept backing it up. Figured no one but you guys could really appreciate that.
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  10. PapaDave

    PapaDave Minister of Fire

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    Jeff, when I began reading, my first thought was that this would make you a prime candidate for the "You Suck" club.
    By the time I finished reading, you're a shoo-in.
    So, officially, you suck. It's a term of endearment. We love ya', man.:cool:
    Nice scores, and a good plan. When you get more, post the pics, please.
    This is the stuff that doesn't get old or boring.
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  11. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

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    Very nice work.
  12. USMC80

    USMC80 Minister of Fire

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    Great pics! You've been hard at work for sure.
  13. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

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    I just spit my coffee out after reading the U Suck club remark.!!!
  14. Woody Stover

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    Super scores, and great work. :cool:
    Keep an eye on those stacks in the woods; When the wind comes up and the trees start blowing around....
  15. PapaDave

    PapaDave Minister of Fire

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    zap, many here belong to that club. It's meant in jest.
    If I offended, I apologize.
  16. jeffesonm

    jeffesonm Feeling the Heat

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    No offense taken, all in good fun.
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  17. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

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    No, I knew what you meant. What would NH say, Cheers.
  18. ChrisNJ

    ChrisNJ Feeling the Heat

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    Geez your a wood processing madman, looks great, and I would love to get some of that Beech, how does it split? Smooth I am thinking.
  19. Jags

    Jags Moderate Moderator Staff Member

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    Man - looks like you have this wood get'in thing figured out. Nice job.
  20. jeffesonm

    jeffesonm Feeling the Heat

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    Cat is enjoying the new stove too..

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  21. TimJ

    TimJ Minister of Fire

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    jeffesonm, you got er done and your gettin er done
    good job
  22. Applesister

    Applesister Minister of Fire

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    Great pics, Jeff, thanks for sharing! the panoramic shot shows a really nice looking woodlot. And a great view. Looks like all hand split. I like seeing the stacks in the woods, it seems to have an old world fairy tale charm.
    I paid 3.90 gallon so at my cost for fuel 600 gallons @ 3.90 = 2340.00 in savings.
    Great looking pickup truck too!
  23. Blue2ndaries

    Blue2ndaries Minister of Fire

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    Wow, that's some nice work. Will definitely pay dividends in years to come, not to mention peace-o-mind knowing you are ahead.
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    Ahhh, blessed heat! ==c
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    Jeff, those pictures really tell some stories. I too admired how you backed that truck right under the ash. Nice touch! I also like the woods because it appears you don't have a lot of low brush to contend with so easy to get to the wood.

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