When the rounds get too big to lift...

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by KaptJaq, Nov 16, 2012.

  1. KaptJaq

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    The on going saga of Sandy...

    Took all the small stuff near the house in this thread:

    http://www.hearth.com/talk/threads/before-and-after.94169/

    Now I'm at the trunk of the red oak that started it all. It was the tallest tree in the group and took out two others (and a road and a bunch of wires) on the way down.

    The rounds are just too heavy to lift by hand so:

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    I brought the maul, a sledge, and a couple of wedges to help.

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    and it worked
     
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    ...and if they're too big and gnarly to split with sledge and wedge....

    noodle a slot in one side and it'll split like a dream
     
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    With all the wood on the ground around here, if they are too gnarly they lie where they fell and wait for the town clean-up truck.

    This is a red oak. I am only taking the clean rounds. Even a 30" round that is 18" tall and clean, splits with a few whacks of the maul or one wedge..

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    I had a couple truckloads of those huge rounds, me and my brother split them with a sledge and wedge, hard work but the amount of wood I got was worth it, I probably should have noodled but didnt know any better at the time, now I have a splitter I would have brought to the site and used that.
    Nice score
     
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    I wish I were with you right now. get some!
     
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    Sweet to be a wood snob :) LOL
    Get all you can. Some premium wood you are stacking up.
    Glad allot of it will be put to good use.

    What's the biggest diameter round so far ?
     
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    Had to live through 11 days without power to get here. At least the wood stoves kept us warm. Now I've got all I can handle. You are welcome to all that is left on the street...

    Largest I've done so far is a about 32" x 30" (slightly oval). I've been cutting to 18" length. Those rounds get heavy...

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    Nice score Kapt! Keep up the good work. Nice to get some benefit from something like that big storm.
     
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    Oh man love the oak. Keep scarfing it up while you can.
     
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    Those big rounds are very easy to split. Oak is a great wood to work with.
     
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    Yeah - Use the sledge and wedge to pie cut those big rounds! Get all the oak you can and leave the ugly stuff. Theres just too much good stuff to be had - to waste time on the ugly stuff.

    It's killing me - I am moving in 1 month and I can't scrounge...... If I was staying put - I'd be 10 years ahead!
     
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    I always bring the fiskars SS on an
    Oak scrounge. If its curbside I like to leave a few splits for lucky passer-by. It's too much fun not too.
     
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