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When the rounds get too big to lift...

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

  1. KaptJaq

    KaptJaq Minister of Fire

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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.

    KaptJaq

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  2. TimJ

    TimJ Minister of Fire

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    and it worked
  3. onetracker

    onetracker Minister of Fire

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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
  4. KaptJaq

    KaptJaq Minister of Fire

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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..

    KaptJaq
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  5. weatherguy

    weatherguy Minister of Fire

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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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  6. Boom Stick

    Boom Stick Feeling the Heat

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    I wish I were with you right now. get some!
  7. bogydave

    bogydave Minister of Fire

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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 ?
  8. KaptJaq

    KaptJaq Minister of Fire

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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...

    KaptJaq
  9. Gasifier

    Gasifier Minister of Fire

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    Nice score Kapt! Keep up the good work. Nice to get some benefit from something like that big storm.
  10. BIGDADDY

    BIGDADDY Feeling the Heat

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    Oh man love the oak. Keep scarfing it up while you can.
  11. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

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    Those big rounds are very easy to split. Oak is a great wood to work with.
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  12. basswidow

    basswidow Minister of Fire

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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!
  13. cygnus

    cygnus Feeling the Heat

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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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