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Where I found wood this year... and my first adventures in woodburning! lol

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by boogieman, Oct 3, 2008.

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  1. boogieman

    boogieman New Member

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    Well, just thought I would let you guys know about my adventures in wood burning. I bought a Magnolia stove (us stove company). I got my selkirk pro vent chimney installed and their double wall stove pipe. That was quite fun playing around in my dusty hot 1890's built attic full of blown insulation! Then, once it was all installed to specs I decided it was time to find wood. I guess I got my cart ahead of the horses, since mid September really doesn't give wood much time to season. I planned on burning slabs (sawmill ends and pieces). They would be good and dry, but real thin stuff. Then...

    We got to talking after church and it turns out my pastor had some trees logged about a year and a half ago. He farms for a living and the wood was basically just taking up pasture. Turns out we got all sorts of oak (burr oak and white oak) tops, some really huge (like 3 ft diameter pieces before the huge limbs). There is a lot of hickory tops also, perfect size with minimal splitting required to fit in the stove. We have started working in one section (about 2 city blocks) and already have 3 trailer loads and 4 truck loads of wood. If I were to guess I would say it is about 3 cords so far but we haven't even put a dent in all the wood that's there. We (my father and I) are both cutting and going to each get half of the wood. He is great at sawing and general logging type stuff. He used to work with a logger friend in colorado in the 80's with all the big equipment and such, also on his own cut hedge posts for fence and sold firewood for probably 20 years. He got out of cutting wood due to health reasons, but he is doing better now and I can tell he is really enjoying cutting and getting out there again.

    I found out my new saw takes some getting used to. Its a Husqvarna 359 model. I had a few friends using huskys and I decided to get the big boy. I am slowly working up my arm muscles lol. After about a week they don't hurt much anymore. Dad is using a Poulan 3300 Timbermaster saw.

    I had lit about 4 or 5 small fires with dimensional lumber scraps and such. Last night I lit the first regular wood fire and it did great. I was glad, as it was 42 deg f. this morning. I came home from work and the stove was still warm to the touch, dug around a bit in the ashes and found live coals about the size of golf balls. I was glad, I figured I would have to re-light it every morning. Now I know I won't since I had coals that long!

    Anyways, I better go, time to stack 1 more pickup load that dad cut today while I was at work today!

    This wood stuff is fun :)

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  2. billb3

    billb3 Minister of Fire

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    Will it be 42 degrees F every morning ?
  3. jbroich

    jbroich New Member

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    Nice post, boogieman. Congratulations on the wood. And nice that you found healthy coals.. sure makes it easy.
  4. savageactor7

    savageactor7 Minister of Fire

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    good wood score...they say oak takes a couple years to season, here's hoping you can get a couple of years ahead with the downed wood your pastor has laying around.
  5. boogieman

    boogieman New Member

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    It has been around 50 in the morning now, I suppose it was just a few colder days. It will get much colder though. I have split around 1/3 of a chord of the big stuff now. I only have around a dozen pieces left to split (till we cut more this week). About half of them are real gnarly ones, so that will be real fun. I may just save up the bad ones and rent a splitter for a few hours.

    I am hoping I can get several years wood ahead. Problem is storage around here. The town I live in has termites pretty bad, so I will have to keep the wood off the ground. I was thinking some PVC pipes or poles stuck through some cement blocks.
  6. gzecc

    gzecc Minister of Fire

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    I know the feeling. I once was given about a cord of oak from a wood shed that was stored for 5 years. They were taking down the shed so wanted the wood gone. It is almost too dry!
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