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Wood ID please

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Bigcube, Apr 26, 2009.

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  1. Bigcube

    Bigcube Member

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    Anyone got a clue? It split's awful, very stringy and the grain is not straight.
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    I was playing with a new camera and a new toy :cheese:
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    One more pic, the start of my wood shed.
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  2. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa Minister of Fire

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    I'm guessing it's Birch. Did you buy, borrow, rent, or steal the splitter? Is that a SpeeCo?
  3. Bigcube

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    It could be birch, it was nasty and stringy I know that much. It will give me great pleasure to burn it.

    I bought, it's a Huskee 22T. I need to get in a mode where I split a bunch and stack a bunch. Otherwise I'm never going to get this done. My hands can't take the hand splitting.
  4. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa Minister of Fire

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    Ja, every now and then you came across a Birch with a curly or twisted grain. Can be a sumbitch to split. I used to curse them before I got my splitter. In fact, it was a truckload of gnarly Birch that sent me shopping for my splitter. Then I discovered Elm.
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    Shipper50 Minister of Fire

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    One suggestion, buy a cradle for it. I got mine off ebay and it works well. Also, keep an EYE out for bolts that loosen on their own.

    Shipper
  6. Bigcube

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    What's a cradle?
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    Shipper50 Minister of Fire

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    Some might call it a cradle or a table. Look at the picture of what I am talking about. Saves your back a ton.

    Shipper

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  8. WOODBUTCHER

    WOODBUTCHER Minister of Fire

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    Does it smell like Birch Beer?(no pun intended)
    When I split that stuff it makes me thirsty.
    I split some in late Jan and some of it was pretty twisted.......didnt have one half round that was straight......the same goes for Cherry and red maple around here "twisted"
    I always grab for birch during the day to revive the fire......catches really good.
    It makes great kindling too.

    WB
  9. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa Minister of Fire

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    I like using half-round splits to cross-pile the row ends and was hard pressed to find any that didn't wobble badly. I ended up stuffing little shims everywhere.
  10. Bigcube

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    So for I have only used it in vertical mode. I can see how it would help in horizontal. Thanks for the pic.
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    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    I would gues birch as well never seen it before but has some details like river birch
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