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Wood stack toppled

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by PapaDave, Aug 26, 2013.

  1. PapaDave

    PapaDave Minister of Fire

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    Well, it happened again.
    I've been out moving wood for many days, and noticed one of the posts I put in the ground back in '08.
    Spruce, that I split down the middle. The stack I had moved was pushing opposite what remains, so now that support is gone and the post gave it up. Couldn't handle the stress.
    I had hoped it would hold until I could get to it, but ....well, it didn't.>>
    Not a big deal really, since that wood is slated for consumption this winter. I've just been wondering if I could get another year out of them. There were 2 left of 4.
    I'd say 5 years in the ground is pretty good.
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  2. Bster13

    Bster13 Minister of Fire

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    How tall are the stacks in the pic?
  3. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    Box stack the ends- problem solved!
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  4. PapaDave

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    5' tall, 16' wide.
    I don't cross/box stack AP. :p
    I'll put more posts in the ground.
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  5. Adios Pantalones

    Adios Pantalones Minister of Fire

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    I may have to start my own sect- we need more things to divide us.

    FreeStanders Unite! Let's rise up and smite the Leaner scum!

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  6. PapaDave

    PapaDave Minister of Fire

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    Dang freestanders.
    Stay on your own side of the stacks.
    Post Stackers Untie. (oops)
    ETA: Arhg. sharpen yer battle splits, mateys.
    The enemy is near, and it is us.
  7. thewoodlands

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    It's the curse of the SAV, he mentioned to me when he was up at our place that people who stack with post holding up the ends lack LOFT.

    Lack
    Of
    Focking
    Talent :oops:
  8. PapaDave

    PapaDave Minister of Fire

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    !!!
    If that's true, then there are plenty of pretty LOFTy folks here.
    To quote Quigley, "Said I didn't have much use for 'em, never said I didn't know how to use 'em".
  9. thewoodlands

    thewoodlands Minister of Fire

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    I belong to the LOFT Club, would you like a membership card?
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    Im not one to be the grammar guy, usually Im getting hammered for my own lack of grammar!lol But you just said he Lacks LOFT.... that means using posts is a indicator of talent:cool: !

    Way to go!!!
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  11. PapaDave

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    Thank you Augie.
    I noticed that too, but there aren't enough hours in the day to corrct everything.
    Jeez, see what I mean.:cool:
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    Time for the T-posts!
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    Don't say the "T" word around Backwoods!
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    I know. It was a bit of heresy for me to mention it. Just wanted to see how long it took for a response. LOL.
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    Dangit, Dave....don't make me come out there and force you to box (or cross-tie, as I call it) your ends......get rid of them damm T-posts...
    Sav is gonna kick yer butt when he sees this......!!!<>
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    I feel like you guys who are felling trees or at least get logs delivered have the luxury to cut your rounds to length and thus have an easier time getting uniform stacks and boxed ends. I guess I have to do a better job of saving uniform pieces for the ends as I come across them, but then never feel all that sturdy (though some have made it since Nov 2012)
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    Sorry to see this Dave but you might as well know it now. Sometimes Mother Nature gets a bit ticked off when you use things like posts to hold up that nice wood she has provided for you. It's not nice trying to fool Mother Nature.

    Ban T-posts! (But they are okay to use when building fences.)
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  19. PapaDave

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    Ok, I've said this before.
    I can sink a post in the ground in less than 5 minutes, 2.5-3' deep and backfill.Then, I'm gooder for at least 5 years.
    When doing the cross-stacking, it takes (seems to anyway) at least that long for each end of a stack. Every year.
    It's funny that when I took those pics this morning, I also made a video. It went sideways (literally), so I deleted it. I made a comment on how Dennis would have a fit if he saw the posts. :mad:
    He knows about 'em. He's seen the pictures for the past few years.
    I'm just happy the wood sits back there in the sun and wind and dries very well in !!! 2 years or so.;lol Oak.!!!
    Blasphemous, I know.
    Maybe I'll do a stack that's nothing but cross-stacked. It'll be good practice.;)
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    Not t-posts...not T-posts. Logs, or half logs in this instance.:p
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    Once you get the hang of it you won't notice it slowing down the stacking at all. I've not been a fan of cross stacking the whole stack though; just the ends.
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    Hey, PapaDave, wish I had the open land to have nice long stacks like that. They look great, and I'm jealous.
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    Dave if you really like your t-posts just get some pressure treated wood and cement them in the ground..;lol
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    I never had an end post fail, NEVER......

    CUZ I DON'T USE 'EM ::-)

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    Dave, when I click on a 'stack crash' thread, I want to see wood scattered all over the place, not a couple of rounds that could be picked up in a minute or two. What, did you clean up the mess already?? ==c

    Now, this is a crashed stack. ;lol
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    I cheat 'em and it doesn't take too long. I'll stack a couple layers the regular way, then cross two or three splits. I keep doing that every third layer or so and they seem to stay stable, and the end of the stack is more or less vertical. I'll try to dig up a pic....
    I'm stacking in double rows on pallets now, and none of those have crashed, only the single rows where the base wasn't too stable....one side sank into the soil ( not real firm in the woods.)

    We stacked some Silver Maple last weekend, and I cross-stacked three starting out because that wood was the wettest and I want to see if it dries faster with more air blowing through. I was still able to keep up with two people running the splitter, so no big deal if it took a little longer. I also didn't make too much of an effort to make 'em nice and straight, since I was just stacking what was coming at me, not making flat slabs. We'll see how long they last....
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