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Wood to long???

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Binny, Nov 11, 2012.

  1. Binny

    Binny New Member

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    What is the safest and time effective way to trim firewood. I have 3 cords of wood that is 6 inches to big! is there a method people have for trimming? Or is it not worth it>??

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  2. bluedogz

    bluedogz Minister of Fire

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    Nah... build a jig and start trimming.
  3. ikessky

    ikessky Minister of Fire

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    Every year I end up carrying more than a few loads up from the basement and into the garage so that I can cut them on the miter saw. Either that or I bring the sawzall down to the basement. The miter saw takes less time though.
  4. onetracker

    onetracker Minister of Fire

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    this is why its important to get the length right when bucking. if i'm scrounging rounds that are already cut and are too long, i'll shave off a cookie BEFORE splitting it!! before stacking it, before bringing it into the basement, before carrying it upstairs to the living room stove.
  5. burnt03

    burnt03 Burning Hunk

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    Someone on here built something like this that I copied:

    Built mine the same except with a plywood back sheet
  6. Elderthewelder

    Elderthewelder Minister of Fire

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    I do the same, I scrounge all my wood and it is usually to long for my small insert, So I fire up the 361 and start making cookies, I have come to find out those cookies season fast and burn real nice
  7. woodchip

    woodchip Minister of Fire

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    What length is it, and what length do you need the wood for the stove?

    Just wondering, because if you have wood that is, say 2ft long, and your stove takes 18", trimming 6" will be great.

    The short bits may well go perfectly in your stove N/S instead of E/W.

    You are not the first person to need to trim wood. I cut a load of wood before we got the stove, anticipating drying it a bit whilst we spent time choosing a stove.

    A whole load of it was the wrong length. By 2". So I cut it down by 5 " and used the offcuts N/S at one end.

    It all burned fine, and the stove never made a single complaint....... ;)
  8. weatherguy

    weatherguy Minister of Fire

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    I built a small one, but if you have to do 3 cords Id build it bigger

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  9. fabsroman

    fabsroman Minister of Fire

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    I have seen some guys stick the wood into a milk crate and cut a bunch at a time that way. Have seen others make jigs as shown above. Me, my dad just holds the log to be cut on a stump and I cut it. Those cut ends do burn really well. Been using them this shoulder season and they fire up real quick.
  10. Backwoods Savage

    Backwoods Savage Minister of Fire

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    I did just that this fall with some lumber cut-offs.

    Big thing though. Whether you use a jig or milk crate, I like to use a ratchet strap to hold the wood tight while cutting. This will make the work go better and it is safer too.

    Many on this forum have built jigs to do this task so a search might find lots of ideas.
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