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Would you drive 30 mins for this free wood?

Post in 'The Wood Shed' started by Archer39, Feb 17, 2010.

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  1. daveswoodhauler

    daveswoodhauler Minister of Fire

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    I'd take it, but I don't think you have more than a cord there....abour 3/4's is my guess.

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  2. hareball

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    I'd be on that like stink on sh!t!!
  3. Archer39

    Archer39 Feeling the Heat

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    that is what i was thinking. I was figuring on getting it all on a pickup but i would just bring the trailer just in case.
  4. Fi-Q

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    It's free and only 1/2 hour away.... Get it !!
  5. rphurley

    rphurley Feeling the Heat

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    I drive 30 min. to work each day, and I'm basically 20 minutes away from anything else, so I'd do it without hesitation!
  6. firefighterjake

    firefighterjake Minister of Fire

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    It's hardwood . . . it's free . . . and it's an easy cut, load and go . . . I would do it.

    However, I think it's less than a cord of wood in that tree . . . but kind of hard to judge based solely on a 2D photo.
  7. mikepinto65

    mikepinto65 Minister of Fire

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    +1 On both
  8. Bubbavh

    Bubbavh Feeling the Heat

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    aaaaaa
    I'm just saying in my area wood is very plentyful and their is really no need to drive so far for it. Also your wood hauler would would need to be pretty big to make the trips worth while at an hour round trip I wouldn't want to make 5+ trips
  9. FireAnt

    FireAnt Minister of Fire

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    Warm up the truck, and saw... and GO GET IT!
  10. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

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    I have driven more than that for less.
  11. Lumber-Jack

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    I'd drive that far, but I don't know about all that plowing once you get there. :roll:
  12. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

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    I say leave the plow home and drive in the snow.
  13. FLINT

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    oh yeah, for sure.

    30 minutes is nothing. get that tree.

    and I'm with the later crowd - that tree isn't that huge. There is no way there is over a cord in that tree. I'd say 2-3 pickup loads, so yeah, maybe a cord, but no more.

    I'm also with wood duck - from the pic, it does look like Walnut. but who knows could be ash or poplar or cottonwood, or who knows what. but I'd drive a half hour for any down tree.
  14. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    I'll guess that tree from 36-42 in. at the base and thats enough to keep the rookies at home.
  15. mayhem

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    Make sure the guy knows you're going to probably scalp the hell out of whatever lawn is under that snow. No matter how you do it, you're either going to scalp the grass off or if you try to ride the plow up a few inches you'll probably dig your wheels into the ground a bit. If you have a snowblower, strap it into the truck and take your trailer...blow your way out to the tree, back the trailer in and cut the thing where it sits.

    Looks like good wood, 30 minutes is a short distance.
  16. JoeyD

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    I've gone more then 30 minutes for free wood but it was already bucked. If I had the time I would make the trip, but I don't believe that trunk is anywhere near 36". My guess would be 20-22" tops, if that. Not quite a cord there. Also did anyone guess black walnut?

    Still a nice score. Good luck!
  17. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    the door opening to the shed has to be 32-36 in. door.
  18. CrawfordCentury

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    Can't ID from the pic, though from what few walnuts I've seen, the shape seems consistent. Looks to be maybe 24" DBH. WAG is that there's .75 of a cord - +/- depending on what there is for limbs off camera.

    A few things to consider:

    1) as noted earlier, be wary of ripping up the lawn. Might get a cranky call come mud season.

    2) be very careful in selecting your cuts. Weight and stress might be on a few limbs touching the ground. Blowdowns can react in very unpredictable ways if you don't "think the tree through" right.

    3) Be mindful that once the weight of the crown and the upper trunk is removed, there's the possibility that the lower trunk might rise up on you and the rootball could settle back into the ground.


    Take care and stay safe!
  19. JoeyD

    JoeyD Minister of Fire

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    I mostly was going by the size of the foot prints on the ground near the tree. Its hard to tell how far back the shed is.

    Lets start a pool. :coolsmile:
  20. smokinj

    smokinj Minister of Fire

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    lets do I'll go 5 bucks on that
  21. Corriewf

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    If your looking at a cord, you are basically asking yourself if it's worth driving 30 minutes for 100-150 bucks worth fo wood. Hell, I will drive 30 minutes just to get to cut the stuff up. I like cutting! My chainsaw gets hungry and the snacks around here are not enough for it. You owe it to your chain saw, your wood stove, and McDonalds, to drive 30 minutes for that.
  22. JoeyD

    JoeyD Minister of Fire

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    I don't want to hijack this thread so I'll start a new one when I win to let you know when I'll be in Indiana to collect my winnings :p
  23. CrawfordCentury

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    Fair enough. I do think that the snow has a 'fluffing' effect on the trunk size - a kinda optickal illusion. Check out the section close to the rootball where there's a section of snow missing.
  24. Archer39

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    i have cut a few fall downs before and understand how dangerous they are but thanks for the heads up.

    I am still not sure if i want to drive in the yard or not. I am going to bring the wheelbarrow just in case. I am going to decide after i get a feel for the guy. According to the owner it is 24" in diameter so we will see. I am going tomorrow morning and will post pictures when i get home.
  25. Archer39

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    no need to worry about hijacking the thread i certainly don't care.
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