Husqvarna 550xp It's a 50cc saw.. at 10lbs and will cut anything. comes with an 18 and you can put a 20in on it. It's a pro saw with all of the benefits... easy to work on and less vibration.. its a 600 dollar saw.. well worth the money...You guys have been so helpful, thought I would ask for your opinions on a different but related subject. Chainsaws.
So, I would like to start cutting and splitting my own firewood this year. I have thirty acres up here in upstate NY with a lot of ash and maple trees. There’s a lot on the ground and don’t know how much of that is usable and I would fell only medium size trees.....for now. I want to start education myself on all this. I’ve been using a little 16” Poulan (POS) for the last two years for light property maintenance. I want something beefier, but not too much more. I am a professional musician and need to be careful that my hands don’t get overly stressed, so weight is an issue. The 15lb Poulan was easy to handle weight wise for extended periods and I can handle a little more easily. The Poulan seems to transfer a lot of vibration to the handles and I understand that some are better than others in that regard. Any thoughts/recommendations on any of the above would be very appreciated. Yes, I have chaps and my wife will make sure I wear them
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Actually ordered 2 cords last week. They won't deliver until closer to fall. I am going to pick up a moisture meter so I can spot check a few logs after they are dropped off.Buy the split seasoned wood now and get it stacked under top cover, because there is a 90% chance it is not fully seasoned.
Just a heads up.. if you wait till fall that will be to late and you'll be stuck with wet wood....DONT wait it's a big mistake..Actually ordered 2 cords last week. They won't deliver until closer to fall. I am going to pick up a moisture meter so I can spot check a few logs after they are dropped off.
I'd take stuff on the ground as long as it's not punky.. if your not sure I'd cut into the wood to see if it's bad. I take.stuff that's filled and on the ground all the time.Thanks a lot for the recommendations, I will check them out. Any rules of thumb Re trees/limbs already on the ground? I think I can recognize rotted wood or wood that is too old. Besides that, anything I should look look for so as not to waste time and energy with bad wood? Or, should I just not bother at all with limbs on the ground?
I had a small fire last night and again this morning.. I really enjoy sitting there relaxing by the stove.. its going to be a long 5 month waiting to burn again..I may have a small fire here and there still..it feels good to be back in the house with the stove going. I have been burning scrap lumber for the past few days so I still have about 1.5 cord of elm and boxelder that will most likely wait until next season! That also means that I am on wood gathering hiatus for another year or two (we still have about 10 cord CSS).
We moved a staircase and put some insulation in a previously uninsulated room, so we don't get as much heat transfer to the upstairs, which is ok by me. It hasn't been cold enough to really get the stove cranking, just smaller fires at night to take the chill off. I am hoping with the added insulation, we can get a bit more heat downstairs.
My wife was not happy about the pile of scrap wood piled in front of the house, so thanks to the handy ikea bags, they are easy to bring inside!
How has it been burning for you?Hi folks. Just jumping in to introduce myself. I am the proud owner of a new VC Dauntless, a nice sized stove for us here in western Oregon, which has mild winters in general. We were able to make a half dozen fires in March & April before the weather got too warm, but it sure was nice to sit by the stove and relax after a long day. My wife loves the style & finish of the Dauntless, which was a big selling point for her. I'm sorting out my wood supply ... thankfully I'm hooked up with a firewood club here in town that co-owns a bunch of tools and equipment and organizes splitting runs to keep everyone well stocked.
I appreciate all the insight and knowledge on this forum!