Don't have wood? Start working at it now!

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webfish

Hearth.com LLC
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Oct 18, 2013
1,504
Minnesota
I wanted to replace my zero clearance in January 2014. Couldn't do it at that time. I started collecting and splitting wood instead.

Here is my first pile in April 2014. I was not ready!!

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I took out my insert and installed a freestanding stove in May, 2016. https://www.hearth.com/talk/threads/my-journey-from-zero-clearance-to-freestanding-wood-stove.155497/


But here are my stacks now. Craigslists, scrounging, neighbors, etc...Didn't pay for any.

Around 11-12 cord. Stick with it. It is addicting.


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dafattkidd

Minister of Fire
Dec 11, 2007
1,764
Long Island
Wow. Talk about delayed gratification! Great job. This will be a fun winter for you.
 

BenTN

Feeling the Heat
Aug 30, 2015
345
East TN
awesome stacks. that area looks a lot like the town where i was born, Fergus Falls. you anywhere close?
 

excessads

Burning Hunk
Feb 16, 2016
203
Garden State
"Craigslists, scrounging, neighbors, etc...Didn't pay for any......It is addicting"

My other half is forbidding me to horde more than 2 cords (we are surburban recreation weekend/occasionally weeknight burners). I have 1.5 cord ash splitted early spring and another growing pile of oak and maple getting ready for next year. That's all I can think about, craiglisting for free wood within 30 miles radius, I can't stop nor do I want to.....
 
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firefighterjake

Minister of Fire
Jul 22, 2008
19,053
Unity/Bangor, Maine
Methinks that unlike some newbies burning this year you will be quite happy and wondering why they are complaining about a) the glass gunking up, b) wood that just will not ignite very well, c) a stove that doesn't seem to be putting out any heat and d) a chimney that is chocker blocker full of creosote.
 
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Dobish

Minister of Fire
Oct 26, 2015
1,993
Golden CO
i'm trying to convince my wife that we need a tractor, so that I can move wood and terrace the yard so I can stack wood.... i actually wish I had kept more of what I got rid of when clearing a bunch of stuff, now that I know what I know. I threw out perfectly good wood just to get it out of the way. It was a lot of elm and boxelder that was pretty leafy... i got a little sick of cutting down pieces that were 1" diameter. I'm hoping that by next year, I will be pretty far ahead....
 

excessads

Burning Hunk
Feb 16, 2016
203
Garden State
"Craigslists, scrounging, neighbors, etc...Didn't pay for any......It is addicting"

My other half is forbidding me to horde more than 2 cords (we are surburban recreation weekend/occasionally weeknight burners). I have 1.5 cord ash splitted early spring and another growing pile of oak and maple getting ready for next year. That's all I can think about, craiglisting for free wood within 30 miles radius, I can't stop nor do I want to.....
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So...Craigslist ad was up at 2:15, I was there 3:15 loading 1/3 cord in my car, 4:15 finished stacking and tarping. Must collect more wood....

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CheapBassTurd

Minister of Fire
Jan 4, 2016
515
Indiana/ Michigan border
That's just funny cuz I'm a 12 stepper (alcohol) and it actually does relate in positive ways.

"If a little is good, more is better" mentality.
Making sure there is supply for the next morning.
Daydreaming about it.
Using the finest stove (champagne) compared to my #2421 (vodka) to feel better about ourselves.
Something feels like it's missing when not doing it.
Makes us fast friends with kids and animals.
Keeping an eye out constantly for a great deal on a large amount because you know you'll get it anyway.
Having a few year supply makes us feel giddy and more secure.
Comparing our own patterns to the M.O. of other stovers.
That feeling when the warmth first hits.
Creosote would compare to organ damage. (oh, no, but I want to keep going anyway)

Scary, huh?? LOLOL

In summer, having friends over usually involves a campfire.

(quit da drinkies in 2007)


As soon as we bought the stove, weeks before install I started collecting/scrounging/ splitting.
It hasn't stopped since. Been collecting and processing all spring and summer getting ahead
further and further and further, etc. etc.
 
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Wawa Coffee

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Jul 24, 2016
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That's just funny cuz I'm a 12 stepper (alcohol) and it actually does relate in positive ways.

"If a little is good, more is better" mentality.
Making sure there is supply for the next morning.
Daydreaming about it.
Using the finest stove (champagne) compared to my #2421 (vodka) to feel better about ourselves.
Something feels like it's missing when not doing it.
Makes us fast friends with kids and animals.
Keeping an eye out constantly for a great deal on a large amount because you know you'll get it anyway.
Having a few year supply makes us feel giddy and more secure.
Comparing our own patterns to the M.O. of other stovers.
That feeling when the warmth first hits.
Creosote would compare to organ damage. (oh, no, but I want to keep going anyway)

Scary, huh?? LOLOL

In summer, having friends over usually involves a campfire.

(quit da drinkies in 2007)


As soon as we bought the stove, weeks before install I started collecting/scrounging/ splitting.
It hasn't stopped since. Been collecting and processing all spring and summer getting ahead
further and further and further, etc. etc.
As a guy I work with told me the other day, you may have the single most productive habit around.

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BrotherBart

Modestorator
Staff member
At least now he won't have to listen to at least one mod >> pick at him in the mod room about when he is gonna get a stove anymore.

But he has me totally ass kicked wood supply wise.
 
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HisTreeNut

Minister of Fire
Nov 3, 2014
1,071
Burnsville, NC
I know all about the scrounging urge. Some friends of ours have an oak tree they are taking down. The wife has already told me that one weekend, I will be renting a splitter because apparently it is a very large oak. Not sure where I will be stacking it, but that to me is a good problem to have. Between my 2 piles, I have about 12-15 cord of wood.
I will see if I can get some pictures soon of the potential scrounge...as we all know, picts or it did not happen.
 
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CheapBassTurd

Minister of Fire
Jan 4, 2016
515
Indiana/ Michigan border
Great. I'm a topic of discussion? (don't tell me if so.) LOL

Gonna keep Wilbur (potbellied pig). He's been fixed as per ASPCA.
Tight with excellent updraft fire or not.
Maybe it's the bold font and oddball color choices.
Providing 5 plates of supper trumps buying stuff until back on the job.
Thanx fer not kicking me out at least,

LosCheaposMarcos
 
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Babaganoosh

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2014
713
NJ
I've scrounge all my wood for the past 2 years. All in all about 8 cords. I've got 5 ready to go for this winter and next. I'd like to kick it up a notch now that it's cooler out and start hitting craigslist hard. I was too tired and beat up the other day from work to hitch the trailer and go get a few guaranteed loads of maple that were about 15 to 20 minutes away. I regret it now but I know it was too much for the day.
 
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