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Posted By Trooper,
Jul 30, 2013 at 11:00 PM
Married , ya I did that, expensive, double expensive getting un-married
Thanks HD. I notice I always get a higher MC reading in the center of the split; I will use that reading as the 'true' reading.
I'll also turn the unsplit rounds on their sides to avoid the wicking.
What red oak said. Wow!
You have enough wood when.....
You hurt yourself and have to take a year off from processing, but you don't get stressed because you can catch up again next year.
And by catch up you mean get back ahead.
I was doing good a few years ago, was allmost 2 years ahead of the seasoning game and pushing for 3 yrs. Then I tweaked my back at work, foot slipped, stepped on a hydraulic oil stain, covered by a water puddle, on an epoxy coated concrete floor. Was stiff as heck for months, limited range of motion, muscle spazisms, etc. Took a good 2 years to feel completely normal again.
June '12 chest injury. GF's father helped me pressure wash the house. Me, GF, Dad & Gramma over for dinner. Running my mouth at the dinner table and choked on a chunk of steak. Luckily, Larry knew what to do, he is a retired CT State Trooper. About 8 heimlic maneuvers cleared the blockage. No broken ribs but my inner-costal cartledge was bruised / dislocated, 2 weeks off work, 2 more weeks light duty, couldn't lift more than 5 lbs for 3 months and could barely bend over to tie my shoes.
Those kinds of injuries are no fun when you like playing with big toys to get your exercise. TV and video games get REAL boring REAL fast.
That explains why every time I watch tv I am on this forum.
Trooper, I'm guessing you live in the more northern area of Arizona. For sure that state varies a lot in temperature, summer and winter. I remember several times being in Flagstaff and Keyenta and even Sedona and I about froze....in June. RAAM goes through there and I recall being woke up in Flagstaff and almost everyone was wearing winter coats....including me. The temperature was in the 30's. Of course during the daytime it went way up but nights, one needed heat.
Enough wood? Most of us can not fathom what that might mean.
Enough wood means I won't have to mow all summer.
Wife put her foot down.
She doesn't mind the volume. As long as I keep the stacks looking neat.
Her issue is the 20' by 10' by 6' high pile of unsplit rounds in the front yard.
As long as I can keep it neat, there is no such thing as too much wood.
If you weren't halfway across the country I'd come give you a hand.
Oh, and it was said to me that we had enough wood just about 3-4 years ago when I mentioned going out to cut more.
I cut more anyway because I knew better. We all stay warm in winter because of it.
I think she still loves me. Maybe it's the fire. Dunno.
Its a chicken and egg problem. There is no Wood Stack Fairy that comes and stacks it for you.
Plus, I'm sure Scotty would like to know: How does she expect you to advance in the Firewood haorders' Club if you can't have giant piles of rounds and splits in your front yard that are constantly being processed?
My wife has solved the problem by keeping the blinds closed for the windows that overlook my un-split round pile.
Welcome to your new lifestyle!
Give her time. She is gonna love wood heating.
You keep scrounging, you will become addicted like the rest of us.
Before you know it she will be scrounging with you and always on the lookout for wood for your family.
Give it time.
Someone, please get over to mustash's place, and hide all of his chainsaws and sharp tools!
Hi Dennis - you are right about the temperature variation here in Arizona. It is not uncommon in the winter for the national high and low to be in Arizona on the same day. My place is in the Tonto National Forest, about 20 miles east of Payson.
Answer the question with math. You need a cord per month to heat an average house. That means at least four cords per winter. You need to be three years ahead to relax, which means twelve cords. Your photos don't show anything close to twelve cords. You don't have enough wood yet.
Nice area Trooper. I have some fond memories from Arizona.
Very rational response Wood Duck, but obsessions don't get along with that type of thinking!
I have a couple of cords that were not shown in my pix, plus the dwelling I am heating is only part-time until I am done with this whole 'working for a living' business.