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ValleyCottageSplitter

Feeling the Heat
Dec 11, 2016
493
Rockland Co, NY
I got a major score starting last week off Craigslist! There was a post about lots of hardwood available. Got the address and it was only 5mi from my work. Showed up and they were clear cutting 1/2 acre of mostly oak and beech!

I first picked up the beech they started. I came back the next day they took down about 8 red oak, white oak, and chestnut oak trees. For two days I was cherry picking out the best 16-18" long white and chesnut oak logs to fill up my tacoma LB. I came back on Friday and they just took down a 36" dbh white oak but not bucked. I picked out another 1/2 load of WO. I came back yesterday and they had taked down 5 or 6 more. Grabbed a full load of chestnut (so much easier to split than white!) and had to say farewell.
My storage is way overfilled. I scrambled and got 5 more pallets, but I need them double stacked. The first 2.5 loads were split last weekend. I'm cutting them about 2x2" and crib stacking them so I might be able to start using a little by the end of the winter.

There is still tons of wood left. I did not start on any of the red oak. There is probably more than a cord piled up by the road/driveway and at least one more cord on the ground. They are still taking down more. They are mostly red oak, some WO, some beech, some B Birch? (no positive ID), some red maple. They said there is some hickory but I was not able to ID any. The pic attached has grown about 50% and there is another by the driveway about the same size. By the driveway there is are some logs that have shallow 'x' bark (brown x-section), with yellowish/greyish heartwood, smelled kind of fruity. No leaves with it so couldn't ID that either and skipped it for more WO.

PM and I can get you the contact. Located in New Canaan, CT. Bring your trailer and help clear out this nice hardwood!
 
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ValleyCottageSplitter

Feeling the Heat
Dec 11, 2016
493
Rockland Co, NY
Pics attached: 4 bed loads (you might notice a few maples snuck in there), 2 bed loads of WO splits, one of the remaining piles.
 

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splions

Member
Jul 19, 2008
77
Western R.I.
Thanks for the heads up...wish I was closer
 

Ctwoodtick

Minister of Fire
Jun 5, 2015
1,562
Southeast CT
Same here. Thanks for the heads up though. Hope you can grab a ton of it
 

HisTreeNut

Minister of Fire
Nov 3, 2014
1,078
Burnsville, NC
Sweetness on that score! ! !
 

ValleyCottageSplitter

Feeling the Heat
Dec 11, 2016
493
Rockland Co, NY
Same here. Thanks for the heads up though. Hope you can grab a ton of it

About 2.5 tons to be exact ;)

I'm going to struggle to get everything split. I only managed to get away and get about 5 logs done today. They were the 3 nastiest ones though. I need to get all my maple and ash moved and split for this winter...Wish I could pick up more from the site...
 

kennyp2339

Minister of Fire
Feb 16, 2014
5,936
07462
Glad to see you found a good hook up. Fyi on stacking in the pick up, you can lay the 1st set of logs flat in the bed, then do a second stack with them standing up, this will keep them locked in while fitting more.
 

ValleyCottageSplitter

Feeling the Heat
Dec 11, 2016
493
Rockland Co, NY
Hey Kenny,

It wasn't about the space...its the payload. My Tacoma is rated at 1100lbs. I weighed it out with a load of norway maple. It was about ten 16"x18" logs, which leaves about 14" to the tailgate. With a full layer of oak I was probably overloaded by a few hundred pounds.

Looking at getting the Ridgeline this year which can hold 1600.

I finished the rest of the WO yesterday while the moms were watching HBO. With the beech it must be at least a cord. Should be around 5,600lbs of green wood. (A few more logs added since the pic, and there's 12 more beech logs to go)
 

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weatherguy

Minister of Fire
Feb 20, 2009
5,805
Central Mass
I broke a shock in my tacoma with a load of red oak.