Somehow I've become the neighborhood tree guy. Someone in the neighborhood is getting a tree taken down, that wood is at my house a day or two later. Literally having just finished splitting the wood the tree service dropped off, one of our neighbors who walks her dog past our house every day let me know that a house on a street not far from me is taking down a 200 yr old oak tree and there is wood on the curb. I'm thinking, great, free firewood! I head over there, yeah there's a pile of branches and some rounds on the curb. I move the branches and began loading the rounds in my car. The homeowners come out and start talking with me, they ask me if I burn wood and would like some more oak. They show me the tree they are taking down. A 200 yr old oak, rotted in the middle, snapped in half and a large chunk of it smacked into their house and their roof. The rest of the tree, probably some 80 or so feet of it still standing, is being removed by the city since its tangled in power lines. They say that I can have as much oak as I want. The city is coming tomorrow to remove the tree but its up to the homeowners to clean up the wood. None of these people burn wood or have a wood burning stove/fireplace. They ask me if I have a chainsaw (I have 3). I tell them I'll come by in the evenings and help these guys take apart the tree and take as much as the tree as I can. They're on their own for the trunk base sections, which I estimate is over 3 ft in diameter and there's no way I'm trying to transport that in my Equinox. This is what I grabbed tonight, the entire tree is probably over 5 cords of wood in itself, I'll be happy if I get 2 to 3 cords from it.
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