Summertime Locust Festival

Simonkenton Posted By Simonkenton, Jun 21, 2019 at 3:50 PM

  1. Simonkenton

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    My brother's girlfriend had this tree go down in her yard 3 weeks ago. I don't have room for any more wood, but I just couldn't resist.
    I have whacked lots and lots of locust. The biggest I have ever cut was 12 inches at the base.
    This beast is 22 inches diameter at the base.




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    My brother splits 'em with the Ochsenkopf aluminum wedge, and the sledge hammer.
    This wood is pristine, no rot.


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    This is the finest load of firewood I ever have gotten, and I have gotten many, many loads.
    My brother also got a truck load out of this giant locust.
    Locust is hard to cut, even with a big chain saw. Very hard and dense.
    Takes much longer to cut than oak.
    21 percent moisture content.
     
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  2. ct01r

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    Nice haul! Anything special about the Ochsenkopf wedge? I tried looking it up but came up blank. I just use steel wedges of various sizes. Curt
     
  3. Simonkenton

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    That is an interesting question. I bought the Ochsenkopf four years ago from Baileys. They are a top provider of chain saw stuff.
    But, I see that now Baileys has quit selling them.
    It is a twisted wedge and as you drive it into the wood, it twists and is very effective at splitting the worst wood.

    However, I must say, I have used mine quite a bit and it has just begun to get a little crack on it. I think it is weird that they make this tool from aluminum and not steel. I suspect that Baileys quit selling them for a good reason.

    I got another one named the Wood Grenade, it is made of steel, it works great, works better than just a wedge, and is lots cheaper than the Ochsenkopf.
     
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  4. ct01r

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    Cool, thanks for the info! I wasn't too crazy about using aluminum, but I'll try looking for the steel version. Thanks again! Curt
     
  5. Simonkenton

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    Here is a wood grenade for fifteen bucks. Ochsenkopf is German for "Ox Head." This thing was invented by Krauts, I can't for the life of me figure out why they made it of aluminum.

    This wood grenade they say is forged iron, looks like steel to me. I have used mine a lot and it is holding up well.
    I think you will like the performance of the wood grenade better than a standard wedge.
     
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    Here it is, all split and stacked. Stack is 14 feet long, and 3 feet high. It is a lot more wood than what it looked like in the truck.
    Big stack of pristine locust, this is a beautiful thing.
     
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  7. heavy hammer

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    Nice score! I love getting a great solid score of locust.
     
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  8. Cluttermagnet

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    I have one of those wood grenades, and have always liked mine. It only comes
    out rarely when a round is trying to eat all my wedges. I have four wedges. This
    is my way of saying "OK, wood, now I'm serious!"

    Nice Locust score!
     
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  9. Ctwoodtick

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    Whoa, a couple of those big splits should make an excellent overnight burn on a cold night.
     
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