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EODMSgt

Feeling the Heat
Dec 11, 2018
265
White Mountain Region, NH
It seems like everyone is in firewood mode in one way or another. I love it, I moved a couple dump loads of ash and on pickup load of locust last night with the tractor till dark. I'll get some pics tomorrow. Everyone nice stacks and firewood piles looks like many will be ready for the coming winters!
This past winter was not unreasonably cold, however it was very long so it made for one heck of a burning season. With snow on the ground for over 210 days and cold/rainy weather before and after, I used more firewood this past season than ever before. Now, with the shortened season of decent weather to recoup losses (if you count black flies, ticks and mosquitos as 'decent' weather), it's better to be proactive all summer so as to not be scrambling come next burning season. And the next season when you think about it, could start in just over three months for some of us.

Since I primarily utilize state and federal permits for dead & down, being proactive also allows me to be more selective about what I scrounge. I've only ever pulled hardwood however in years past when I've waited for cooler weather to collect timber, I haven't had the luxury of being too picky so I end up with a lot of uglies and PITA gnarly wood to split. All still good firewood but a lot more work. Right now I'm just focused on good, fresh, fairly straight downed trees.

Besides, the more I get done now, the more I can relax enjoy hunting season (hard to believe bear season is less than three months away now).
 
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SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
4,218
Downeast Maine
This past winter was not unreasonably cold, however it was very long so it made for one heck of a burning season. With snow on the ground for over 210 days and cold/rainy weather before and after, I used more firewood this past season than ever before. Now, with the shortened season of decent weather to recoup losses (if you count black flies, ticks and mosquitos as 'decent' weather), it's better to be proactive all summer so as to not be scrambling come next burning season. And the next season when you think about it, could start in just over three months for some of us.

Since I primarily utilize state and federal permits for dead & down, being proactive also allows me to be more selective about what I scrounge. I've only ever pulled hardwood however in years past when I've waited for cooler weather to collect timber, I haven't had the luxury of being too picky so I end up with a lot of uglies and PITA gnarly wood to split. All still good firewood but a lot more work. Right now I'm just focused on good, fresh, fairly straight downed trees.

Besides, the more I get done now, the more I can relax enjoy hunting season (hard to believe bear season is less than three months away now).
I'm just hoping I can cut enough soft woods that will season this year for next winter.
 

SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
4,218
Downeast Maine
You guys are troopers. Too hot and too many mosquitoes in my area with all of the wet weather we've been having.

I'm not a fan of cutting firewood above temps of 50 or so. I just get too hot.
It's rarely been over 50 here this year! I was sweating bullets yesterday when it was 60, sunny, and running that heavy ass 460. The clouds came out and made it comfortable, but only after I finished bucking.
 

sloeffle

Minister of Fire
Mar 1, 2012
682
Central Ohio
It's rarely been over 50 here this year! I was sweating bullets yesterday when it was 60, sunny, and running that heavy ass 460. The clouds came out and made it comfortable, but only after I finished bucking.
We will be heading your way in a few weeks. Taking a week long vacation to Acadia and surrounding areas. I'll make sure we check the forecast so we know what to pack.

Temps have mostly been in the 70 - 80's. We had a couple days in the 90's a few weeks ago. With all of the rain we've been having the humidity seems to be higher than normal though.
 

Kevin Weis

Minister of Fire
Mar 3, 2018
932
Union Bridge, Md
Wood sheds are arranged so sun beats on them all from open front side. With metal corrugated roof and slotted sides should dry quick in the next six months.
 

SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
4,218
Downeast Maine
Lately just a bit north of Acadia it's been highs in the 50-60f range and lows in the 40's. I think weve had one day over 60.
 
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SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
4,218
Downeast Maine
This morning when I took the dogs out I grabbed some standing dead wood I processed when snow was still on the ground. It's burning, so that's encouraging. I'm pretty confident it will be sub 20% moisture for this coming heating season. My MM read like 10%, but the wood hadn't been brought to room temp, etc. It's probably around 25% in reality. The small pieces of fir burned right up, but the larger piece of Birch I put in took a while.

It's a small load, maybe 8 lbs total, about 1/3 capacity of my small stove.
 

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thewoodlands

Minister of Fire
Aug 25, 2009
12,973
Foothills of The Adirondacks
I took the splitter back down through the gully to start splitting the ash rounds, after being there about 10 minutes a wind gust came through that had me second guessing my decision.

At the moment I only have one way in and out so I unhooked the splitter, turned the rhino around and hooked back up and got out. In the attached picture is the area I was in but to the right of the rounds.
 

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SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
4,218
Downeast Maine
I went to the saw dealer and checked out some saws and wasn't really impressed. Apparently Husqvarna doesn't make anything like the 346/353 anymore and the best Stihl they could recommend was the MS250, which I felt wasn't really worth it to me. I'll keep an eye out for a 346/353 on the used market, but I'm hoping electric saws will get better at this point. Light weight but powerful saws have been essentially outlawed by the EPA, at least from Stihl or Husqvarna. Any suggestions from other brands?
 

heavy hammer

Minister of Fire
Jul 18, 2015
1,640
Kirtland Ohio
SpaceBus see what you can find used online or try looking around at other dealers. You might be able to find that one saw sitting somewhere new that just hasn't found a home yet.
 
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thewoodlands

Minister of Fire
Aug 25, 2009
12,973
Foothills of The Adirondacks
Just before supper you could see the sun coming out and the big guy stopped the rain so after eating I did some splitting of more ash rounds.

Pics 9203 & 05 are the rounds left to split in the gully and pic 9204 is everything I split tonight.
 

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heavy hammer

Minister of Fire
Jul 18, 2015
1,640
Kirtland Ohio
EODMSgt I agree I'm about four months away from starting burning again and The only reason I didn't have a fire last night or tonight is the stoves are cleaned out for the year. 47 last night in the mid 40's tonight so much for June.
 
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SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
4,218
Downeast Maine
SpaceBus see what you can find used online or try looking around at other dealers. You might be able to find that one saw sitting somewhere new that just hasn't found a home yet.
I found a used 50cc 346xp for $400 shipped, and I think I'm going to get it.
 
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SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
4,218
Downeast Maine
Well, I took a chance and ordered a used 346xp. It is included with a (useless to me) 24" B&C, but I have an ultralight 16" bar with two chains coming with the saw. If it doesn't work out I'm sure I could unload it for what I've got into it.
 
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EODMSgt

Feeling the Heat
Dec 11, 2018
265
White Mountain Region, NH
Took advantage of the low-40s temps this morning to go buck a white birch that came down fairly recently. Nothing compared to those of you that get grapple loads or have your own woodlots, however as a scrounger, for me it's also about the hunt. Guess I'm different in that I actually enjoy looking for dead and down hardwood in the forest and the challenge of getting the rounds to the road.

This one was several miles up a forest road, across a 4' creek, and about 75' up a 55-degree slope. It was partially supported by it's upper branches and other trees so bucking it wasn't difficult, it was hoping that when I rolled the rounds down the slope they wouldn't bounce out of the creek, roll across the road and then roll down the 20' drop on the other side into the river. Fun times early in the morning.

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SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
4,218
Downeast Maine
Took advantage of the low-40s temps this morning to go buck a white birch that came down fairly recently. Nothing compared to those of you that get grapple loads or have your own woodlots, however as a scrounger, for me it's also about the hunt. Guess I'm different in that I actually enjoy looking for dead and down hardwood in the forest and the challenge of getting the rounds to the road.

This one was several miles up a forest road, across a 4' creek, and about 75' up a 55-degree slope. It was partially supported by it's upper branches and other trees so bucking it wasn't difficult, it was hoping that when I rolled the rounds down the slope they wouldn't bounce out of the creek, roll across the road and then roll down the 20' drop on the other side into the river. Fun times early in the morning.

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I would be doing the same if we didn't have a bunch of trees that needed to come down anyway. I'm pretty sure Maine has a similar program with the forests for retrieving firewood. We don't have a lot of hardwoods, so it sounds like a good way for us to get some.
 

thewoodlands

Minister of Fire
Aug 25, 2009
12,973
Foothills of The Adirondacks
Took advantage of the low-40s temps this morning to go buck a white birch that came down fairly recently. Nothing compared to those of you that get grapple loads or have your own woodlots, however as a scrounger, for me it's also about the hunt. Guess I'm different in that I actually enjoy looking for dead and down hardwood in the forest and the challenge of getting the rounds to the road.

This one was several miles up a forest road, across a 4' creek, and about 75' up a 55-degree slope. It was partially supported by it's upper branches and other trees so bucking it wasn't difficult, it was hoping that when I rolled the rounds down the slope they wouldn't bounce out of the creek, roll across the road and then roll down the 20' drop on the other side into the river. Fun times early in the morning.

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Nice work @EODMSgt , it all adds up.
 
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