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heavy hammer

Minister of Fire
Jul 18, 2015
1,641
Kirtland Ohio
[B]EODMSgt[/B], nice score, wood piles look great. SpaceBus I like the alpaca, I'm sure you will be able to fins another rescue. My grandmother had a farm and she had a few rescue ponies, and goats. Keep digging on the net you will find something. Unfortunately there are plenty of animals out there people don't want anymore for one reason or another. I spent the weekend mowing and today I moved three more grapple loads to the area close to the house. I'm trying to free up room in the woods for the logs I have to cut. The area I have near the house holds about 3 cords when full, plus it is nice and close to the house to keep the garage full. I didn't get any pics since in between mowing and moving wood I was playing baseball with the girls. My 3 year old is able to hit already from being pitched to underhand. The dogs played ball retriever/ outfielder to help. All in all a good weekend to be outside
 

thewoodlands

Minister of Fire
Aug 25, 2009
12,985
Foothills of The Adirondacks
I had planned on mowing the yard for the first time this year just before the hot weather hit but didn't, since we're on sand the lack of water and the heat would've done more harm than good so today I finally mowed the yard.

After I was done and cleaned the air filter out with air, it started to rain.
 

EODMSgt

Feeling the Heat
Dec 11, 2018
265
White Mountain Region, NH
Didn't get as much done as I had hoped today but did get two ash bucked and brought home. After using the woodstove last night and this morning (it was only 34 outside this morning), I'm still thinking about firewood (ok, I'm always thinking about firewood). Dropped a standing dead ash (the right side leaner) and then bucked the standing dead ash I cut down yesterday evening. There's another standing dead ash I want to get but ran out of time today (last pic, the one in the center with the long split up the trunk).
 

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thewoodlands

Minister of Fire
Aug 25, 2009
12,985
Foothills of The Adirondacks
Didn't get as much done as I had hoped today but did get two ash bucked and brought home. After using the woodstove last night and this morning (it was only 34 outside this morning), I'm still thinking about firewood (ok, I'm always thinking about firewood). Dropped a standing dead ash (the right side leaner) and then bucked the standing dead ash I cut down yesterday evening. There's another standing dead ash I want to get but ran out of time today (last pic, the one in the center with the long split up the trunk).
It looks like you had some nice days to be in the woods, we had 34.8 this morning. We talked about putting some wood in tonight but decided we would use the propane fireplace or the furnace if needed.
 

heavy hammer

Minister of Fire
Jul 18, 2015
1,641
Kirtland Ohio
We had 42 Monday morning and today we had close to 90. Heat one day air conditioning the next.
 

JimBear

Feeling the Heat
Dec 15, 2017
440
Iowa
I was out spraying thistles today & ran across a couple of dead standing American Elms, a Cherry the top was rotting off & a limb on an Ash that needed trimmed. Elm is on the front, Cherry is on the back & the Ash is in front of the Cherry. I still have to work up the second Elm.
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EODMSgt

Feeling the Heat
Dec 11, 2018
265
White Mountain Region, NH
Was able to get out for a few minutes yesterday morning and took down a couple standing dead (ash and maple). Not sure how I missed the ash before as it was near a trail but it was a decent score. Still have another ash to take down and found a few more standing dead (beech and birch) but won't have time to tackle those for a while. Almost out of room for logs/rounds anyway and need to start splitting soon.
 

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Gearhead660

Feeling the Heat
Dec 20, 2018
327
WI
Cleaned up a gift from mother nature. Cottonwood...not on the top of my favorite smelling woods.
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SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
4,271
Downeast Maine
The leaves and bark look just like Basswood, but then I saw your end grain which is way different. A guy on woodweb said it smells like "bovine urine"
 

Gearhead660

Feeling the Heat
Dec 20, 2018
327
WI
The leaves and bark look just like Basswood, but then I saw your end grain which is way different. A guy on woodweb said it smells like "bovine urine"
The smell reminds me of my childhood on the farm... Got 3 of them in my backyard. Looks like it snows every summer.
 
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EODMSgt

Feeling the Heat
Dec 11, 2018
265
White Mountain Region, NH
Cut up a large red oak stump yesterday in preparation for the first two loads of fill for my wood processing area expansion project. I took that tree down about 8 years ago and the stump was still a beast. Spread the two loads of fill yesterday evening and made the decision to take down an oak that I would have had to build a well around. Hated to drop it but it'll make using the area easier. Dropped the oak this afternoon and got some of it bucked. Will have to pull the rest out of the treeline for processing and cut up another stump. It'll be great firewood in three years. Hopefully I'll get some more fill next week.
 

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Gearhead660

Feeling the Heat
Dec 20, 2018
327
WI
Cut up a large red oak stump yesterday in preparation for the first two loads of fill for my wood processing area expansion project. I took that tree down about 8 years ago and the stump was still a beast. Spread the two loads of fill yesterday evening and made the decision to take down an oak that I would have had to build a well around. Hated to drop it but it'll make using the area easier. Dropped the oak this afternoon and got some of it bucked. Will have to pull the rest out of the treeline for processing and cut up another stump. It'll be great firewood in three years. Hopefully I'll get some more fill next week.
That's a big boulder you have there...
 
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EODMSgt

Feeling the Heat
Dec 11, 2018
265
White Mountain Region, NH
That's a big boulder you have there...
I've got more of them around the property. We grow them up here (we are the 'Granite State' after all).
 

thewoodlands

Minister of Fire
Aug 25, 2009
12,985
Foothills of The Adirondacks
Cut up a large red oak stump yesterday in preparation for the first two loads of fill for my wood processing area expansion project. I took that tree down about 8 years ago and the stump was still a beast. Spread the two loads of fill yesterday evening and made the decision to take down an oak that I would have had to build a well around. Hated to drop it but it'll make using the area easier. Dropped the oak this afternoon and got some of it bucked. Will have to pull the rest out of the treeline for processing and cut up another stump. It'll be great firewood in three years. Hopefully I'll get some more fill next week.
That will make for some nice firewood, your stacking area expansion is looking good.
 
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EODMSgt

Feeling the Heat
Dec 11, 2018
265
White Mountain Region, NH
That will make for some nice firewood, your stacking area expansion is looking good.
Thanks. The things we do to support our obsession with firewood....

The oak will be great for the 22-23 season, like having money in the bank. I had hoped to finish dragging the rest of it out of the woods and buck it into rounds however after getting poured on twice with more storms in the forecast, called it a day. Got some of it done but still have the top to finish and then the expected mess of branches to chip at a later date. Not complaining though, that's some prime oak.
 

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thewoodlands

Minister of Fire
Aug 25, 2009
12,985
Foothills of The Adirondacks
Thanks. The things we do to support our obsession with firewood....

The oak will be great for the 22-23 season, like having money in the bank. I had hoped to finish dragging the rest of it out of the woods and buck it into rounds however after getting poured on twice with more storms in the forecast, called it a day. Got some of it done but still have the top to finish and then the expected mess of branches to chip at a later date. Not complaining though, that's some prime oak.
After most of the rain/storms missed us we finally are getting some well deserved rain with the temps dropping to 58 from 77.

Some of the heavy rain is just south of us by 10 & 20 miles but we'll take what mother nature is giving us.
 

SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
4,271
Downeast Maine
Well, 99% of my sawmill finally got here yesterday, so I got to assembling it today. I've gotten the basic 4 meter setup fully assembled. The vendor forgot a couple of brackets, so I'll have to call them on Monday and then I can make it a full 6 meter mill once they get here. Tomorrow I'll post some pics once I get the saw mounted and get a log mounted.
 

JimBear

Feeling the Heat
Dec 15, 2017
440
Iowa
Well, 99% of my sawmill finally got here yesterday, so I got to assembling it today. I've gotten the basic 4 meter setup fully assembled. The vendor forgot a couple of brackets, so I'll have to call them on Monday and then I can make it a full 6 meter mill once they get here. Tomorrow I'll post some pics once I get the saw mounted and get a log mounted.
Yes we need pics or we are going to think you fibbing to us. Pics or it didn’t happen. Lol.
 

SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
4,271
Downeast Maine
Got the 4m kit functional today and got the hang of operating the mill. Unfortunately the bar nose steering magnet fell off somehow, hopefully the vendor can get me another, or two. I made some rough 2x4's just to get a feel for everything. I ran about one tank of fuel today, the 395 is thirsty. The chains are Oregon ripping chains, but they aren't particularly sharp. I'll be touching them up soon. After getting the mill together I realized the Logosol emblem on the rail was meant to face the other way, but only after getting the rail assembled. First order of business is going to be making some barn flooring and then lots of 2x4's to make scaffolding.

I'm not very good at figuring out exactly how much higher/lower the butt end needs to be. The manual just kind of says to make sure one end is higher and doesn't really elaborate. For now I'm not even annoyed I can't put it out to the full 6m yet since the curve for 4m is pretty steep.
 

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heavy hammer

Minister of Fire
Jul 18, 2015
1,641
Kirtland Ohio
Nice mill Spacebus! EODMSgt nice work. The area is comong along nicely. I just ended up mowing yesterday and spent all morning helping a friend put in his electric fence for his dog. Not and overly fun Sunday morning but it helped a buddy out.
 

JimBear

Feeling the Heat
Dec 15, 2017
440
Iowa
I'm not very good at figuring out exactly how much higher/lower the butt end needs to be. The manual just kind of says to make sure one end is higher and doesn't really elaborate
I think that it recommends one end be higher to help with feeding (downhill works better than uphill). More slope is better. My assessment is based on what the book I got with my Granberg & what other chain mill using have stated. That setup looks good, keep those chains sharp, milling is hard on saws no need to push it any harder than you need to. Also make sure you check your fuel after a cut to assess usage, it sucks to run out mid-cut. Most of the stuff I have read suggests to let your saw cool down for 15-30 seconds after each cut depending on air temps.
 

SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
4,271
Downeast Maine
I think that it recommends one end be higher to help with feeding (downhill works better than uphill). More slope is better. My assessment is based on what the book I got with my Granberg & what other chain mill using have stated. That setup looks good, keep those chains sharp, milling is hard on saws no need to push it any harder than you need to. Also make sure you check your fuel after a cut to assess usage, it sucks to run out mid-cut. Most of the stuff I have read suggests to let your saw cool down for 15-30 seconds after each cut depending on air temps.
I get plenty of breaks between cuts from adjusting the log beds or whatever. I wasn't worrying about speed today and could have turned the saw off while making adjustments and stuff. The reason for having one end higher than the other is because you get a lot of waste otherwise, at least that's what I discovered. They really weren't that sharp to start with, so anything is an improvement. I wish I had known a 25" bar would fit the bar nose steering a little better, I wouldn't have gotten the 24" if I had known better. I do have a 28" bar and cross cutting chain, but I might get a few extra 28" loops to convert to ripping chains for 24" diameter logs (mfg listed max log size).
 

JimBear

Feeling the Heat
Dec 15, 2017
440
Iowa
I get plenty of breaks between cuts from adjusting the log beds or whatever. I wasn't worrying about speed today and could have turned the saw off while making adjustments and stuff. The reason for having one end higher than the other is because you get a lot of waste otherwise, at least that's what I discovered. They really weren't that sharp to start with, so anything is an improvement. I wish I had known a 25" bar would fit the bar nose steering a little better, I wouldn't have gotten the 24" if I had known better. I do have a 28" bar and cross cutting chain, but I might get a few extra 28" loops to convert to ripping chains for 24" diameter logs (mfg listed max log size).
Several of the posts I have read about milling say they are just using standard chain to mill with. Those using it say the surface texture is just as good as milling chain, some of them change the top plate to 25* instead of 30* some don’t.