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JimBear

Minister of Fire
Dec 15, 2017
666
Iowa
I scored a load of old Hedge posts today, I have a few nails & staples to pull then cut to length. Plenty of btu’s left in these.

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SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
6,269
Downeast Maine
A couple of my implements have cat 2 top link connections, but my tractor is all cat 1. Are there bushings I can get to reduce the hole size on the top link connection? Would I be better off getting a cat 2 end piece for my top link? This really just applies to my stump grinder and skidding winch.
 

ClintonH

Burning Hunk
Jan 4, 2014
120
NW OH
A couple of my implements have cat 2 top link connections, but my tractor is all cat 1. Are there bushings I can get to reduce the hole size on the top link connection? Would I be better off getting a cat 2 end piece for my top link? This really just applies to my stump grinder and skidding winch.
Counterpoint: does the bit of slack in a cat 2 implement really matter? I mean, it's less than 1/8" I'd imagine. ???
 
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SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
6,269
Downeast Maine
Counterpoint: does the bit of slack in a cat 2 implement really matter? I mean, it's less than 1/8" I'd imagine. ???

My tractor dealer says no, it does not matter. Sometimes when I go over bumps the 1/4" of slop is noticeable when the stump grinder jumps.
 
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Solarguy3500

Member
Dec 3, 2020
187
Western MA
I got a nice load of red oak today.
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The utility has been doing a lot of cutting in my town this summer and this is only a few miles from my house. A lot of nice firewood for the taking, mostly oak, some maple, some birch, beech, etc.
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I'll probably go back tomorrow for some more if I have time.
 

thewoodlands

Minister of Fire
Aug 25, 2009
14,009
Foothills of The Adirondacks
After spending about three days about 4 miles south of Old Forge NY at my nephew's camp, when we came home it was time to check the rest of the trails up top and limb up this Pine that the wind took down. I took four loads of branches over to the fireplace, hopefully we don't get the high winds again tomorrow.

I'm pretty sure picture 2038 is Steve Wynn's place if what my sister said is correct. We rented a pontoon boat and took a long ride on first, second, third and fourth lakes.

We went by this place when we were on the pontoon boat on Wednesday, nothing left to the place.
See home in Old Forge area demolished by massive explosion (photos)
 

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kennyp2339

Minister of Fire
Feb 16, 2014
6,103
07462
Bought a brush blade for my weed whacker, got a couple hours use out of it yesterday before the rain came. I'm fairly impressed with its performance. Very wet year here, lots and lots of thick undergrowth, a mix of vines, creepers, thorn bushes and thistle, all crap that is just to much for just string to handle. I made a fairly good dent, and reclaiming the sides of my yard.
 

EbS-P

Minister of Fire
Jan 19, 2019
1,473
SE North Carolina
Bought a brush blade for my weed whacker, got a couple hours use out of it yesterday before the rain came. I'm fairly impressed with its performance. Very wet year here, lots and lots of thick undergrowth, a mix of vines, creepers, thorn bushes and thistle, all crap that is just to much for just string to handle. I made a fairly good dent, and reclaiming the sides of my yard.
I like the carbide tipped saw blade brush blades. I have the flex shaft still kombi much less vibration when sawing sapling than the 4 eared brush blade that kinda beat it’s way through them.
 
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Solarguy3500

Member
Dec 3, 2020
187
Western MA
I mentioned in a previous post that the utility has been doing a lot of cutting in my town this summer for the power lines. They (tree service contracted by utility) had come up my street a few weeks ago and cut a lot of trees and left the logs on the side of the road for a while, but now they are sending a log truck to pick up what me and other firewood scroungers haven't gotten to yet.

This morning when I was having my coffee, I noticed the log truck just down the street from my driveway, and I took a walk out there and asked them what they were doing with the wood? The guy said they were giving it away to homeowners in the area, and asked me if I wanted some? He didn't have to ask more than once.:)

They went up the street and got some more logs, then came back and dropped off load number 1.
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Nice load of hard maple, with a couple bigger logs. Biggest is 29". He said he's going to bring me another load from another area in town. Best part was the price. Free!
 

kennyp2339

Minister of Fire
Feb 16, 2014
6,103
07462
I mentioned in a previous post that the utility has been doing a lot of cutting in my town this summer for the power lines.
I got 7 of those trucks at the end of last winter, total cords after cutting and splitting was about 12 cords
 

thewoodlands

Minister of Fire
Aug 25, 2009
14,009
Foothills of The Adirondacks
I split and stacked a face cord of Beech from my spring felling, I still have some Beech rounds left with more rounds of Ash, Yellow Birch and Cherry in the back gully, hopefully I can get another two face cord from that which will give us 54 face cord of hardwood before the fall felling starts.

I think that we have room for another 15 face cord, if I can fill half of that, I'll be happy.
 

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SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
6,269
Downeast Maine
One of the nests in my chicken coop started to hatch, so this week is starting nicely.
I'm up to nine chicks under one hen. Three eggs were duds, two of them not fertilized. There is also another hen sitting on eggs, so I'm hoping for similar results this weekend. My incubator also has a handful of eggs, one started pipping.
 

Solarguy3500

Member
Dec 3, 2020
187
Western MA
Load #2 today from the tree company.
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The log truck showed up around noon and added to the pile from yesterday, and since he had so much wood and didn't want to pile it too high he made another pile along the driveway closer to the road.
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Mostly oak in this load. Some beech, ash, black birch, maple, cherry, etc.

Getting this wood was the easy part. Now my work really starts processing it. My wife said to me today. "Well, I guess we better get you a splitter now." I did not argue with her on that. :)
 

SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
6,269
Downeast Maine
Got a chance to count the natural born hatchlings this morning. Looks like nine healthy chicks out of a dozen eggs. Two of those dozen hadn't been fertilized and one died early in the incubation. Looks like at least four pullets, which is nice because we lost three this year and most of my hatches have been cockerel heavy so far. The second nest should be hatching this weekend. My incubator has five eggs (there were several more but eight ended up not being fertilized and three had bacterial infections), one has hatched and three others are pipping. Hoping number five pips as well, but there is still time before I have to call it. If the second nest in the coop has a nice hatch rate we will hit 40 chicks born here on our tiny farm this year. This winter I'd like to add rex rabbits and maybe even jumbo coturnix quail.
 

MissMac

Minister of Fire
Dec 4, 2017
868
NW Ontario
Load #2 today from the tree company.
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The log truck showed up around noon and added to the pile from yesterday, and since he had so much wood and didn't want to pile it too high he made another pile along the driveway closer to the road.
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Mostly oak in this load. Some beech, ash, black birch, maple, cherry, etc.

Getting this wood was the easy part. Now my work really starts processing it. My wife said to me today. "Well, I guess we better get you a splitter now." I did not argue with her on that. :)
What a score! Posts like these make me shake my head in awe. Lucky man!
 

clancey

Minister of Fire
Feb 26, 2021
1,736
Colorado
MM--you really scored and that's wonderful...Did you ever notice in life to where you are somewhat disabled at the moment that you get plenty of work to do when you at your hardest to keep up with it because of your shoulder operation...One thing about it --you are moving it a little and this is great for a little exercise , but just do not overdue it.. Glad your doing well and my what big pieces of wood you have and this is good...Now take a hot bath and soak your arm in epson salts with nice warm water. lol You take it easy now but you sure made a good wood score just by talking...lol lol mrs clancey
Edit : I thought it was mm who got all those big pieces of trees and was worried with all the work that involved for you but I look back and that wood belongs to solarguy and good for him...Nice big pieces....mm- glad you got that piece out of the tree trunk and that's enough of work for you...lol Go easy with the shoulder...clancey
 
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SpaceBus

Minister of Fire
Nov 18, 2018
6,269
Downeast Maine
Mixed news today. Last night one of my ten week old pullets was snatched by an owl, only a few drops of blood and some down remain. On the bright side all five of the incubator eggs hatched. We should come out ahead this year even with losing four layers and one young rooster. My goal is to breed enough chickens to consume a dozen+ eggs a day (my dogs have four a day usually) and eat chicken meat three days a week. Next year we might get there. Eventually I'd like to eat rabbit three days and save the last day for eating out or having beef or mutton.
 

EbS-P

Minister of Fire
Jan 19, 2019
1,473
SE North Carolina
From a few houses down the street. Laurel live oak. It sat there more than a week and the city would not pick up as they have a 6” diameter and 50 # limit. Neighborhood beatification and a warm couple weeks. Win win.

Evan
 

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thewoodlands

Minister of Fire
Aug 25, 2009
14,009
Foothills of The Adirondacks
When I was loading up the trailer with the last load of Yellow Birch, I noticed this Maple that mother nature put down up the hill. I'll see what type of Maple it is before the end of August.

I'm not sure I can get the Rhino in that area, we'll see if it's worth the effort.
 

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thewoodlands

Minister of Fire
Aug 25, 2009
14,009
Foothills of The Adirondacks
I started cleaning up the gully today when I removed some Yellow Birch, maybe one White Birch and some Cherry rounds from a tree mother nature felled over the winter. Since some of the Cherry wasn't in great shape, I started stacking a face cord with it on the bottom and then the Yellow Birch and possibly a White Birch. The birch I felled in the spring thinking that more Ash would get felled which never happened, hopefully those Ash get felled this fall.

I don't think we hit 100 in the sun but I'm thinking it was over 90, I guess it's time I back the screw out of the White Pine some and get it back on the tree.
 

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lowroadacres

Minister of Fire
Aug 18, 2009
542
MB
On June 20th I started into a personal challenge. I have posted in the past about the riverfront woodlot I have access to within minutes of my house. My work is crazy long hours.... my choice my issue..... So I dared myself to use the longer hours that the summer solstice afforded. It took me 45 days on the calendar, cutting over 33 sessions all but 2 sessions at sunrise. When I started this stack I had half a cord of box elder piled up at the one end. There is now a 9 cord stack with the balancing 8.5 cords being flood killed ash that has been standing dead or downed for several years. all but a few sticks in stack were cut at well under 20 percent moisture content. This stack is in addition to 6 cords of oak that I will test for moisture content prior to winter.
 

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thewoodlands

Minister of Fire
Aug 25, 2009
14,009
Foothills of The Adirondacks
On June 20th I started into a personal challenge. I have posted in the past about the riverfront woodlot I have access to within minutes of my house. My work is crazy long hours.... my choice my issue..... So I dared myself to use the longer hours that the summer solstice afforded. It took me 45 days on the calendar, cutting over 33 sessions all but 2 sessions at sunrise. When I started this stack I had half a cord of box elder piled up at the one end. There is now a 9 cord stack with the balancing 8.5 cords being flood killed ash that has been standing dead or downed for several years. all but a few sticks in stack were cut at well under 20 percent moisture content. This stack is in addition to 6 cords of oak that I will test for moisture content prior to winter.
Nice work @lowroadacres , it always feels nice when the firewood inventory grows.