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Offline jwilly3879

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Re: This winters fuel
« Reply #20 on: October 02, 2018, 06:45:03 PM »
Mine has been stacked outside since last march.

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« Reply #21 on: October 02, 2018, 11:22:08 PM »
almost 3 years worth done for myself.  2/3 done for next year that I make for a friend that cant do it for herself.  I cut and split and throw it on a pile then she stacks it when she gets time.
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« Reply #22 on: October 03, 2018, 04:59:33 AM »
I just got into this game. Bought a house two weeks ago. So yeah, I知 behind :D Not lacking experience burning wood, at my parents we did 5+ cord a year forever. 
Should have planned ahead when we knew we were buying the house, but where to put it and hating to move it an extra time held me back. 

The worst part is I log part time, have a skidder, all the saws, etc. and hate the thought of buying split wood.... but I知 gonna have to, at least for this year. I have a maple stand to thin, so I値l be cutting beech, yellow birch and ash later this fall and will be set for next year. 
Still working on this year.
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Re: This winters fuel
« Reply #23 on: October 03, 2018, 07:53:55 PM »
Hey Chris. don't forget that ash is the only wood I know that can be burnt near green. Split it smaller, then mix it with some standing dead ( not rotten) trees like oaks around you.
We've used ash like that when we had screwed up not getting enough wood in in time. Never again. Also Look at free hardwood pallets.
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« Reply #24 on: October 04, 2018, 08:07:55 PM »
I cut and skidded 5 trees after work today, and bucked and split a 1/2 ton pickup load of ash. Think I値l stoll buy a cord maybe two of seasoned wood but we値l see. 
I do have a buddy who痴 wife works at a furniture place, they have kiln dried hardwood cutoffs. Think I値l get a truckload of those too.
I値l make it I知 sure :)
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« Reply #25 on: October 06, 2018, 09:23:41 AM »
Those of us who are younger, keep working on it. Those of us who have a little more experience, keep doing it while we can.


Uplander,  I agree with what you said.  This process (aging) has been on my mind lately as my OWB is ready to start its 13th season and I know will soon be faced with a decision and trying to look realistically at what the next phase will bring.
A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in. -Greek Proverb

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« Reply #26 on: October 08, 2018, 03:35:57 PM »


Uplander,  I agree with what you said.  This process (aging) has been on my mind lately as my OWB is ready to start its 13th season and I know will soon be faced with a decision and trying to look realistically at what the next phase will bring.
I plan on doing it as long as possible. As I get to the point I know I am going to need help I am going to try to find a youngster with a good work ethic and hopefully together with my woods, tractor, saws, splitter and few tricks about how to do it we can come to a mutually beneficial arrangement.  That's my hope at least.
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« Reply #27 on: October 08, 2018, 08:49:10 PM »




I plan on doing it as long as possible. As I get to the point I know I am going to need help I am going to try to find a youngster with a good work ethic and hopefully together with my woods, tractor, saws, splitter and few tricks about how to do it we can come to a mutually beneficial arrangement.  That's my hope at least.
Good luck on finding that person. I have looked a lot to find some younger help. People don't burn wood in my area like they used to. The serious wood burners already have more wood to cut than they need. I have two guys that like to hunt both 55 + and I trade them hunting rights for days helping me get my 15 cord I burn a year. When they have had enough that might finish me burning wood. 

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« Reply #28 on: October 08, 2018, 10:50:01 PM »


Uplander,  I agree with what you said.  This process (aging) has been on my mind lately as my OWB is ready to start its 13th season and I know will soon be faced with a decision and trying to look realistically at what the next phase will bring.
I plan on doing it as long as possible. As I get to the point I know I am going to need help I am going to try to find a youngster with a good work ethic and hopefully together with my woods, tractor, saws, splitter and few tricks about how to do it we can come to a mutually beneficial arrangement.  That's my hope at least.
I am almost 70 and I have to plan farther ahead now than I use to. I go out and cut for a couple of hours or whenever I get tired then I stop. I built a processor 10 years ago and it is slow but I don't handle the wood other than stack so that helps a lot. I cut 2 cords and stacked in my woodshed today. I have seasoned poles to cut so going into the woods for me is a big no no. This year it is harder to get in and out of my skid steer but I manage. Cutting wood makes my blood sugar go down as well as my blood pressure

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« Reply #29 on: October 14, 2018, 10:20:45 AM »
 just finished up working on the woodstove. Most of the firebrick was all cracked apart so I replaced all the broken pieces while replacing two of the hot air re-burner tubes. I fired up the stove to take the chill off the house from this cool snap we're having this weekend.

I have most of the wood cut and split but I have to move it from the drying areas over by the big barn to the wood shed by the house. I still have one big dead ash to drop cuz it is within striking distance of the house. Winter winds blow the bad direction so I better get it dropped before it gets punky.



I'm gonna try some of the Honey Locust for firewood that has been drying all summer. I will mix it in with the Ash. We cut a bunch of Honey Locust early this spring to make some fence posts and I cut and split the limbs and what was too crooked to run on the sawmill.
Always having a great day!
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Re: This winters fuel
« Reply #30 on: October 15, 2018, 11:26:03 AM »
We cut a bunch of Honey Locust early this spring to make some fence posts


Did you mean Black Locust?  Black Locust makes great firewood and posts.  Honey Locust makes good firewood and poor posts.  

Just trying to save some heartache before sinking a bunch of HL posts.
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« Reply #31 on: October 15, 2018, 12:05:38 PM »
The last bunch of honey locust posts that were put in here on the farm 50 or so years ago are still functioning.  If these new ones only last 20 years I don't think I'll be to worried about them after that.  We have no black locust on our farm.  I wish we did, but...  I have done a lot of reading on the Honey Locust vs. Black Locust and the stories range from very little difference to HL being totally worthless.  The agriculture reports I have read indicate the HL is good for posts, but Yellow Locust is to by shyed away from for that application.  I'm going to take my chances.  

A couple years ago we found logs (16" to 20" by 6' long) lying in the bottom way back in the woods that no one knows who cut them or how long they had laid there.  (minimum of 15 years).  There was no bark and they looked like the fencing up at the barn that was put in in '52.  I cut them up for fire wood and it was great, no rot in the heart wood at all, just encased thorns (found when splitting it) like I find in all other honey locust that I have cut and split from our woods.
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« Reply #32 on: October 21, 2018, 01:54:31 AM »
The last 2 days my wife and I stacked our wood shed full 8x16x 8 ft high.
4 cord is birch. Then we leave 3 ft space for birch bark and small stuff for kindlin and did sawmill slabs of hemlock jack pine and birch for about 5 ft. One bag out of 20 did not fit.  It will be used up before the snow flys.
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« Reply #33 on: November 05, 2018, 11:00:46 AM »
I'm ready!! Just got my Central Boiler hooked up and rolling.  Bring on the Cold!!

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« Reply #34 on: November 05, 2018, 06:56:37 PM »
I have 9 Dino bags of cut offs from selling firewood mixed hardwood 
1 pallet of black locusts
1 pallet of red oak sawmill slabs
1 pallet of hardwood limbs 
And hope to get 3 more Dino bags off cut offs
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« Reply #35 on: November 08, 2018, 09:40:41 AM »
Bruno those Deno bags were the first ones we used in 2011. A customer returned this year with one of them. I had the well used ones full of saw chips and this year they were falling apart. So 6 to 7 years before don. It all depends on how long they were in the sun.
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« Reply #36 on: November 09, 2018, 07:46:20 AM »
 Sounds like we are all doing pretty good! You youngsters that are a little behind better get to work though!

Just kidding, I know how difficult it is to manage all the responsibilities one has at a younger age.

Us folks who are a little more "seasoned" are a little better at managing out time though :)
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