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Firewood / Log splitter estimate

Discussion in 'Firewood, Heating and Wood Burning Equipment' started by gwa000, Nov 4, 2019.

  1. gwa000

    gwa000 ArboristSite Lurker

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    need some advice from some experienced people who cut and split their own firewood. i had 6 ash trees taken down ranging from 6-8" up to 22" in diameter. i've cut all of the wood but would like:

    1. an estimate of how many face cords i will get out of this wood.
    2. how long it will take 2 people using a log splitter to split the wood (not necessarily stacking it).
    reason i am asking is that i have to rent a splitter from either a big box store (for a 24 hour period but realistically will only be able to run it from about 9AM - 5PM due to village ordinance and daylight) or a rental store for the weekend. price is roughly the same.

    if we could complete it in 6 -7 hours that would be best as my son (coming in from out of town for the chore) could return it. if i have to go the rental store route i would have to ask a neighbor to return it monday morning but i would rather not impose on him unless the splitting is going to require more than 6 - 7 hours (i.e. two days, the second day i would work alone).

    i've attached a few pictures of the wood that has been cut.
    Picture # 1: overview of all the wood
    Picture # 2: Pile # 1, front view
    Picture # 3: Pile # 1, side view
    Picture # 4: Pile # 2, front view
    Picture # 5: Pile # 2, side view

    01_Overview.jpg 02_Pile #1 front.jpg 03_Pile #1 side.jpg 04_Pile #2 front.jpg 05_Pile #2 side.jpg

    thanks!!
     
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    I'm guessing 2-3 cords. (I don't do face cords):surprised3: I'd rent the splitter for the weekend. 2 guys should be able to knock most of that out in a day depending on splitter operation experience. Get it for the weekend just in case. I'd noodle some of the bigger rounds just to make it go faster.
     
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    less then 3 cords, and two guys will do it in 6 hours if you are not used to the job.... splitting the bigger blocks into say 6" wedges, smaller will kill the weekend for you! 7 face cords(4'x8'x16"/18").
     
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    A lot of it you could probaly split faster by hand beings it’s ash
     
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    It's ash -
    Grab a splitting maul and wedges for the gnarly ones or a bit of chainsaw cut to start the spit and finish it off with a maul of your choice.
    Might need to stock the fridge for anticipated help.
    And figure a few weekends to rest and Split and SIP refreshments and repeat.
    I have noticed no body bothers me when I am Splitting wood..:baaa:.
    I have a nice hydraulic splitter and I still have my peace and quiet.
     
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    can you explain "I'd noodle some of the bigger rounds"?

    i've only split wood (with a splitter) once before so i'm a newbie as far as terminology.
     
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    yeah, that ain't gonna happen (based on my age). :)
     
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    Rip not cross cut with chainsaw
     
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    if i was a little younger, possibly split it by hand, and if it was a smaller amount. with the impending winter approaching i just want to get it done!!
     
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    do you mean all the way through or just part way to get it started?

    thanks for the quick replies!!
     
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    I hear Ya
    Another thought is to craigslist or some how rent two guys and a splitter I have helped friends out that way before.
    Just keep it all business if you don't know them..
     
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    "renting" my son, he's free!! :) and the weekend rental for the splitter is very reasonable so we (son for one day) should be able to handle it.
     
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    Splitting is quicker with a maul but I get Chunks 30 or 40" diameter and break then down by noodling/rip cutting them partially then use the splitting maul to small pieces I can throw in the truck then haul them home and back up to the splitter and split off of the tailgate.
    If the chunks are frozen they split easier.
     
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    Tip him with refreshments...
    It should be called Bonding
    Miss being able to do that.
     
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    most cut all the way but to me noodling is rip cutting that makes long stringy sawdust/chip/NOODLES
     
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    Rent a splitter that will go vertical, will make those larger rounds easier to split. Place a piece or 2x6 or 2x8 in front of splitter to make it easier, sets log up and flat to splitter base.
     
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    thanks for you help and the quick replies.
     
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    Try to stack the splits with the bark up and because it is ash it might be a good idea to get it burned the season. And a pallet will keep it off of the dirt for the bugs
     
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    the big box store's splitter operates horizontal and vertical. pretty sure the local rental one does also but i will verify if i rent from them.
    thanks for the tip on putting 2 x 6 (8) in front of splitter to make it even with the splitter base. that should save on my back a little!!
     
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    i have some 2x4x8's to keep it off the ground.
    you stated "might be a good idea to get it burned the season". are you saying it should be burned this season? i thought ash was a relatively hard wood and does it have to season for a while?

    thanks!
     
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