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Have some huge bushy Elms to fall.

Discussion in 'Firewood, Heating and Wood Burning Equipment' started by alleyyooper, Aug 5, 2019.

  1. alleyyooper

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    Going to try to get up a ways and remove a lot of the smaller (6") branchs and maybe mostly from one side on each. then when I fall them I can be pretty much assured that they will fall in an area I wish them too.

    Have to be extra carefull Previous owner allowed a hunter in there who left climbing sticks to grow into the trees. I have used my metal dector to find that if I cut them low I can miss any metal in the trees.

    Stuff will make some great fire wood, dead long enough most of the brk has fell off most of them.

    :D Al
     
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    Burned quite a bit of Elm, liked it but split exceptionally hard.
     
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    Yes it does. Need to use a wedge and sledge or powere splitter for best results.

    :D Al
     
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    Was hopping to get some pictures at least this week but other work keeps getting in the way.

    Maybe today.

    :D Al
     
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    Don't really care for elm. Even on my supersplit it's hard to split. I have to noodle fairly small rounds into smaller pieces to speed up the process. You really need hydraulic for that stuff.
     
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    My friend and I split an Elm with his hydraulic splitter that fell into my backyard. It was a little more work to split than oak or pecan, but I burned some fires with it last winter and liked it. This will be two years it has been c/s/s and I'm planning to burn it all this winter.
     
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    Great wood...but everyone is right I wouldn't attempt to split without hydraulics.
     
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    I want to get some pictures but Life keeps happening.

    :D Al
     
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    We burn a lot of the standing dead red elm. Some of the favorite in our neck of the woods. Hydraulic splitter definitely comes in handy!
     
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    i split by hand . when i get elm i don't even try to split . i noodle it .
     
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    The blade on my TSC splitter stops short of the foot, so when splitting Elm or Hickory, I put a piece 0f 2X6 on the foot so it can cut all the way through.
     
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    @rarefish383 This is what I made for my splitter to allow for a complete split without using another piece of wood.
     

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    Have you posted those pics before? I knew I'd seen some one do that. I finally got a roll of wire for my MIG and it's on the short list. I just took down a big Hickory for my BIL yesterday.
     
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    I believe I have posted these pics before. Can't remember if it was on here or fhc.
    If you are wondering about the holes, when I first put it together I had used bolts but they never stayed tight. The edge of the wedge fits in the center when fully extended. By using this, I don't have to keep finding pieces of wood to use.
     

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