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Discussion in 'Firewood, Heating and Wood Burning Equipment' started by MountainHigh, Jul 25, 2014.

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How many cords will you burn this winter?

  1. 1 to 3

    18.8%
  2. 3 to 5

    29.3%
  3. 5 to 7

    21.4%
  4. 7 to 10

    14.0%
  5. 10 to 15

    12.0%
  6. You don't want to know

    4.6%
  1. MountainHigh

    MountainHigh Selective Tree wacker

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    Still getting ready for winter ... I missed wood splitting in May and all of June so I am behind this year.

    Will have 2 cords of 2 year seasoned dry wood stacked near the house here shortly:

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    and another 2 cords of seasoned dry is tucked in behind this soon to be finished appx 4 cords 6 month stack (below):

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    and then there's still the 3+ piles (appx 6+ cords) I have to split that will season for a year or two (below).

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    August is going to be wood splitting heaven :cool: ... then bring on winter :rock:
     
  2. zogger

    zogger Tree Freak

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    I'm down to some knotty oak I will noodle, and around 2/3rds cord of hickory to split, then that's it, have to go cut a heap 0 rounds and bring them in. I held out cutting until what I had already was finished splitting and stacked. almost done with my bonus wood brush pile as well, featured in the jawsaw thread ;)

    I am 3-6 years ahead, depending on if I sell (or trade) a bunch this winter or not.

    Cutting is the easy part, and takes the least time, hauling it in then splitting and stacking is where the real grunt work comes in.

    I know it would be loads faster to just split on site with a hydraulic, load into a dump truck with a FEL or conveyor and just stack/store heaps, but.....
     
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  3. Joesell

    Joesell ArboristSite Guru

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    I have 12 cords stacked so far this year. Need to come up with another 18 or so. Hopefully I don't need it all, but I'd like to have it in case we have another cold one.
     
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    I miss-voted! LOL.
    I have around 12-15 cords split and ready, hopefully I won't burn any more than 4-5 this winter.
     
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  5. MountainHigh

    MountainHigh Selective Tree wacker

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    you guys are seriously kicking my assh! :chop:
     
  6. MountainHigh

    MountainHigh Selective Tree wacker

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    You sure got that right! I far prefer a day in the mountains to cut and pack it home, than splitting and stacking.
    Would love to find some wood where I could drag my splitter along, but mountain roads are not co-operating.
    I find I can split the clear wood faster with an axe/maul, but use my hydraulic for anything with knots.
     
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    Zale Addicted to ArboristSite

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    I have maybe 1 cord left. Boss gave me a major solid and said I could have all the "irregular" pieces we don't sell to our clients. We ship in kiln dried hardwood from Pa. I should have enough to last 2-3 years.
     
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  8. zogger

    zogger Tree Freak

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    On nice clean wicked straight good wood, yep, hand splitting is as fast as or faster if ya feel like it over a hydraulic. Knots, egads, tried some tonight, my elbow still hurts, been a month now. Nuts, noodle party #2 coming up shortly. I did one measly wheelbarrow full and gave up.

    Just say no to knots!

    Dangit though, knot wood is the best wood for burning.....
     
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  9. zogger

    zogger Tree Freak

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    That qualifies as a YOU SUCK, with oak leaf clusters! Free kiln dried!
     
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    Zale Addicted to ArboristSite

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    My boss is a decent fellow. We get truck loads that hold 20 cords loose. By the time it gets sorted through, we end up selling 15-17 cords out of the load. The rest goes into a pile. Customers don't like irregular pieces for some reason. Their loss my gain.
     
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  11. RyanTowry_81

    RyanTowry_81 Educated redneck

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    I wish I was as far ahead as some of you guys. I only had a 1/2 cord left after last winter and have cut about 4 so far this summer. I am hoping in October I can get another 2-3 before winter hits. Luckily it doesn't get cold here until December
     
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    Look at the bright side, you *did* have wood left over, and are on the stick adding to it. As long as you cut and stack more than you burn, you're good! It starts adding up fast.
     
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  13. RyanTowry_81

    RyanTowry_81 Educated redneck

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    That is true. But last winter was really really warm here on the west coast while the east coast got pummeled. I burnt 3 last year so I would like to double it incase be get a hard winter.
     
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  14. AKDoug

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    We'll burn 28 to 30 to heat a 12,000 sqft building. I have 5 palletized and dried, 10 split and drying, and 10 more in log length ready to be processed. I have 10 cords of 3 yr old logs in the woods ready to be brought in.
     
  15. pennsywoodburnr

    pennsywoodburnr supreme scrounger

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    Just about all of my wood is split by hand, but there came a time I was so inundated with rounds waiting to be cracked open I had to cave in and borrow my buddys hydraulic Ariens splitter. Sure made things faster! Now I have to stack up the piles I created :(. I should be all caught up by this weekend. And that will make more room on the landing for new rounds coming in. I'm all set for this winter though. Everything I'm dealing with now will be next years heat.
     
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    cat-face timber Knot Bumper

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    I voted for 5 to 7 Cords..
    Give or take.
    Already have most of mine ready. Already dropped a load off at my Mom's house.
     
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    Put the last stick on the pile last weekend. the problem with wood is once you finished it's not long before you have more to process or stack. a vicious cycle.
     
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    Have about a face cord left over from last year. 3 cord plus setting here for the coming winter. I went overboard this year and CSS over 4. Then a freak windstorm came howling through and topped a bunch of red maples. Once all that is added in, we'll have enough for two years.

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  19. Dirtboy

    Dirtboy ArboristSite Operative

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    I got 2 winters split & stacked. Working on having the 3rd winter split & stacked before September, and hopefully get a fourth winter cut up into rounds to split early next year. 1Logs2014.JPG
     
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    jthornton ArboristSite Guru

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    The amount of wood I burn depends on mother nature and how cold it gets. So far I've burned 1-3 cords in a season.

    JT
     
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