Discussion in 'Firewood, Heating and Wood Burning Equipment' started by ShaneLogs, Apr 19, 2012.
I had a couple of fires going using up old wood I had around and some chips from last splitting job.
cleaned up into the night... this helped take the cool out of the evening air... I have a steel rocking chair I can sit down and in front of. I call it my 'wall-less' log cabin...
Mostly oak with a little birch.
once set up, gasoline ON, choke 1/2, throttle 1/4" open... I clicked the key and vroom... she dint even turn over once and was running. I let it heat soak. then worked the hydraulic oil to heat it up. and... we were then in business.
a friend had dropped by today and so I got some help with my day's splitting plans... the help, helped out with the stacking on firewood stack. lifting, tossing, etc. split oak, cedar and some older pecan. oak is clean most of it, some will be outdoor use, cedar into 1" kindling for the extra heat it puts out... pecan... some for smoking ribs and some prob burn outdoors as I have more pecan than I need... currently.
the cedar split easily. dry straight grain. and very pleasant smelling cedar. small split, but important as now all my chunks are split into firewood stix... and I can work on next scrounge. some splitter system maintenance. one of my saws. and enjoy the outdoor fires in these cooler times... I do like an outdoor fire going and burn all the time... as I told my friend... " no wood, no fire!" lol
No cutting or splitting today, but hauled and stacked three loads, maybe half a cord at most. Should get the rest of the splits tomorrow. Nice to be filling the woodshed again. It also looks like the rest of the logs are mostly free of dirt. Chunking up a few logs and then splitting has been working well.
How is that fireback working out?
Thanks Yep, Im not too far from the drag strip. Funny enough I do like old mopars and really any old car and would like to build another muscle car. My 69 firebird was stolen from my shop in NC before I moved to Ohio. I race Subaru stage rally cars. very wild haha But cant drive into town for ice cream and fun with my kids in that. My daily is a 2013 ram 2500 diesel. We love the county fairs here.
hi - even with all my fireplace exp, research, etc... I had not heard the term fireback. so I looked it up. if I am correct, u are meaning the back wall's add'l metal and screen of the firebox.
so then, it is working out very well. the fireplace was a scrounge. the lower front curtains are rusted out 1/4-3/8"inch or so. couple places bit more. i serviced them, they work well. replacement around $50-75 so I kept original... I picked up a nice CL fireplace screen system for $15.00 from a remodel. it sits in front when no fire and sometimes when fire, too. it is a std Majestic 36". no trick brick etc. just steel panels on side with air gaps. back is a composite back of firebox. it is a 3 flue sys so I venture to say post asbestos use era. the bottom of the back wall material cracked. etc. it was well used by time I got it in that area. so I put in a curved, concave tin panel... a fireback (i guess it could be called) and then the expanded metal to keep heat and coals off the back wall. similar to how the sides stay cool. I set up the grate system. none came with it. the back wall is holding up well with these mods. recently I took it out when doing a deep cleaning and to inspect back wall... no further deteriation evident...
I burn in it all the time... its a 365ish deal... and it sees some serious useage, ie firebox up to 3/4 full....it is big, for me an ideal setup... priced right! lol... its name is Brutus!
hope this helps. if not, ask
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got some more split today
only 6 rounds but i'm feeling it
I didn't unload the trailer.
Saw the surgeon for a 6 week post-op follow up, and the doc cleared me to do moderate weight bearing and physical activity such as, running a backpack blower, snow thrower, running saws and splitting firewood — on flat ground and while wearing my brace (been walking without it for about 3 weeks now).
This morning I fired up the burn barrels to take care of the brush pile, then set to work on splitting some ash. A little slower than usual, but I'm taking it at an easy pace and being mindful of where I step.
That's great to hear and I'm sure you were ready to get out and do SOMETHING.....
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No kidding, I've been chomping at the bit... Aside from some bench work and using my riding mover to shred leaves, what I can safely do has been pretty minimal, and that's fine. Not worth the risk of re-injury.
All in all, I'm astounded at how quickly my recovery has been, I really thought I was gonna be down for the count for at least 3-4 months. I do outpatient PT twice a week and also at-home exercises which is every day, which believe is the reason why. Honestly, with my daily exercises on top of my daily grind (often takes about 45 min to an hour) — I barely have time for anything... but now, when I do have the time, it's good to be somewhat back to normal.
I've been thru a torn rotator cuff and a complete ACL tear. I truly believe the physical therapy and being diligent about it makes for a quicker and better recovery.
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This was my first ever serious injury, fitst time going on for major surgery too. I agree, sticking with the therapy really seems to help with the recovery.
good set up, I like it. plenty chunks, hand splitting the stix... stone fire ring, fire going... barrels bit off the grnd... nice camp! fall scene... rolling hills, reminds me of infantry training at USMC OCS Quantico, VA... take it easy! u may have lots of scrounges, but u only got one body!
in the meantime... keep up the good work!
- definitely some good looking firewood! -
like our saws can... we do find that we, too... can break! glad to hear u got it fixed...
Many thanks! On a sunny, chilly day it's a great place to do some work and listen to some tunes. I worked till dusk so got a bit more done than what is shown in the pic, but was also constantly feeding the burn barrels trying to get to some of the old punky logs that we've accumulated. Afterwards, I just sat on a log by the fire and had two beers while the sun set. Feels good to be (somewhat) back to normal. Every day gets easier. Thank you for your service, my grandfather of my same name was a USMC Captain, served in WWII Pacific Theater.
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