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Scrounging firewood

Discussion in 'Firewood, Heating and Wood Burning Equipment' started by mainewoods, Feb 23, 2014.

  1. MechanicMatt

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    We'll the boys were a little late, but they showed up and worked hard. Couldn't have gotten it done without the little punks.
     
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    dancan Spruce , The preferred wood of the Purgatory !

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    That's gonna make for a really nice woodshed there Woodchip !
    Glad the day worked out Matt
     
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    dancan Spruce , The preferred wood of the Purgatory !

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    32 out there tonight .
    Splitter trash , shorts and uglies of dry scrounged spruce choochin away in the furnace with the draft closed keeping the house at 75
     
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    Now I need some doors with screens
     
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    Yeah, uncle Mike rolls in with 11 saws slammed in the mustang. Rocked my chain on my 262 early so was running my 362 when he hands me one of his wicked 60cc ported monsters. Ran three tanks through that beast and then 4 more through Bill's 372. Pops, Uncle Mike and ran saws for hours and the boys ran the splitters. Broke Back Bill managed to run the excavator and we knocked it out the park. Thank god for the two extra boys, the four youngers boys were still splitting wood when my body had checked out for the day.

    Like my uncle called it, all the guys that showed up for the party afterwards were just amazed what and how much we got done.
     
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    svk A little bit of everything

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    Snow is getting a bit deep.

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    That sounds like a great day with plenty to show for it. It must be a good feeling when Uncle Mike rolls up with saws sticking out all over the place. "Yeah, we're gonna get stuff done today". Any pics?

    Me, I spent most of my Sunday doing stuff for other people. A few hours painting the new shop of friends of ours then another couple mowing around the cricket oval for the local club. At this time of year the grass is exploding out of the ground and you have to keep on top of it. Then a bit more time mowing at my place. Painting and mowing aren't my favourite activities but it was at least a productive day.
     
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    here's a pic from the tree stand yesterday morning. lots of corn still standing here. this is the one farm where i scrounge the oak and hickory. i did see some locust trees that got blown over from a windstorm we had a while back. no deer.:(
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    Ill ask my sister if she took any pics, I left my phone in the truck and just worked. That was about the only thing that annoyed me about the 20 crowd that was working. About every 20 min they had to check their phones. Its funny I called them "little punks" I think the two extra helpers are my size, my two nephews tower over me....hehehehehe.
    Older nephew showed up with boots, gloves and ready to work. The younger one, eh..... not so much. Luckily pops always brings extra everything. Yeah, when uncle Mike showed up and started emptying the car, it was a good sign. With that many big saws, when a chain started dulling you didn't have to stop to sharpen, you just grabbed the next saw in line. Some of the logs were just caked in dirt and mud, I wish I had taken a couple before and after pics, two log piles, now 90% split and stacked. The nephews can finish splitting and stacking. All logs bucked up and ready to go through the 6 way TimberWolf
     
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    svk A little bit of everything

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    Sounds like a great day Matt.

    It's always amazing how much work can get done when you have a couple people who know their **** and several young bucks who are good at following directions.
     
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    Yeah, the key to the young bucks following directions is my dad and uncle mike. They keep those boys in check pretty good. Luckily the boys respect the older men enough to listen and do as their told.

    My sister has some pic's so when she emails them to me, I'll post them up.
     
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    “Mike rolls in with 11 saws” is my favorite part! Glad to hear the young lads earned some respect. It’s satisfying to know a hard days work helps someone out who needs it. Congrats on the good day.
     
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    You should have seen the eyes on the party crowd when he was shoe horning them all back into his mustang. My older nephew was going to load them and I quickly told him "NO! he has to do it, they only fit in one way" Uncle Mike is a saw nut for sure.....
     
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    I wish my sister, or anyone else for that matter had pics of the two log piles that we started with.....
    Or pics of all the saws....
    Or a pic of the 8 guys that got it done....

    But, pics are the last thing on your mind when your working. Its funny, its always the day after that I'm like, geez I wish I took pics....
     
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    It was a great time, but like MechanicMatt says, a bit hectic. All the cutting was done by MechanicMatt, his Dad (my brother, also Matt) and me. Bill got an extra delivery of wood and had some other wood on the far side of the garage from his property. In all, we bucked approximately 15 cord. Mostly Oak + Hickory, and some of it dirt covered.

    One guy would work cutting the logs Bill pulled out of pile one with the Excavator, the other two climbed up the second pile and cut the logs in place. For that work the 60 and 70 cc saws with 20" bars are the best choice. Too much over cut with a longer bar, and not enough torque to avoid minor pinches with a smaller saw.

    We got all the cutting done by 2:00, then went and enjoyed the party (Matt's niece's 10th birthday). At first, everyone says "why did you bring so many saws", but at the end of the day we had used everything from 50 cc to 99 cc, and it was hard to find a saw that still had a sharp chain!

    Climbing on the wood pile, MechanicMatt really liked both his MOFO 262 and my MOFO 360. Bill (who is a long time tree guy and a Husky fan) watched my brother bucking the pieces held by the excavator, remarked "I don't think I have ever seen a 70 cc saw cut better than that 044". And when Bill served some Oak and Hickory logs that were too big for the 20" bars, my brother was really impressed with both my MOFO 460 and my 066 with the Cross/MMWS jug.

    With all the Hickory we cut, I was really glad I brought a bunch of good running saws with square file chain!
     
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    We got a bunch too. Sister was not impressed with the pictures I sent of me rodeoing her old sube in and out of deer camp. Little rascal did well.

    NICE!!!!!!

    I'm still amazed that loggers out east haul like that. In my mind 100" lengths make way more sense.

    Your shed is very nice. Looks well thought out.

    And you have a hoe flogging around too?!?!?!? SWEET!!!!!!! I assume it had a thumb. If it did you guys could make serious hay.

    You guys had a good time.

    I've read the situation you were in and here's my take on it. Because I have been there for all of it.

    Equipment holding wood for you to cut. Large saw, big bar whack it down.

    Logs piled up. Large saw big bar hog it in. Kick rounds out of the way and hog back in.

    The crux to this is I used aggressive semi chisel that takes 10 minutes to touch up a 32" full comp chain

    Square file is neat and fast, but i'm back out running before you have 10 teef done.

    Oh...and hoe operater Bill has never seen a Copsey full meal deal 7900 run.
     
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    I haven't either, but now you are going 80 cc, not 70. I'll compare my ported Dr Al 460 to the 7900s, it is a very strong saw, perfect with a 28" bar, even in Hickory!

    Semi will survive the dirt better, but no way it goes through those rounds like my square file, and the square generally held up pretty well. We had to get this done, would rather just break out another saw, and sharpen them all later.

    Also, Bill had a big old Black Locust log he wanted to to see me cut. My 066 went right through it! As I have said before, I think Hickory slows my saws more than any other wood. It is not just about hardness, I think the wood grain in Hickory is just very tough to break.
     
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    It starts with a 7. It's a 70cc saw. lol. I think the few of them in the wild reside at my location and I don't really know of anyone else with more than one.

    I absolutely agree on how semi vs square file works. That being said, I will be out there longer and back in the game faster than someone with square file.

    I have had some bald white oak that was horrid to cut. The 394 was mad until I put semi chisel on it.

    My personal thought is that there is a point of diminishing returns regarding big saw, sharp as nuts chain, and super hard wood.

    The aforementioned white oak would only dust with standard newly sharp full chisel. I put a semi chisel on it and the saw absolutely ate it.

    ETA - 28" bar is a perfect balance on my 7900's. They do very well with that vs 20" or 24".
     
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    Benp you ever hear the story of "The Red Thorn"?? I was a Dolmar that Eric had to "fix". He sure can build a quick saw.

    Uncle Mike, didn't seem like it was 85% Hickory we were cutting?? The maple was SOOOO soft, the Ash soft, and that dang Hickory..... Man that was some tough stuff.

    Did some sawing around my place this morning, got a question....... How small do you guys cut too? I mean when bucking rounds out of the tops?? In years past, I was a wood snob and would just drag the stick out the woods with the tractor and then do all the work near the splitter. This year, the standing dead ash has pretty well been groomed, so I've actually chopped up a few tops. How small around do you guys stop????
     

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