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Scrounging firewood

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

  1. svk

    svk Firewood and Saw Collector

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    When I see big piles of saws like that I am always amazed at how many are partially stripped down and then never repaired. I mean if you have cylinder issues you can usually diagnose through the exhaust port. But there is a constant stream of stripped down saws and of course the crankcases are full of dust and grit from sitting and being transported. I try to not do that until I have all of the parts I need to repair it.
     
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    LondonNeil Addicted to ArboristSite

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    talking of which....since i have a box full of ms660 and the crank open....what's the best way to clean it out of any dust and debris?
     
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  3. coryj

    coryj ArboristSite Operative

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    I cut some wood on Sunday. I hauled home a load of red oak and a load of white oak. Screenshot_20180314-130544.png Screenshot_20180314-130519.png
    Here is what remains of the red oak after I filled the trailer. Someone had already gotten all of the branches and left just the trunk from the routes up through a big gnarly crotch.
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    It was nice to have something big enough to use the 372 I bought a few months back. With a 24" bar I needed to cut from both sides by just a little bit.

    There's still plenty of the white oak left, probably a trailer and a half.
     
  4. MustangMike

    MustangMike Addicted to ArboristSite

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    Flush it with mix.
     
  5. chipper1

    chipper1 Tree Freak

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    Very nice load there.
    I like white oak a lot.
    It looks as though the truck and trailer do a great job.
     
  6. chipper1

    chipper1 Tree Freak

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    When you wear the stihl is the only way to fly glasses your vision becomes a bit blurred:cool::lol:.
    I agree with Mike on the mix for cleaning it out, but I believe in preventative maintenance so I buy huskys, much better air filtration ;).
    Many shops get people who drop saws off, they tear them down and write an estimate, then the people won't spend the money to fix them and they get tossed aside. It's much like the tops of trees that loggers and land owners alike leave to rot in the woods, there is money in them, but they are picking up dollars instead of tripping on dimes. I have other examples of this, but I'm not allowed to discuss those because I might kill the firewood section of this forum:sucks:.

    Pretty sure I see a stihl over there, oh there's another hiding too LOL.
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  7. chipper1

    chipper1 Tree Freak

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    Sounds good to me, I'll turn the coffee pot on, just let me know when :drinkingcoffee:.
     
  8. coryj

    coryj ArboristSite Operative

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    They do okay, but they're both smaller than I'd like and I'm looking forward to buying a full size truck and a tandem axle trailer this summer. I borrowed the trailer in the picture from a buddy of mine. Beginning in June I will only have one kid in daycare/preschool for the first time in five years which will free up a nice chunk of change.

    @chipper1 is there a poulan 245a in the load of saws? I need some parts and it may make more sense to buy a parts saw. Thanks.
     
  9. chipper1

    chipper1 Tree Freak

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    I got by for a long time with a Nissan Quest/mercury villager mini van and a 3500lb 6.5x12 steel trailer. Then I upgraded the trailer to a 6.5x16 steel and got an hd chevy, then I bought a 6.5x12 aluminum, then I sold the steel because I sold the truck, then I got a 20' aluminum trailer, after that a 4x8 and a 16' enclosed, now I want another one something around 5.5-6x10 :dizzy:.
    It's like saws, a one trailer plan just won't work :laugh:.
    I'll see, but I don't think there was a 245a in there.
     
  10. Cowboy254

    Cowboy254 Amateur wood cutter, married to pro wood burner

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    I have read something similar regarding turpentine and stringybark (possibly the same interweb root source) but there are umpteen stringy species and specifically it was white stringy that wasn't good to burn (no reason given why though). Whether or not it is true I don't know and the challenges of identification make it difficult to be certain. Red stringy is good though, no doubt about it and generally ok to split. According to my Aus wood book however, Turpentine is about the most difficult Australian wood to burn despite the stinky extractives in the bark. Just doesn't want to combust apparently.
    Nice work @coryj . The danger ranger might not be as big as you like but it would still drag my loaded trailer and Subaru backwards. Having not driven the suby for a while I noticed that it seems to have lost a little power (not much margin there to start with) over time. There's a hill coming out of town it could just accelerate up in top gear at the 60km speed limit but now it can't. I'll wear it out towing wood around in the next few years then might look at a late model ranger or equivalent. If you want anything bigger over here you need very deep pockets. Be prepared to part with $150,000 for a new Silverado, GMC or F250 or $80,000 for one 10 years old with 100,000km on the clock :nofunny:.
     
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    chipper1 Tree Freak

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    Wow, I'd be scrounging hard for a good used vehicle truck or not, I'd make it work, that's what trailers do best.
     
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    chipper1 Tree Freak

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    Sorry, no 245a, but there is a 255, and a 375.
    I also found another stihl, mag case too, sorry guys :(.
    It looks tiny, 026?
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    Any old Echos in that pile? And pics of the yellow 4000 if you have time.
     
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    bigfellascott ArboristSite Operative

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    bigfellascott ArboristSite Operative

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    She's red stringy around here and she burns very well indeed I can usually get 10-12hrs burn out of it overnight and have coals left over that will ignite the next load for the day.


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  16. KiwiBro

    KiwiBro Hold my beer and film this...

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    It stands to reason why that car needs tyres so often. Have you run the numbers on burning tyres instead of firewood? Might be cheaper.
     
  17. farmer steve

    farmer steve outstanding in my field, 5150

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    todays scrounge while the ground was semi- frozen. not much but worth its weight in fossil fuel. real nice hickory. 2 years season time if i get it split soon.
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  18. farmer steve

    farmer steve outstanding in my field, 5150

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    ok firewood know it alls. name the wood. it's not SPRUCE!!! i only get this once in a great while and when i do it's all mine. sorry no leaves to show you. this wood is dense. look at the growth rings in pic 2 20180314_143919.jpg 20180314_143928.jpg 20180314_143958.jpg
     
  19. Bobby Kirbos

    Bobby Kirbos Scrounger of Cellulose Based BTUs

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  20. Cowboy254

    Cowboy254 Amateur wood cutter, married to pro wood burner

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    That be black birch :laughing:
     
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