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Scrounging firewood

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

  1. Backyard Lumberjack

    Backyard Lumberjack Tree Freak

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    nice clean truck, JM. u should like it. will look fwd to some action pix!! seems to have some nice upgrades, too and recent service. at least you wont have to change out the rear main seal! :popcorn2:
     
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    my pine stack was getting low. had the cutter set aside some pine for me... as we cut up the large widow maker that fell other day in my yard... right where I was working only a few hours ago... and had planned to also do that morning. fate was on my side... I don't burn pine often, but like to keep a stick or two of it out of tradition... as no doubt those early pioneers crossing the rockies and traveling the high cascades... burned some pine. cooking, warming, clearing... and scrounging!

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    speaking of widow makers, noticed one right across the street other day. oak. short, but split and hanging! homeowner had no idea even though above and just to side of driveway. would have hurt someone bad, or vehicle had it fell. quite heavy! came from here:

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    I noticed it was gone, and thot maybe on curb. it was. so I went and got it all. barely 100' from my driveway. my kinda scrounge!!! lol... got it home and cut it into chunks, the big, heavy pcs... ready to split. surprised a bit at how heavy the larger sections were... PC030016.JPG PC030017.JPG PC030018.JPG

    it is always... raining oak in my neighborhood. I have no competition for it... but one stack of oak other day I had my eye on... there Sat, gone Sun... nice farplace sized... gone! no doubt headed for a smoker... several good piles just down the street of other wood, but I have enough currently... for the time being. tree/brush pickup in a few days.
     
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    svk A little bit of everything

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    Some future scrounge.

    I hate big balsams. Been slowly working my way through these behind my shed and have taken down at least a dozen already. They are always one strong wind storm from crashing down on your stuff.

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    Big aspen battered by wind storms. I’ll lay this one right into the road for easy processing.
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    chipper1 Living Life to the Full

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    They don't seem to have as much effect on cutting as the large bumpers, but if you use a progressive gauge on them I find you will have to file/grind them towards the end of the chain and even earlier depending on how low you prefer your rakers. On chains like that I prefer to make the hook more aggressive and to take less off the raker then I dont need to file them as much.
     
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    Before my parents bought their compact farm tractor, my father had a trailer similar to mine (where I got the idea) with a small four-wheel cart he towed behind that for his saws...it served him well.

    Now he loads the wood into the loader bucket and has a three point hitch hauler for the saws...

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    A buddy wanted this mess of an ornamental cherry(?) Removed. Ton of brush but I used his tractor and put it in a burn pile for him to take care of later. I get the ash piled up next to this stuff too[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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    Well, I read some bad news...

    A friend I graduated high school with had his father pass away yesterday. The article said it was an accident while cutting firewood, I can only assume it happened at their camp.

    Be safe out there, all it takes is one time...



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    Sad,

    And scary,

    “Be safe” is right.


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    dancan Spruce , The preferred wood of the Purgatory !

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    Can't like that , sorry to hear .
     
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    Good score.
    That looks like as much work as cutting some of the invasives :eek:.
    Those can have a million branches, not fun at all.
    Nice you didn't have to haul that brush anywhere, that stuff fills a trailer quickly.
     
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    Sorry to hear that.
     
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    First couple times I used the Husky roller guide I thought I did something wrong, like @James Miller said, they cut great but a totally different chip.
     
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    Finally got done with that big chestnut tree that I cut up for that couple from our church that is in their 80’s. Needs stacked yet but all the wood came from that one tree. Told them somebody else can stack since I did the cutting, hauling and splitting.
     

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    Brush is the thorn in the side of every good scrounge. Luckily your situation had a positive solution :)
     
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    Another load of mostly cherry from my buddy - still got a few more stacks at his property. One is easy access and a couple he said can wait until fall when the overgrown weeds are down a bit.
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    I won't touch brush...the owner has to understand I'm using my resources (time, equipment, fuel, etc.) for taking the large stuff to help them out; and for nothing other than that useable wood. If they don't like those terms, they can wait for the next guy.

    Most of the finds I get are where the owner has a tree taken down, and the tree company takes the brush and leaves the trunk. This is to save the homeowner some $$...

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    No pics yet but I have a stacked long box load of balsam for fire pit wood. Will drop that off in the morning. It split fairly easily and since it was cut this spring and last fall it wasn’t as sappy as fresh cut would have been. I’m making a point to do that with balsam these days to cut down on the mess.
     
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    svk A little bit of everything

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    Ready to roll.

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