Discussion in 'Firewood, Heating and Wood Burning Equipment' started by mainewoods, Feb 23, 2014.
What I could say about "organic" foods!
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Butt geezz , organic was why I bought it Lol
Oh wait , I could apply all them labels to tap water Lol
Spent most of the day running the splitter, getting all the ash I've been cutting converted to stovewood. This stump was nearly too much to handle, I think it weighed 250-300 lbs.
Probably at about 80% of minimum required winter supply now. The rest of the rounds I have piled should get me to 100%. Everything else will be gravy for next year, and much better seasoned for it.
It just an experience I had with where a "organic" crop was being grown...
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I bought my first hydraulic splitter off a guy who ran an organic salsa farm. Got there and it was pouring rain and the splitter wouldn't start, I said no big deal I'll take it, a motor off Craigslist is only $50. He insisted that I see it run, he pulled and pulled, no joke probably 50 or more times . Then finally she fired up and then he says she smokes a bit when shes cold, thats not totally abnormal right. Well this was a bit more than a little smoke, it was spraying oil out of the exhaust onto the beam . I figured he'd shut it right off, nope, he has to show me that the cylinder will go in and out. Meanwhile there's oil spraying all over the beam and leaking all over the ground . Well oils organic right .
Getting my 250 gal propane tank dropped tomorrow, ran the line tonight in the trench, filled it back in, and tested the new flare fittings, no leaks.
Then did a little hunting. Saw three. Got the first one, didn’t have a shot at the second, and missed the third. I’ll have a tasty breakfast tomorrow though.
This was an easy fix and amazingly I bought the right fuel line the first time. 3” of line and we are back in business!
Saw runs awesome but kill switch doesn’t work. I still have two SXL parts saws so I’ll rob one from one of them.
The one bugger is this saw NEEDS 59 DL chain. Most of the old Homelites you can sub in a 60 DL and there’s enough left in the bar adjuster but not this one.
The 361p runs a cat muffler. The wide open can from the 355t will bolt on and should make a noticeable improvement. If it's anything like the 352 or 400 it would be night and day. I'd like to run a 361 beside my 355 to see how they compare. The 361 has a better flowing intake setup vs the empty muff on the 355.
Wife had a good coupon for these so we’ll give them a try after I drink the three bottles of regular Pedialyte.
Advertised as vegan - I'd refuse to drink it on principle.
I really hate how some words have been usurped to describe something they originally had nothing to do with. Something that is 'organic' is something that contains the element carbon. The word never had anything to do with growing stuff without pesticides or herbicides. But someone somewhere had the bright idea that you can impress dumb inner-city hipsters by taking a word that sounds oh-so-natural and using it to describe their product.
Went out to the willow patch project to end the season by falling a tree, entangled at the top with it's neighbor. Did not go well, I figured it had enough weight to break off the branch keeping it from going clear. It didn't the branch caused it to twist to the right, instead of the left where it should have gone. Packed up and left, called the farmer and advised him the tree needed to be pulled down but it would take the big farm tractor not his utility one. He called back in 3 hours to report it was down but that taken the other tree with it - that one turned out to be rotten. Problem was the rotten tree had fallen across the creek (narrow trench about 4' wide by 6' deep leaving a bunch of trash in the ditch.
So it is back tomorrow again to clear the ditch and end the wooding season.
Winter is coming. I can tell by the number of people stopping to ask if I sell wood. "only to a few of my regular customers" The one today will probably turn into a regular, disabled and daughter is looking for a supplier. We agreed on one cord sometime this week if they decide to go with willow @$120/cord.
Finished filling the woodshed and back porch with about 7 cord mixed locust/willow. I moved some stuff out of the back porch and gained about 5 foot additional space. I ran out of dry wood last witnter some how so I increased the size of the stash.
Farmer who wanted 2 big oak trees taken out of his pasture didn't call. Suits me fine. I was trying to think of a good excuse not to do them as I had promised.
Working up another load of boiler wood this fine afternoon.
66 and sunny makes working in the sun a sweaty experience. But very comfortable as I’m taking a rest in the shade and breeze.
I have 8 rounds left to noodle before I’m done with this scrounged tree.
It wasn't as bad as it looked. 4 hours and all teh top worked up and logs pulled clear of the ditch, came home with over 1/2 load. That should be the last trip for this year...but I will probably yield to temptation and go back on a nice day. Not too comfortable to day, a bit chilly and windy mostly working against me when piling brush.
Got the rest of the Norway noodled. Ended up with well over a cord and a half between one tree and several uglies/cut offs for this project. So not bad for a drive to scrounge.
The Homelite SXL isn’t oiling great and the manual plunger doesn’t work at all so I’ll have to inspect the plumbing.
Cut up most of a Red Oak that fell across the trail. Only problem is that I can’t get my truck up to it. I guess it is going to have to come down the mountain one piece at a time. Never thought my 2 wheel drive 4 wheeler would be a Wood hauler. Need to scrounge a used side by side with a dump bed!
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That looks like Black Oak, which is in the Red Oak family. I'm ready to call it Alligator Oak, because the bark is rough, thick and tough!
I made some beautiful furniture from my milled Black Oak.
Starting to see light at the end of the tunnel. Have 4 cords to go for my personal supply plus my friend wants 2 pickups loads of firepit wood before the snow flies.
Going to put up another load of scrounge tonight if the rain holds off. No more big wood for this year, the biggest stuff just needs to be halved to fit into the boiler.
I feel ya! Split the last of my box elder that I cut this spring. Got 4 14" barkless elm's that have to go than I'm on to resupply for the coming years. I do have one big ol' twisty box elder to take down but I need a hand with it as I have to cut it in 3 different directions as not to hit any buildings or equipment.
There’s three nice large birches in my woods that uprooted in a storm last year but I’m trying to get the stuff that came down two years ago as its right at the point of still solid before going punky. Next spring will most likely be the last hurrah for that stuff if it’s even good at that point. It’s too bad but honestly nobody wants aspen except for boiler wood.
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