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Yesterday's Score and Today's Splitting

Discussion in 'Firewood, Heating and Wood Burning Equipment' started by Nosmo, Sep 11, 2011.

  1. Nosmo

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    I have a good neighbor who asked me if I'd like to cut on a limb which had fallen onto his property . I went over to his pasture and sure enough there was the biggest Hackberry limb I'd ever seen. I didn't look around to see the tree it had split from but it must have been 150 years old (just guessing). He had drug it to a burn pile with his tractor.

    I cut branches off this limb 6-8 inches in diameter. That limb section was 391 inches to begin with. I cut 22 rounds which were 14-1/2" long each. I left a section which was about 6-feet long which was gnarled and twisted glad to leave that piece alone.

    Came home with 16 rounds and a couple small pieces on the trailer and 6 rounds in the truck. Another trip home I had the pickup full of bucked pieces from the branches.

    Oh yeah, these rounds except for about 6 of them are way too heavy for me to pickup. I have a crane on the back of my pickup. I have a TSC Big Red engine hoist I've modified by putting a winch on it and I can lift the up to the splitter.

    Nosmo
     
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    looks like a good score man!
     
  3. ckr74

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    Now that's a big hackberry limb. Most of the hackberry trees around here are not as big as that limb. Good score and good neighbor.
     
  4. zogger

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    Nice stuff!

    Big ole chunks! And I have no idea what a hackberry is either!

    How does it split and burn?

    I did the first half of a two weekend rebuild the chimney project.the hunnert year old brick one that got smashed in the tornado. It looked like an ms escher design when I started, got it kinda sorta straight and level now..kinda sorta.....During the week I will be doing some cutting though. Man, I love fall..finally cool enough to tackle a lot of neglected projects...
     
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    Hackberry is ok, usually splits fairly well. Burns about like silver maple. I believe it is a member of the elm family. Keep it off the ground, it will get punky pretty easily.
     
  6. Nosmo

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    Hackberry

    Lets see - Hackberry wood is yellow and as it seasons it turns white. The surface of the limbs and truck are covered with sharp and abrasive bumps and they'll tear a person's hide too.

    My experiences with splitting Hackberry has been good. It seems to split just fine in a hydraulic splitter. For my burning expericences with it -- hot burning but quick burning too.

    But the best part of getting a load like this is ------ I don't care how much I have spent on my saws, splitter, gas and oil or my labor --------I got free wood. hah :msp_biggrin:
     
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    good score
     
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    I like those little scores! A little here and a little there sure adds up.:msp_thumbup:
     

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