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That may have been it - I vaguely remember, now that yo mention it, "Swedish" being involved...

However - the cuts in these were awfully narrow to insert anything burnable in - no wider than a regular bar... is that usual?
I've seen variations... some are sawn to within a few inches of the bottom then split apart, a strip split off the center part of each of the quarters and then the "log" is reassembled with wire. Some are done in a similar manner but only by splitting. Some are drilled down the center with a large auger bit and then sawn. I saw a large one that had been plunge cut in the end to form a pocket for kindling. Some are sawn with the kerf worried wider and some just a chain width. I have to wonder if the later are done by opportunists who haven't actually used them as I agree that the saw kerfs alone don't allow for much in the way of kindling.

This video shows several methods.

 

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So the pricing isn't bad, if you consider it a canvas for your creativity.
For the seller, it's a great deal more than you could get for fire wood.

I agree. I see ads like that all the time on StL CL for cookies. But at least those are dry.

As for selling wood discs, I often mean to try it, but then I forget to post anything for sale and they dry out and then I burn them. But it does seem like folks will pay a pretty good price, especially if the wood comes from a recognizable forest. If I ever manage to get my act together, I'll let you all know. :)

Yes I was wondering about having to be dry. After all, cookies crack.


For $3 each, I'd certainly buy them! Then I'd rent them out for $4 each.
I've already rented out some 1/2 branches for candles. There's money to be made in that market for cookies and other wood decor for weddings, parties, events, etc. Sell at a high price, rent out at a lower price.

However, keeping the cookies from cracking is tricky. I have a dozen different ideas from a variety of people, and I'm going to be cutting up a bunch of cookies to see what methods work best. Looks like cutting at an angle is a good one, as is having them dry very slowly. Soaking them in PolyEthelene Glycol overnight is also recommended.
Cutting a standing dead log or a log thats been dead for a while is another great tip, but you need to cut it before it rots. Someone recommended gluing a piece of plywood to one side with a piece of newspaper inbetween, - let it sit for 6 months, and then remove the plywood.

Anyway, we'll see what my experiments reveal.
 

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For $3 each, I'd certainly buy them! Then I'd rent them out for $4 each.
I've already rented out some 1/2 branches for candles. There's money to be made in that market for cookies and other wood decor for weddings, parties, events, etc. Sell at a high price, rent out at a lower price.

However, keeping the cookies from cracking is tricky. I have a dozen different ideas from a variety of people, and I'm going to be cutting up a bunch of cookies to see what methods work best. Looks like cutting at an angle is a good one, as is having them dry very slowly. Soaking them in PolyEthelene Glycol overnight is also recommended.
Cutting a standing dead log or a log thats been dead for a while is another great tip, but you need to cut it before it rots. Someone recommended gluing a piece of plywood to one side with a piece of newspaper inbetween, - let it sit for 6 months, and then remove the plywood.

Anyway, we'll see what my experiments reveal.
Let me know how it goes. I'd be interested. I've heard of soaking in PolyPROPYLENE (same, but safer) but I'd be worried about how it would accept finishes. Experiments will tell.

I have a couple of Cherry cookies from a dead standing tree that I made live edge coasters. They didn't crack.
 

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However, keeping the cookies from cracking is tricky. I have a dozen different ideas from a variety of people, and I'm going to be cutting up a bunch of cookies to see what methods work best.
The ‘best’ cookies I cut were from logs / branches (about 4” diameter) that had already dried / seasoned. It wasn’t intentional; it was just what I had when I wanted to test some chains. You want the bark to stay attached too for decorative cookies.

I flattened my one finished cookie on a large belt sander to smooth both sides, then sealed it with polyurethane.. Cutting with a band saw would be better for a production operation.

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I've seen variations... some are sawn to within a few inches of the bottom then split apart, a strip split off the center part of each of the quarters and then the "log" is reassembled with wire. Some are done in a similar manner but only by splitting. Some are drilled down the center with a large auger bit and then sawn. I saw a large one that had been plunge cut in the end to form a pocket for kindling. Some are sawn with the kerf worried wider and some just a chain width. I have to wonder if the later are done by opportunists who haven't actually used them as I agree that the saw kerfs alone don't allow for much in the way of kindling.

This video shows several methods.


Yeah, that makes sense. Because saw kerf was pretty much as wide as they got.

But now I know how to do it... ;)
 

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Future DIL wants cookies for wedding reception tables. I'm thinking of cutting green, applying end sealer, then after 6 months sand them down & finish. Any thoughts?
Someone on StL CL posts them for sale pretty regularly. Couldn't find it though. Looks like they have the process down. Maybe they soak the cookies in Pentacryl?

 
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Future DIL wants cookies for wedding reception tables. I'm thinking of cutting green, applying end sealer, then after 6 months sand them down & finish. Any thoughts?
I cut them no thicker then 2 inch and put them in dry wood chips ,sawdust or kitty litter . Nothing else they dry in a few weeks the object is to dry evenly . Some will still crack . Black walnut I cut 6 weeks ago and oiled it a few days ago. Has a minor crack but it's down to 11% moisture
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When I do bowls I do the same green wood shape then sawdust dries in about a week .
 

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Found the guy who seems to know how to dry them successfully.
 

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Here is a great deal

Oak Firewood - $50​

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