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  • The Woodchuck and Firewood Hoarders Thread

    It seems as though at least a few of us share a second addiction of chainsaws, log splitters (thanks to you wonderfully generous deplorables), firewood hoarding and stacking, and in general just making trees our bitches.

    tnichols and I are both on at least one other forum specific to this field, but like us with precision rifles, the guys over there are maniacs for this shit. You can't ask a simple chainsaw question without the general consensus instantly being that you have to have a custom-built pro saw ( and many of them) for every application. I figured there might be some fun in those of us who don't make a daily living at it (with the possible exception of oneshot86 earning his Natty Light money) just sharing some knowledge and pictures of our setups.

    I'm also WAY overdue in following up on Splitzilla's status, so this is as good a place as any.

    I know we've got pics related to this spread all over "what's my view" and a few other threads, but feel free to duplicate / consolidate them here as you see fit.

    So come on 1J04 , MtnCreek MontanaMarine , vh20 , sirhrmechanic, Tucker301 , and all the folks I've seen post up homestead pics, but apologetically can't remember all the user names. Show Off Your Wood!!!!
    Last edited by bogeybrown; 12-27-2017, 10:52 PM.
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    As many of you have brought to my attention, I have been unforgivably derelict in posting up a Splitzilla follow up.

    She's been busy at work and I've already blown out the valve once, which Rugged Made replaced on their dime. There were several of y'all who didn't tell me what you wanted on her, so if you're not represented, let me know what you'd like.



    Last edited by bogeybrown; 12-28-2017, 11:41 AM.
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    • #3
      I like it, however I don’t know how much traction it will get here. Running a saw (especially the larger ones), processing, stacking, etc... is a LOT of work. I’m not a hunter so I guess maybe it’s my way of being out in the timber and enjoying the great outdoors. I love running a nice saw, Miss Lori enjoys the byproduct, which is high quality seasoned firewood which feels good up here this time of year. It was -12 F last night. I’ll see if I can find a pic or two of some of our stash.
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      • #4
        I don't have too many pics of back when I used to do some arbor work, but here's one I had handy for the thread. The saw was either an ms180? or a Husky 346xp....
        Benellis make great boat paddles.. BOOM, BOOM, BOOM......"I never said take'm, WTF, Sorry."

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        • #5
          I don't post pictures of my wood... You remember what happened to Anthony wiener when he did that...

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          • #6
            Great idea Brother. Let's do this. This is gonna be fun.
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            • #7
              Did we ever see a picture of the 'finalized' wood chopper?
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              • #8
                Never leave an ugly stump...

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                • #9
                  I only burn the good stuff....
                   
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                  • #10
                    My absolute favorite is Black Cherry. Doesn’t have the BTU’s of Oak, Hickory, etc... but the smell is intoxicating...

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                    • #11
                      I had a Stihl MS-230 and a Stihl MS-460. Fucking Stihl's! About three years ago the 460 grew legs and walked off the farm. I have been getting by with just the little saw. I have about 120 acres of woods when a hardwood blows down or dies where I can reach it with the log chains I have to pull it into the field then I pull it out and chunk it up and pile it near the house. Then when I get bored I'll go split it and toss it into one of two circular 20 food metal grain bins I have. For splitting I have a Buffalo Turbine splitter. Buffalo Turbine has not made a splitter in about 25 years, now they just make debris blowers and sprayers. The splitter has a US built Wisconsin Robin that runs and starts like a champ. As far as power goes I have seen splitters four times as large stall out on Dutch Elm but this one just grunts and pushes till they give up.

                      The wood I split is just for campfires and fires in the yard with the kids. I'de rather sit outside with them than let them turn their brains into sponge candy in front of the idiot box. We burn three to four face cord per year, I guess I try to keep twelve to sixteen cord on hand, that way if ever I don't get to it for a few years we will not have to curtail the campfires.

                      When I get a black Cherry tree I cut it short and give it to my brother to use in his wood fired pizza oven. You are right the smell of that smoke is out of this world. I been thinking about splitting some about as small as tooth picks then putting three of em into a bundle and pouring bees wax over it in a jar and seeing if it would work as a candle wick. The honey smell form the bees wax and the pungent cherry smoke should go nicely together.
                      Last edited by diverdon; 12-27-2017, 11:14 PM.

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                      • #12
                        Too many Stihls, I'm gonna have to get some Swedish orange up in here.....
                        Benellis make great boat paddles.. BOOM, BOOM, BOOM......"I never said take'm, WTF, Sorry."

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                        • #13
                          Another favorite is dead standing Red Elm. In the timber, they’ll grow tall with not a limb “for awhile” (shameless plug for JC). Bump two pieces together and it has a metallic sound to it...

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                          • #14
                            Add it all up, process, stack, and you end up with a little stash like this. I view ammo and firewood in the same category. I like to stay years ahead.

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                            • #15
                              TnNichols ^ Nice work bud!
                              Benellis make great boat paddles.. BOOM, BOOM, BOOM......"I never said take'm, WTF, Sorry."

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by TheGerman View Post
                                Did we ever see a picture of the 'finalized' wood chopper?
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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by demolitionman View Post
                                  Too many Stihls, I'm gonna have to get some Swedish orange up in here.....
                                  Show ‘em. I’m not a Stihl fanboy, but get along fine with them and most importantly have a GREAT dealer. Tough to find a Husky dealer around here that carries their professional grade saws. Husky makes a fine saw.
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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by tnichols View Post
                                    Add it all up, process, stack, and you end up with a little stash like this. I view ammo and firewood in the same category. I like to stay years ahead.

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                                    Sweet! You might want to think about putting an old board on the floor to stack it on. In my experience sometimes the bottom layer or two or wood can draw moisture thru the concrete. When I was a kid my first job was helping the Old Sawmill Operator in our neighborhood put a wood over concrete floor in his drying barn because the bottom several layers of lumber never got as dry as he prefered for his kiln.

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                                    • #19
                                      diverdon mentioned involving the kids which is another reason I do it. It gets them out of the school house, gym, and away from WiFi. From a productivity stand point, they’ll slow ya down, but it’s a great opportunity to spend time together, learn, and enjoy each other’s company...

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                                      • #20
                                        It’s ok to put ‘em to work too...

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                                        • #21
                                          Okay gents, and Veer_G and TheGerman , that second post marked "place saver" now has a video of the bitch herself at least partially NASCAR'd with some of her handiwork. I couldn't do the thumbnail thing for YouTube so it's just a link. If y'all tell me how to do the other method of posting a video I'll try to swap it.

                                          demolitionman , here's my Xmas present that the missus picked out all on her own for me, just to get some Huskies represented.

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                                          • #22
                                            Tnichols, my kids are the reverse of yours. My son is two years older than my daughter. Looks like good times.

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                                            • #23
                                              Originally posted by diverdon View Post

                                              Sweet! You might want to think about putting an old board on the floor to stack it on. In my experience sometimes the bottom layer or two or wood can draw moisture thru the concrete. When I was a kid my first job was helping the Old Sawmill Operator in our neighborhood put a wood over concrete floor in his drying barn because the bottom several layers of lumber never got as dry as he prefered for his kiln.
                                              You’re correct, it sure does. It’s usually 2-3 years seasoned by the time I get to burning it and with dry winter air we get along ok. That old floor really “sweats” during the spring thaw though.
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                                              • #24
                                                Originally posted by bogeybrown View Post
                                                As many of you have brought to my attention, I have been unforgivably derelict in posting up a Splitzilla follow up.

                                                She's been busy at work and I've already blown out the valve once, which Rugged Made replaced on their dime. There were several of y'all who didn't tell me what you wanted on her, so if you're not represented, let me know what you'd like.

                                                https://youtu.be/XLGBjhP1H8U
                                                Fricken’ awesome!

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                                                  Last edited by Long_Action; 12-28-2017, 12:21 AM.
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