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Growing Wood Pilep

Discussion in 'Survival (Preps & Homestead)' started by Bushpilot, Jan 25, 2017.



  1. Bushpilot

    Bushpilot Silver Member Silver Miner

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    IMG_2469.JPG Spent a couple hours cutting wood. Nothing like the smell of fresh cut tamarac or oak inter mixed with 2 stroke exhaust! Takes skill to ensure that no two pieces in the pile are the same length! Lol
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    Lt Dan Gold Pirate Gold Chaser

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    Next year's wood?

    The wood I am cutting now is for next year. What I cut last year is about half used up.
     
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    pitw Gold Member Gold Chaser Site Supporter

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    Oh man I can only wish for some oak. We settle for green poplar cut in January for next winter. Luckily we cut too much last year so not so much this year. Funny part is that we get lots of requests from folk for free wood but I'm getting wise to that ploy.
     
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    glockngold Gold Member Gold Chaser

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    My neck hurts just lookin at it... wait, shouldn't my back be hurting?
    As far as cutting all the same size,
    Who cares, you're not building a bridge across a river.
    As long as it fits in the stove, that's all that matters.
     
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  5. TAEZZAR

    TAEZZAR LADY JUSTICE ISNT BLIND, SHES JUST AFRAID TO WATCH Midas Member Site Supporter

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    I had a 17 trees die on me, hemlock & cedar, piss poor firewood, but, that's the luck of the draw. My favorite is madrone.

    We lost our beautiful driveway center piece, a heart breaker.
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    Nice to have good neighbors.
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  6. pitw

    pitw Gold Member Gold Chaser Site Supporter

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    Poor firewood is better than no firewood.
    It sure sucks you lost those beautiful trees.
    You got great neighbors.
    Met a couple guys cutting firewood in MT that had tie to talk and man them boys had a tree that would have filled 1 1/2 truck box's by itself. I still have a biscuit from that one.
     
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    Just my opinion, but I love hemlock for an open fireplace. Sure it's not the best for heat, but it's about the prettiest. If I'm gonna curl up in front of the fire with a warm and willing member of the fairer persuasion .. I want hemlock on that fire.
     
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    pitw Gold Member Gold Chaser Site Supporter

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    If you want a pretty fire just put some bluestone on it. Copper sulfate.
     
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    Tamarack aka western larch is great splitting wood with good BTU's for here in the NW when you can get it. It's popular amongst the wood burners of E Wa. Love the color of the needles in fall before that shed.

    I burn a variety of lodge pole, Doug fir, and pine with a bit of madrone. Nor'Cal has a similar specie of wood that burns hot like madrone called manzanita.

    I use the bar of my saw with a mark on it to keep my lengths relatively similar. Important for stove fit and for my wife to able to handle the rounds.
     
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    We are spoiled in Missouri. We can get all the oak, maple, hickory you want. Very spoiled. The guy we buy wood from usually slips us some apple or cherry for our smoker too.

    I remember camping up at Custer State Park and trying to cook over an open fire. Pine does not taste good. It would have been better to get charcoal...
     
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    coopersmith for fuck sake.......... Silver Miner

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    We burn elm almost exclusively,with a smattering of western red cedar and osage orange. The native trees here are cottonwood and willow, on the creeks. Living on the prairie, you burn whatever you can get your hands on.

    I am always on the lookout for wood. I have a large 10-15 cord pile of logs in my roundtop. The doors are open half the year, and I live in the desert, so I dont worry about drying or curing. I cut wood when I need it, in the roundtop, split it, then stack it on pallets lined up against the wall. I also collect alot of old cedar posts.
     
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    Plenty of dead pine and cedar here in California. Though it's worse down south, they are saying something to the tune of tens of millions of trees statewide. I've lost dozens of young cedar on my place in the past year or so. We went from 4 years of drought, to being at season rain totals already in January! 22 inches of rain so far this month alone where I am. Hundreds of inches of snow in the Sierras.
     
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    What I burn the wood in to heat two homes.
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    Next years wood supply, well the major share of it.
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    Saw logs and unseen in the little shed is the sawmill.
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    My supervisor, hard at work. I call her Shadow, cuz she follows me everywhere, up until I start up a saw.
     
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    Bushpilot Silver Member Silver Miner

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    Nice boiler Lt Dan. I have a central boiler as well. I feel better after cutting firewood. I actually find it therapeutic. There's about 4 cords of dry tamarack in the log pile and close to 15 cords of mostly red and white oak. I will end up burning some of tamarack this year and the oak the next two years. Thinking of getting another load of tamarack if the price is right, can never have too much firewood around.. I used to split everything by hand but went to a hydraulic splitter last year at my better halts insistence . I had the same handle on my maul for 12 years, had a buddy helping me for two days ruined it by hitting too deep. I replaced the handle and tell everyone to bring your own darn equipment.

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    Lt Dan Gold Pirate Gold Chaser

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    Since I said there was a sawmill in the little shed, decided it would not be off topic to post a picture of it I took last fall. Shed was almost done, couple small thing to finish there, done now. Chair is not in there now, I do sit down once in a while, moved the chair to the deer blind.

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    Willing to bet that your neighbor says the same thing often!
     
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