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post #2281 of 2856 Old 01-04-2019, 07:00 PM
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Oh my God.... I just read all 153 pages 2278 post of this firewood processing thread. I watched all the videos...
Wow, how long did that take???

Nice arch!

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It took about two weeks... I feel cross eyed... I need a break...


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...I feel cross eyed...
...thanks to Jere's photo posting "skills," no doubt...



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Getting a pretty good start on 2019 firewood. I normally cut a stack 150' long, 4 rows deep. So far have about 110' completed.

I have dibs on 100 ash trees at the Country Club I belong to but they haven't been able to get the trunks off the course due to lack of snow. I normally only cut Red & White Oak plus Hickory but this is going to be super easy, bucked into 8'4" logs dumped on level ground next to the maintenance shop.

Yesterday I met a landowner who just wants this wood gone. These too are bucked into 8'4" cull logs. They are cable skidded so extremely dirty and hard on chains. I cut a truck and trailer load yesterday and a truck load today. (pretty close to 2 cord)
the Ash will burn the day u cut it down.. it is about 19% then.. u could sell it when u get it home & split..


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@Kbeitz Welcome to this little segment of MTF, and thanks for your pictures. I assume you were hauling that long log to a mill. Pretty impressive. Did you build that arch yourself? You've shown some pretty remarkable "inventions" in other segments.

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Yep... Made the arch... Made the mill... Made the firewood cut off saw...
The mill is what got me back into using firewood. I started out burning wood with another homemade stove that I made 50 years ago. Then I bought a coal stoker. The stoker give up the ghost last year so I installed a LP on demand unit. I had all the extra space in my basement from the stoker removed that I decided to build another wood stove. I had so much scrap wood left over from the saw mill and I needed to find a use for it. I also built a log arch on my large trailer to move logs. When people found out I could move logs my phone has been ringing off the hook with people just wanting trees gone. It's been said before saw mill people don't want the logs because of metal inside. I take them. Maybe one out of 10 might have something in it. So if I hit a nail I just stop and resharpen and continue on. No big deal. A blade only cost around $20.00 and The wood is worth much more than that. I have around 60 30" white pine logs to pick up and 4 walnut this month. I enjoy the work. I'm supposed to be retired.
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I love that stove Kevin !...bet it heats up the shop very nicely..

I made an outdoor brush burner years ago ,I used a 275 gallon oil tank ,left it intact,just cut out a large 2x2 foot door out of one end,hinged the cut out piece back onto the tank,and added angle iron around the door opening and on the door to prevent warpage,the air intake I put near the bottom,and I found an old kitchen stove range hood in the dump that fit the air intake perfect..

--I used 1/4" hardware cloth screen on the air intake so hot coals couldn't escape,only used the forced draft when I was burning green pine branches or other smokey materials (tires burned nearly smoke free in it with the forced draft,but got the tank red hot!-but stunk so bad I didn't make a habit of burning those in it )--we tried that at the junkyard,where we used it often outside in frigid weather ..it was mounted on a crude trailer so it was portable..
I used it many years to burn all the downed branches,leaves and other yard stuff..
One day I decided to try hooking it to my garage's chimney and use it to heat the garage..
It got the quonset up to 90+ degrees in less than an hour,but it would consume a whole tree every day,I tried putting old brake rotors and other cast iron scrap in the bottom of the fire pit in hopes it would throw heat longer after the fire died down--it did,but it took quite a bit of wood to get all that iron hot..

I found out drain oil would burn cleanly in it when I tried a drip feed ,using a 1/4" copper tubing coiled up that emptied into a hole drilled in the rear of the tank near the stove pipe--I hung old chains on a hook in that location and the oil would hit the chain and go "whoof",and get them red hot..I only tried that as an experiment,I didn't want neighbors complaining about odors ,but you could barely smell it outside..it took a long time to get the thing going though,and too much wood,so I went back to using the 55 gallon drum stove instead..
Eventually the outdoor brush burner got overheated so many times it warped badly,and one day one of the tires on the trailer got too hot and started on fire and popped..
I decided it was time to retire it..part of it was used to make a plow for a friends tractor,another guy wanted part of it to use as a "dunk tank" to test tires for leaks at his shop...


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Very, very cool! I've never seen a log arch capable of lifting an entire tree completely off the ground. That's extremely impressive!

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I've used the arch to move some heavy logs. I don't like dragging logs. You get to much dirt. I like it for winching the log up over the steep banks.
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Back to the firewood side... The wood stove shown above is used in my home not my shop. Before I sold all my sawmill wood. I made 4x4x4 ft. 1/2 cord boxes to put the cut-offs in. When the box got full I would just pull it up to the road. This coming summer I'm going to build little lift off roofs for each box. It's like wood sheds on wheels. I just back in and lift the 4 point and drive off. There is a winch that lifts the back up. I don't sell any fire wood any more I burn all that I make.
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Last time I took one of these Cherries down a few years ago, the bugs turned about half of each chunk into sawdust before the next year. I've taken three down this year so far with two more to go before Spring. Need to figure out how to store them so I'll have wood next year and not bug leavin's.
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I've used the arch to move some heavy logs. I don't like dragging logs. You get to much dirt. I like it for winching the log up over the steep banks.
That is so cool! Ok so where Northeast PA do you live. I'm in central PA "Lancaster Co"

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That is so cool! Ok so where Northeast PA do you live. I'm in central PA "Lancaster Co"

About 13 miles from Bloomsburg pa.


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About 13 miles from Bloomsburg pa.
I have a buddy that lives in Elysburg, his mom has a house in Catawissa, and a couple guys I know in Berwick.

Small world.

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Wow... My brother owns the garage before you cross the river into Catawissa.


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