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post #751 of 2931 Old 11-13-2015, 05:26 PM
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Jere.. since ur doin the scratch & sniff stuff.. try burnin some of it (OUTSIDE) & see if u smell it then.. this may not b a great wood to burn in a fireplace


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A chilly wind here at the end of the week brought out the pickups. Had two trucks on the property at the same time picking up firewood from their prepaid stacks. One family had a 6 year old helper who worked for an atv ride thru the woods.

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Well I am going to try and cut load #24 before it rains today. I have been busy with the apple orchard renovation. Here are pics from last Monday grubbing stumps out with a small excavator and me in the skid steer with grapple. The stumps filled up a 20 yard roll off container.

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Here are pics from last Monday grubbing stumps out with a small excavator and me in the skid steer with grapple. The stumps filled up a 20 yard roll off container.






Someone doesn't read directions, neither do I, who needs them?? "Do not fill above this line" well Mr. Line, what are you going about it?
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Someone doesn't read directions, neither do I, who needs them?? "Do not fill above this line" well Mr. Line, what are you going about it?
Good catch, I didn't see that.

I run this machine all Winter at a local school moving snow. I never used the grapple on it before and all I can say is

The grapple is just like an extension of your hand, a real big hand.

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Out and about today on the job I saw several pickups loaded with split wood and couple more off to the side being filled. Guess some people are starting to get cold around here now too.

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I'm slowly getting into the firewood business. Bought a Husqvarna 435 saw on Black Friday 2015. Wasn't a sale price but reasonable at $269.99 plus I bought engineered fuel and bar oil ... $308.xx

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Sold my first batch today for $35 to my friends' father, who split the wood. I cut the wood and his cousin stacked it. I delivered also. The man gave us each $10 and I received another $5 for using my saw and my truck.

It was a half a face cord but it's just the beginning. The 3 of us could probably do a full face cord (4'x8'x16") in an hour- hour and a half. Sell it for $60...$20 each, $15 an hour ain't bad
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Split up some cherry and a little bit of an old apple tree that was falling down. Time to get it stacked in the wood shed.
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Cherry is great firewood,but all the cherry trees in my yard that have come down or stood dead a long time,were loaded with carpenter ants--so I cant store them inside,I only bring in what I'll toss right in the stove,to avoid inviting unwanted ants into the house..

Cherry is HARD wood too,I have to sharpen my saw chains after each tree,or you will be able to tell its not cutting good..sometimes I see sparks come off the chain,and there is no metal in the trees!..

I feel its a shame the cherry trees in my yard grew all crooked and gnarly ,the few straight ones that have died are loaded with mushrooms on the outer layers...they would make some nice furniture if not for them being all twisted up..


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Cherry is great firewood,but all the cherry trees in my yard that have come down or stood dead a long time,were loaded with carpenter ants--so I cant store them inside,I only bring in what I'll toss right in the stove,to avoid inviting unwanted ants into the house..

Cherry is HARD wood too,I have to sharpen my saw chains after each tree,or you will be able to tell its not cutting good..sometimes I see sparks come off the chain,and there is no metal in the trees!..

I feel its a shame the cherry trees in my yard grew all crooked and gnarly ,the few straight ones that have died are loaded with mushrooms on the outer layers...they would make some nice furniture if not for them being all twisted up..
Any of the wood with bugs in it gets burned in the wood furnace in the shop. We find some of the dead alder has termites in it around here. I leave some snags for the Pileated woodpeckers to dig in. They need to eat too.

The apple tree we cut had a hollow trunk with a starling nest in it and the branches we pretty knarly . I think it will be shop would also. We cut one piece of cherry in to boards to see what it looked like. Might be good for a wood working project.
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Broke out the Ford 9N with the cordwood saw and started processing the slab wood from the sawmill. I was surprised that about half of it is ready to burn, just need to split and stack. I guess the top pieces in the stack kept the rain off.
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Broke out the Ford 9N with the cordwood saw and started processing the slab wood from the sawmill. I was surprised that about half of it is ready to burn, just need to split and stack. I guess the top pieces in the stack kept the rain off.
This is primarily all we burn anymore. Even green slabs dry amazingly fast.

A guy can process a bunch of it in hardly any time as well.

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Just back from the cabin where I noted that Mother Nature delivered a nice load of oak to our front yard.

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We'll let it season a little more till Spring then cut it and haul it to our wood shed in the back. Hope to discourage the opportunistic and lazy wood thieves. Since cabin sits near the middle of a million acres of state forest.

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Looks like a nice place Jere. Can you drive right to it? Or do you have to take wheelers?

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Same dead tree fall, slightly different angle. We have easy access from a state route in front of our cabin on a stone chip driveway.


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