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PostSat Nov 12, 2022 12:03 am 
It's CHAINS REQUARED when going to get large amounts of wood!!!

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PostSat Nov 12, 2022 6:23 am 
I am without a truck AFM so I have been using my Toyo Celica hatchback, back seats down and I can get about 1/3 cord in there. It's not a total POS so I put a tarp down under the wood.

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PostSat Nov 12, 2022 8:05 am 
I watched Jordan's video. That's quite a technique. For many years I also swung a splitting maul to make small wood out of big wood. But as the years ticked by there came a time when I decided that if we were going to continue burning wood then the splitting task needed to be less work. And so here is how I do my splitting now:

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PostSat Nov 12, 2022 8:45 am 
Chief Joseph wrote:
I am without a truck AFM so I have been using my Toyo Celica hatchback, back seats down and I can get about 1/3 cord in there. It's not a total POS so I put a tarp down under the wood.
I used to haul wood with a chevy avalanche. The divider between the bed and cab folds down and could fold the seat down to make it a full 8ft bed. You could really load that thing up. Of course the downside was the spiders that would crawl out of wherever and into your peripheral vision on your shoulder.

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PostSat Nov 12, 2022 8:46 am 
Joey wrote:
I watched Jordan's video. That's quite a technique. For many years I also swung a splitting maul to make small wood out of big wood. But as the years ticked by there came a time when I decided that if we were going to continue burning wood then the splitting task needed to be less work. And so here is how I do my splitting now:
Yep. That will be me soon enough.

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PostWed Dec 21, 2022 5:20 pm 
Old growth tamarack rounds, HUGE, but split easily and burns slow and hot, a lot like coal with very little creosote build up. I paid $250 for the cord, delivered. I would say that the round with the cooler is nearly 48" in diameter.
Cooler pictured is a Playmate 6 packer

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PostWed Dec 21, 2022 8:07 pm 
Chief Joseph wrote:
Old growth tamarack rounds, HUGE, but split easily and burns slow and hot, a lot like coal with very little creosote build up. I paid $250 for the cord, delivered. I would say that the round with the cooler is nearly 48" in diameter.
Cooler pictured is a Playmate 6 packer
That's a good price even if it is in rounds. They look seasoned. Sure would like to swing my axe on those.

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PostWed Dec 21, 2022 9:10 pm 
Seasoned for many years. I was splitting some today easily with just a regular ax. They are from a grove south of Priest Lake that I have not seen but know the general area. They were burnt in a fire many years ago, dead standing and no bark at all. I have never seen a Tamarack even half that size. The guy I buy it from say's that it is petrified wood, not sure but I know it's the best firewood I have ever had by far. I am kicking myself for not buying more. I have a few dead standing trees on my property that I will likely be harvesting this winter.

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PostWed Dec 21, 2022 9:14 pm 
The cat likes it as well.
Funny how he stretches out to get warm and balls up to keep warm.

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PostWed Dec 21, 2022 10:34 pm 
Perfect time for it. I finally have a reason to burn my premium wood.

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PostWed Dec 21, 2022 11:32 pm 
Yes, just a bit below zero here so have the stove burning hot. Next week when it's near 40 I am going to do gas and electric to save on firewood. Plus the humidity here is very low, around 30 now and gets lower and of course a wood stove makes it drier.

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PostThu Dec 22, 2022 6:16 am 
iron wrote:
as someone who has collected 20+ cords of free firewood from CL ads, i feel qualified here (even though i've never bought presplit stuff) there is no single seller out there that will give you seasoned wood. none. it's not possible. for them to season it means that they split it, stacked it in a dry spot for at least a year, likely two, and now is handing over to you. not gonna happen. some stuff seasons faster than others, but unless it's split to 2" pieces, it takes at least a year. before we moved to canada, i had 14 cords of storage cobbled together around the perimeter of my house. it was a lot of work late at night to go get the wood, then split, and stack, and burn, and clean, etc. but, my wood was perfectly seasoned. i argue that you need a 3 year rotating cycle to get correct seasoning of wood in W. WA.
I have a 10x20 woodshed, but only burn a 10x10 each year. When and if I totally catch up, I will only burn wood that has seasoned for 2 summers under cover. One thing I found, having some oak, madrona, and maple that I split into slender pieces, thinking that that would help it dry is that wood, dries out the ends more than out the sides. Stick some damp wood on the fire and it froths out the ends, right? Iíve actually gotten better drying by cutting short, fat pieces. Also, with my EPA certified Quadrafire, even with the stove completely damped down, I have difficulty getting a slow burn. By cutting long, skinny pieces, I wind up with too much surface area per volume and the wood burns too quickly. Not only do the short, fat pieces dry better, but the surface area is much less and Iím able to control the burn much better. The stove, being downstairs and the pipe going through what is close to the center of the house creates an insane draft once it gets going. May see if I can install a double walled damper and improve my slow burn.

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PostThu Dec 22, 2022 8:20 am 
I've been watching some of this guy's channel on YouTube. Never thought watching people cut firewood would be so entertaining but we are in the throes of winter. https://www.youtube.com/@mountainlifewithdavidkelsie/videos

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PostThu Dec 22, 2022 8:33 am 
RichP wrote:
I've been watching some of this guy's channel on YouTube. Never thought watching people cut firewood would be so entertaining but we are in the throes of winter. https://www.youtube.com/@mountainlifewithdavidkelsie/videos
I watched about a billion of these videos trying to decide which chainsaw to get. Been happy with my Husqvarna 562XP

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PostThu Dec 22, 2022 11:23 am 
I've bought Apple wood from the people that advertise "seasoned fruit wood" on Craigslist Seattle several times. Their phone number is 1 (509) 901-9742. I've been fairly satisfied. I have several 1/4 cord racks, and have always ended up with a little more wood than I ordered. On the other hand, on one occasion the wood wasn't as seasoned as I would have liked. However, that's why I have several racks and burn the wood first-in first-out. Overall, I'd give them a B and recommend them--just be sure to be clear about the size of the pieces you want (they usually ask) and emphasize that you want well seasoned firewood. ETA - My brother-in-law and I split the cost of a "prosumer" Husky chainsaw many years ago, but I don't recall the model number. He uses it more than me (and also does most of the maintenance) but it's still going stront, and neither of us has any regrets.

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