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Old January 17th, 2013, 05:10 PM   #1
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A spin-off from the wood boiler thread-

Apparently a lot of us are burning wood- this thread is to discuss what we use to gather wood and process it.

I'll start with a link to arboristsite their firewood and chainsaw forums are excellent with tons of traffic and good resources:

http://www.arboristsite.com/

Here is my stove:



It's a Portage and Main- works great, love the air injection and ash pan.

The property in the picture is where my wood comes from, I generally cut dead elm and ash a few hundred yards from the stove, split it in the woods and haul it up and dump it at the stove. This cuts down on handling the wood too much.

I'm running stihl saws, I have a 360 and an 066. Both saws have 25" bars.

I like the 25" because I don't bend down to cut logs on the ground.

I also have a 32" bar for the really big stuff.

I made a saw box for the front of my quad that holds everything I need to drop and cut up wood. It also has room for oil and mix as well as tools for the saws.



This year I added a fold down shelf to the front of the box for fueling, sharpening and maintenance





The quad with a winch and snach block actually works pretty good to guide down the occasional tree that hangs up in the woods.

I have a speeco splitter that had a POS briggs & stratton that never started good in the cold, so I dropped a 15 horse kohler from an old lawn mower on it.

Yea it's a little bit redneck but electric start is nice and it splits good.



Yea the headlights still work.

My dad has a gator and I used it in the woods a lot, I wanted one but couldn't justify the $$. I found a lesco "gator" on ebay for $1500 and bought it. It is the same as the Cub Cadet model with an 18 horse honda engine, and actually bigger, faster, and tougher than the old gator.



With the box full of hickory the electric dump system needed help, so instead of adding another linear actuator I first just made a bed extension to put more weight behind the hinge. I'm sure it is way overloaded, but it dumps easy.

An over full load of wet wood now makes the front end light.




That's my junk, what 'cha got??
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Old January 17th, 2013, 05:23 PM   #2
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No pics but my family has 2 splitters 3 tractors a gator, dump trailer, a dump truck, and a but load of saws.
We get are wood from the woods out back, other relatives/ friends places, and are township brings us all the trees the cut down.
We usually collect all year then.1 or 2 weekends have a family get together and split and stack it all.
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Old January 17th, 2013, 05:49 PM   #3
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Pallets from work. Allways sniff em before burning in case cats have been around.
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Old January 17th, 2013, 06:06 PM   #4
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I have a Dolmar 7900, 13 to 1, race ported, running 110 Sunoco. A POS '87 F450 dump, and I just picked up one of these.

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Old January 17th, 2013, 06:12 PM   #5
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Old January 17th, 2013, 06:14 PM   #6
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Old January 17th, 2013, 06:31 PM   #7
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I hate to have this discussion because it inevitably gets into the how much money are you saving. The natural gas, propane burners and city dwellers will always bring this up.

We have three saws, a Stihl 170 260 pro and a 361, also a stihl poll saw, a log splitter from TSC, a quad runner is always in the mix, a four wheel drive pick up truck and a four wheel drive 6410 JD loader tractor.

All of these items are utilized to cut and gather.

We have a high efficiency wood furnace that only uses four cord a year to heat the house.

It usually becomes a family get together with up to four families cutting wood in a group.

We are lucky enough to have an almost unlimited availability of wood to cut.

It really does not take a huge woods to heat a house, when I was a kid my parents property was 8.9 acres, only a third of it was wooded, and my dad always found enough wood to heat the house through the winter. I have about 18 acres of woods on my property, and have had many differant familys cut wood off from it in the last thirteen years, and no end in sight.

I feel that fire wood is a significantly under exploited rescorce, it is a shame that so much of it rots away in the fence lines.
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Old January 17th, 2013, 06:55 PM   #8
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my old 111cc Stihl with 36" bar and 025 my original splitter, 36" ram but its gone now, thank god! my 460 magnum with 32" baranother pic of the junker. Had a complete car rear axle under it.
hauling with my old truck at my old houseagainday I got my rhino next old clunker I got for hauling wood. rhino loadedmy old farm truck. I came home from work and the road commission cleared the oak on my road and them guys were on it like hawks. So we loaded every oz we could. Hitch was dragging plow truck loaded and newer splitter. more modern hauling. all maple and pine. It's half gone this year already.
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I have a Stihl 290 Farm Boss Saw w/20" Bar. Troy Built Log Splitter. My Honda 4x4 Quad. Mean Ol' Alice, The Alice Chalmbers 5020 Tractor that we use to skid logs out of the 40 acres of wood that we get gather from.
I'm trying a little experiment this year, and only using the dead standing Elm from the fence rows through out the property. That stuff is burning like coal.
It's helping to thin out some of the fence rows, so I can see through them during hunting season. Plus if we don't get it now, it's going to start to rot, and be useless going forward.
I'm going to start cutting, and stacking fresh cut Oak, Cherry, and Hickory through out the property for next years burning season.
I'm never going to run out of wood in my lifetime.

We enjoy the family time of cutting, and getting outside together during the winter.
But, I do admit it starts to get old by the end of March going into April, but it's worth it in the long run.
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I have a 16" eager beaver and a splitting maul. I need to be more proactive during the summer, it seems like every fall I'm rushing to cut standing dead on my property. I also utilize my three wheeler to haul wood up to the house.
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Old January 17th, 2013, 07:34 PM   #11
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I have a 16" eager beaver and a splitting maul. I need to be more proactive during the summer, it seems like every fall I'm rushing to cut standing dead on my property. I also utilize my three wheeler to haul wood up to the house.
OK thank god. I thought I was doing things wrong with a 1970's wood splitter, Poulan Wild thing, splitting maul and pickup truck.
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Old January 17th, 2013, 07:37 PM   #12
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Old January 17th, 2013, 07:39 PM   #13
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he was at my house today!
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Old January 17th, 2013, 07:59 PM   #14
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sthil ms311 brand new pretty nice


gatta shave b4 ya go out



would have loaded more but was by my self


not me but thats what we use to get wood out of the woods
old wheel horse and custom trailer
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where you think he got the photo? wife was a bit confused by the situation but i explained on the way home. its cool now
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we do it old school. Nothing wrong wit h that
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Old January 17th, 2013, 09:29 PM   #17
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I have a 1976 4x4 gmc short box, a 1990 Yamaha big bear 350 quad with a little yard trailer, 16 inch John Deere chainsaw and a 18 inch echo chainsaw. I split everything by hand with a 6lb maul. I have a add on wood furnace that needs to be hooked up, so in the meantime I supplement heat with a little soapstone wood stove. Only takes up to a 16 inch log max, so that makes it fun,lol




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Old January 18th, 2013, 06:05 AM   #18
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Stihl 026, splitting maul, 88 Jeep Comanche, Homemade trailer, recently built 83 crew cab, 40 acres mostly wooded 30 miles from my house.

The old jeep Comanche is awesome for getting around the woods.

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A pickupget truck, Ms290, 16lb sledge and wedges and an axe
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A couple Husqvarnas, a Hitachi top-handle, a Bolens 1900 Eliminator with chains and wagon, two splitting mauls, a sledgehammer, and two wedges.

I've got a "wood wagon" that holds 2/3 of a cord (4x4x6) that is fully enclosed except an expanded metal bottom. I use that as staging to bring the wood to the house.

I'm more interested in how people get the wood to dry. I'm currently using T-posts and 2x4s suspended by concrete blocks with a tarp over the wood.
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