I got wood

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Doofus

16,137 posts

140 months

Sunday 2nd August 2020
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Harry Flashman said:
...plenty of old man stretching and warming up/down...
That's a different sort of wood, amd a different sort of thread.

Harry Flashman

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15,428 posts

209 months

Sunday 2nd August 2020
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True, that.

rxe

5,254 posts

70 months

Monday 3rd August 2020
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The wall of wood is coming along:



I think we’re about half way there. Here is the last trailer load from site, it might have been a little bit more than three tonnes, not sure.


Condi

12,285 posts

138 months

Monday 3rd August 2020
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The tyre thing looks to be a pain in the ass. I've never had an issue splitting them without and you can just throw/kick the end product away without having to dig it out from inside a tyre. Each to their own, if it works I guess, but try without and see what you prefer.

rxe

5,254 posts

70 months

Tuesday 4th August 2020
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Depends on what you’re splitting and how you’re doing it.

If a log has to be split into more than 2 sections, the tyre is a godsend, First split - bits are retained. One step to the left, whack, whack, you’ve got it in four. Picking up halves for resplitting is a pain in the arse. For 2 section logs, it makes little difference.

Also depends on how you work. If I’m on my own, it is pick up log, split, stack, next log. The tyre again helps because the bits are to hand rather than shot all over the garden.

ATG

17,957 posts

239 months

Tuesday 4th August 2020
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I recently reappropriated my saw buck from my son who'd used it to build a den ... i.e. it formed one side of his den. I then sawed a load of wood by hand, split it with a maul and stacked it. And all was right with the world.

ATG

17,957 posts

239 months

Tuesday 4th August 2020
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Tyre very handy for logs that need to be split into several bits but are still small enough to go flying on the first split. Splitting really big stuff that stays still as you whack chunks off it is the best.

dickymint

19,639 posts

225 months

Tuesday 4th August 2020
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ATG said:
Tyre very handy for logs that need to be split into several bits but are still small enough to go flying on the first split. Splitting really big stuff that stays still as you whack chunks off it is the best.
Not tried this but looks better than a tyre.......

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jm5PNhqeqQ

Can't find the link but I have seen purpose made "springs" for sale.

anonymous-user

21 months

Tuesday 18th August 2020
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Just had an satisfying half hour trying out my new axes


daimlerv8

3,012 posts

47 months

Tuesday 18th August 2020
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Being the whimp that always got sand kicked into his face,I prefer my gas C/H!

Harry Flashman

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15,428 posts

209 months

Tuesday 18th August 2020
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I have so much left to do. Have several cubic metres of split logs and the pile of rounds doesn't look any smaller.

Totally addictive exercise though, so no bad thing!



Haven't even started cutting these down, but at least they are well seasoned already. Chopped up branches, been under cover for years and are bone dry.


anonymous-user

21 months

Saturday 22nd August 2020
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I’m thinking of advertising that if anyone doesn’t want to pay gym membership, they can come here and do a) 30 mins aerobic barrowing logs from the woods to the prep area and then B) 30 mins conditioning chopping said logs with the 1.5kg (or for the stronger ones the 2.5kg) axe

That’s a pretty decent hour of effort I reckon

DeejRC

2,396 posts

49 months

Sunday 23rd August 2020
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So - chopping wood etc...
You lot are talking manual axes - ok. What about recommendations for chainsaws etc?

I’ve - acquired - woodland I need to manage. Help?!

sherman

8,902 posts

182 months

Sunday 23rd August 2020
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DeejRC said:
So - chopping wood etc...
You lot are talking manual axes - ok. What about recommendations for chainsaws etc?

I’ve - acquired - woodland I need to manage. Help?!
Petrol Sthil and blade slightly longer thsn your trees are wide

S6PNJ

4,274 posts

248 months

Sunday 23rd August 2020
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DeejRC said:
So - chopping wood etc...
You lot are talking manual axes - ok. What about recommendations for chainsaws etc?

I’ve - acquired - woodland I need to manage. Help?!
I have 4 acres of woodland and use a Husky 435 fitted with a 15" bar, though it will take up to an 18" bar - https://www.frjonesandson.co.uk/products/husqvarna... I've had it for about 4-5 years now and it's great. My house heating is biomass so I need to process my wood for burning and store/season about 20m3 per year. I use a 6 ton log splitter (mine is made by Handy - https://www.thehandy.co.uk/machine/6-ton-electric-... and whilst I've removed all the guards, it manages to split just about all I throw at it (and I throw a LOT at it!). Split your wood prior to seasoning, not after, it splits much more easily.

As ever, if you are going to get a chainsaw, make sure you get suitable PPE (trousers, boots helmet, ear defenders, gloves) before using it! If you already have any 18/24/36/54v power tools, consider a battery chainsaw over a 2 stroke one. Lidl often have chain sharpeners for sale £19.99, so if you don't want the aggro sharpening chains with a file, this helps a lot.

DeejRC

2,396 posts

49 months

Sunday 23rd August 2020
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PNJ - awesome post!
Yep, about 4 acres here - though that will expand to about 18-19acres within a yr.

Thanks for the info, much appreciated!

ATG

17,957 posts

239 months

Sunday 23rd August 2020
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S6PNJ said:
IMy house heating is biomass so I need to process my wood for burning and store/season about 20m3 per year.
I'd be very interested to hear about your setup, if you don't mind? Are you using a log burner to dump heat into a thermal reservoir, then using a heat exchanger to run radiators? What kind of trees are in your woods and is extracting 20m3/pa sustainable from 4 acres over the long term?

S6PNJ

4,274 posts

248 months

Monday 24th August 2020
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ATG said:
S6PNJ said:
IMy house heating is biomass so I need to process my wood for burning and store/season about 20m3 per year.
I'd be very interested to hear about your setup, if you don't mind? Are you using a log burner to dump heat into a thermal reservoir, then using a heat exchanger to run radiators? What kind of trees are in your woods and is extracting 20m3/pa sustainable from 4 acres over the long term?
ATG - I've started a new thread so as to not derail Harry's thread - see here: https://www.pistonheads.com/gassing/topic.asp?h=0&...

Aprisa

1,634 posts

225 months

Monday 24th August 2020
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This is one of my Lockdown projects, just about to build another which will be horizontal and have a thinner, sharper wedge for really knotty wood.

S6PNJ

4,274 posts

248 months

Monday 24th August 2020
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Aprisa said:
This is one of my Lockdown projects, just about to build another which will be horizontal and have a thinner, sharper wedge for really knotty wood.
Looks great - will you do a build thread on it? What do you power it from? Portable hydraulic power pack, small digger/tractor or something else? Do you know roughly what ton rating it is?