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Roly
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Whitehorse Canada

I don't get out much
Feb 8th, 2018 11:20 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Used to be that I would get sick of winter mid March.
It's early February and cold as a witches tit.
I am freezing my nuts off splitting wood.
In some cases, the logs are about 1/2 my weight.
Roughly two foot long and 30 inches wide.
Anyone here ever have to split (by hand) wood this big.

I can upload pictures.
Rant over.
cheers

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armadillos
Feb 9th, 2018 12:47 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I actually enjoy splitting firewood.

Put each log section in an old tire and you won’t have to chase the splits. They’ll stay together and make it a lot easier.

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"Still Alive And Well"
Feb 9th, 2018 04:47 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

We gave up on logs for the first time this winter in favour of coal. I`m aiming for a simpler life, even in some little ways. I don`t mind a bit of log splitting if the weather is not too bad, but would rather not have to carry a truck load of logs to the log store from our gate when they are delivered.

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Feb 9th, 2018 12:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Don't they have hydraulic log splitters in Canada?

For a small fee I can ship one :)

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"Thumbpicks don't slide into soundholes"
Feb 21st, 2018 07:29 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Wedges are your friend..........A man that heats this way gets warm twice. Once by Splitting and once by burning .

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I detect the El Supremo
Feb 21st, 2018 08:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

We got a gas burning stove now. That was one of the reasons we moved down off the mountain in Idyllwild. Splitting wood and carrying it in was getting too much for me.

(This message was last edited by JAFO at 10:20 PM, Feb 21st, 2018)

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If you must smoke, please smoke salmon!
Feb 21st, 2018 08:49 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Roly, sometimes I just have to saw down into the end grain of a big round about the depth of the width of the saw bar to help get things started. I use a modified star shaped wedge and cut my rounds about 19" long at most to help make them easier to split.

My buddy dropped a big Spruce this summer that was 68" through at the butt, and 520 years old, it started growing 1600 AD, pretty incredible. I got some giant Red Alder from him that was 26-28" through and while I was spitting it I was thinking about all the single slab Tele bodies these trees could have made.

I love Alder because it splits easy and dries fast after its split. The bark stays tight so you don't make a huge mess, and it burns hot and grows back fast. Most of the time I can get it 6 or 8" which is perfect to burn in the round.

I had my 14 year old boy split a dozen small rounds today after school, It's nice to have some help!

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Feb 21st, 2018 09:38 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Child labor is legal if they're your own kids and you call the jobs "chores."

heh heh

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If you must smoke, please smoke salmon!
Feb 21st, 2018 10:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yeah Peegoo, gone are the days when you could give the neighbor kid a six pack of Bud lite or a bottle of Boones Farm and get em to buck up a few cords for you!

Roly
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Feb 22nd, 2018 02:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

We have a splitter but it will only do 22" logs.
We use it to split 16" stuff for the studio, and to make kindling.
A splitter big enough to split 24s is just too expensive.
I need 24" for the house.
The house is basically R none,so I need to get the best possible pack for overnight burns.
It's warmed up and I'm not hating it so much now.
Just before my first post, the head broke off my 10 pound sledge. (I know..only 10 pounds...forfeit man card)
It was late and the stores were closed.
I tossed the head in the stove to burn off the wood and started carving what was left of the handle down to fit the head.
Slipped with my OLFA knife and cut my right thumb to the bone.
It wept translucent fluid for days before closing up, then it got infected.
Went to the hospital today and got a per for the infection.
Picture to follow.

PS
This big stuff is beetle kill spruce, a local luthier is going to drop by to see if it's instrument grade wood.
If it is....there's a lot of guitar tops in that pile.

Roly
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Whitehorse Canada

I don't get out much
Feb 22nd, 2018 03:12 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Thumb

Doesn't look all that bad but it's painful and bending my thumb is off the menu.

thumb

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