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Handling firewood

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willie in mn

01-29-2014 00:25:07
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Beaver Islander's thread below reminds me of my younger days. We didn't have such conveniences way back when. I was always trying to find ways to use a machine to do the backbreaking hand work.
This will probable get a bit longwinded. I don't burn wood, heat with pellets, but that's another story.
Fast forward to when I retired a few years ago & moved out of the big city. Neighbors all had stories about being snowed in for days at a time, so I bought a tractor with loader. Jim, guy up the road, was using his ATV & small trailer to move his firewood. Cut logs in the woods, lift chunks into trailer, haul home & lift them again. After splitting, stack in pile, then load by hand again to haul to the house. Plowed snow with the ATV too. Called for help a few times to lift/drag logs & rescue when he got stuck plowing snow. Bought himself a Bobcat a few years ago.
Things have progressed since then, I have tought him to use his brain instead of his back. He uses grapple on Bobcat to drag/carry logs out of woods & stack near splitting area by shop, built a rack to set logs on so can cut to length while standing straight up, roll chunks onto splitter instead of lifting from ground, made a table on splitter to catch split chunks. Built a bunch of baskets on pallets to stack split wood, use forks to transfer to storage area, & move to house as needed. House is on hillside, can drive to basement entrance, so after dropping a tree, the next real lifting is to carry an armload inside to furnace when needed. More to follow.
Willie

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BeaverIslander

01-29-2014 03:48:27
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 Re: Handling firewood in reply to willie in mn, 01-29-2014 00:25:07  

willie in mn said: (quoted from post at 04:25:07 01/29/14) made a table on splitter to catch split chunks. Built a bunch of baskets on pallets to stack split wood,
More to follow.

Willie


Pictures are worth a thousand words :idea:
Interesting topic and I am always interested in making life easier.

Last year I made two Holz Hausen's (German Wood House.) While interesting, I doubt if I will do more. As the wood dried it shifted enough that some areas collapsed. On the other hand, I did learn a few things so maybe I'd have better luck next time. Each contained about 6 face cords if I remember right, they did go up quick and dried fast. Here is a link to copy and paste if you've never seen them.

http://greenprepared.com/stacking-wood-2013-holz-hausen-german-wood-house/ The page is not mine but it gives you an idea of how they are made.
This post was edited by BeaverIslander at 03:52:30 01/29/14 2 times.

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