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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.

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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.


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. 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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