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British Red

M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)
Dec 30, 2005
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Just been sorting the wood yard. I like to sort it into

Split
Cut
Cut then split

There's no point messing about doing a bit of cutting then a bit of splitting.

Section the small, stack it it 2m cubes.
Split & stack the rounds.
Cut the large limbs then split.

If anyone wants a workout ...

Fire wood yard by English Countrylife, on Flickr
 
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Danqrl

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would you be selling any of the sections? Im after 2 logs to chop down onto when making kuksa or spoons etc. I dont where best to try and get some from, any help or advice from anyone gratefully recieved.
 
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slowworm

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After a few years mostly using our own wood for heating I've just about got the hang of cutting, splitting, stacking and seasoning. It's the moving about of lumps of wood I need to master. Plenty of rather large diseased ash but they're all at the bottom of the valley and we live at the top...
 
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slowworm

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would you be selling any of the sections? Im after 2 logs to chop down onto when making kuksa or spoons etc. I dont where best to try and get some from, any help or advice from anyone gratefully recieved.
It might be easier to find a tree surgeon or someone locally. I've recently cut up a fair sized beech and if anyone had asked me I'd have happily given them some. Postage would be too much to send it though.
 

TLM

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Plenty of rather large diseased ash but they're all at the bottom of the valley and we live at the top...
That is where motorized wheel barrow comes handy, I have had mine for over 10 years and quite happy with it, carries upto 500kg.
 

Danqrl

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It might be easier to find a tree surgeon or someone locally. I've recently cut up a fair sized beech and if anyone had asked me I'd have happily given them some. Postage would be too much to send it though.
thanks for the advice, much appreciated
 

British Red

M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)
Dec 30, 2005
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would you be selling any of the sections? Im after 2 logs to chop down onto when making kuksa or spoons etc. I dont where best to try and get some from, any help or advice from anyone gratefully recieved.
Whereabouts are you Dan?
 
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British Red

M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)
Dec 30, 2005
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After a few years mostly using our own wood for heating I've just about got the hang of cutting, splitting, stacking and seasoning. It's the moving about of lumps of wood I need to master. Plenty of rather large diseased ash but they're all at the bottom of the valley and we live at the top...
A tractor and agricultural trailer and a telehandler with a grab attachment is the easiest way! :approve:

Borrowed a farmer's telehandler a few years back - picking up small trees in one go!
 

British Red

M.A.B (Mad About Bushcraft)
Dec 30, 2005
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Bit of an update that I thought might amuse some here

Needed to clear the dropping part of the wood yard because there may be another lorry load inbound so decided to split some of the rounds today.

Scots pine wood yard by English Countrylife, on Flickr

I favour a sledge hammer & steel wedges for this as the rounds are too heavy to lift onto a splitter

Wedge splitting by English Countrylife, on Flickr

Wedge splitting by English Countrylife, on Flickr

Sledge and wedge splitting by English Countrylife, on Flickr

Now the big rounds are Scots pine & man are they heavy. Only felled this week. Literally dripping with sap

Pine sap by English Countrylife, on Flickr


Split pine sap by English Countrylife, on Flickr

The other thing that was startling was the amount of "fatwood" veins

Fatwood pine knot by English Countrylife, on Flickr

This particular tree was loaded with resin packed pine knots. I recall reading how these, knocked out with the back of an axe, mad bright "candles" when thrown on the fire in poorer houses

Pine knot fatwood by English Countrylife, on Flickr

Axe and fatwood pine knot by English Countrylife, on Flickr

I've knocked out a few pine knots and pieces of fatwood for lighting the stove :wink:

Hugh
 
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Broch

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After a few years mostly using our own wood for heating I've just about got the hang of cutting, splitting, stacking and seasoning. It's the moving about of lumps of wood I need to master. Plenty of rather large diseased ash but they're all at the bottom of the valley and we live at the top...

That's the reason I bought my portable capstan winch. It can haul 2 ton trunk lengths up the 45 degree slope so I can process them on the tracks. I have a 'nose cone' that the chain goes through that stops load digging into the ground.

I also treated myself to an electro-hydraulic 7 ton two-way splitter a few years back. Although I love splitting ash logs with a good axe it causes my sciatica to lay me off for a week after just a few hours :(

I don't envy you splitting all that pine BR!
 
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