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With the price of energy this winter I am sure everyone has been harvesting fire wood to burn for heat.

Show us your set ups for cutting splitting and burning.

I have a friend in the tree business I buy fire wood from him because I like to support my friends and family 

I do harvest the dead falls on my property here is a pic of some I brought from the back of my pasture this spring 

Spilt by hand I really need to get a 3pt splitter I am getting to old to swing the maul all day  

 

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I like my wood heat. Built my first stove 20 years ago. It still gets used sometimes. I would like to put a splitter on my mini excavator.  Sledge and wedge splitting is killing my back and elbows. 
Pictured is my current stove. It is built from a 300 gallon fuel tank. I cut 18” out of the length, then added 11 3” exchanger tubes in the top. Put a blower off an old house furnace on the back to force air through the exchanger tubes, otherwise they overheat. 

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This wood boiler heats the house, shop and domestic water. I thought that I had an overall picture but I don’t. 
I haven’t split any wood for it yet. I’ve been cutting the bigger diameter logs short enough to handle, but I have bought a 3pt log splitter for the next years wood.

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59 minutes ago, jeeper61 said:

Got my 1st load the other day 

Amongst friends we deal in cash or barter  

 

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...in our little Socialist Paradise   , Jeeper.....Our glorious leader,    ''Donkey Chompers, ''  who tends to handle the truth  a little carelessly. ...(.especially on her most remarkable achievements ...breathlessly out lined to the UN  general assembly...)....does not approve the peasants   doing    ''barter  or cash '' deals.....This sort of underhand  wrong doing , this fiscal defiance can impact on the tax take, you know....thus possibly depriving some useless male leech ..from getting a benefit..........which ..in turn ..could ultimately deprive this piece of left wing excrement ...a vote  !!

Two issues here, Jeeper....swingin'    that maul will keep you going another mile or two (:))...and secondly,  you must have a very benevolent regime in place, to watch over you peasants  with a more 'avuncular ' attitude ...than we down under have....

Mike

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3 hours ago, jeeper61 said:

With the price of energy this winter I am sure everyone has been harvesting fire wood to burn for heat.

Show us your set ups for cutting splitting and burning.

I have a friend in the tree business I buy fire wood from him because I like to support my friends and family 

I do harvest the dead falls on my property here is a pic of some I brought from the back of my pasture this spring 

Spilt by hand I really need to get a 3pt splitter I am getting to old to swing the maul all day  

 

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Nobody realizes how efficient wood heat really is. That bucket full of wood already heated you twice.

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AE0D53E5-C052-4C70-B2B6-2F83A10B647A.thumb.jpeg.7be661f62d403a472da4ce969adf23b5.jpeg3 pt hitch  splitter, farmi JL 601 winch,  MS460, MS360,MS361, central boiler stove.  First picture is 36 inch long for my stove.  16-18 footers in a second picture go home and get cut and split to 18 inches for my parents.  They are in there 70 ‘s.  The just bought a new wood master and love it.  I have added to the pile of wood since picture were taken.  There is another pile of logs on the other side of the woods I do not have a picture of. 8B0DE0AB-A63B-41A7-AD7F-CF3E848A98A6.thumb.jpeg.3d4ee4d1a8067ad0798d516e12471e8f.jpeg

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17 minutes ago, Paystar5000 said:

AE0D53E5-C052-4C70-B2B6-2F83A10B647A.thumb.jpeg.7be661f62d403a472da4ce969adf23b5.jpeg3 pt hitch  splitter, farmi JL 601 winch,  MS460, MS360,MS361, central boiler stove.  First picture is 36 inch long for my stove.  16-18 footers in a second picture go home and get cut and split to 18 inches for my parents.  They are in there 70 ‘s.  The just bought a new wood master and love it.  I have added to the pile of wood since picture were taken.  There is another pile of logs on the other side of the woods I do not have a picture of. 8B0DE0AB-A63B-41A7-AD7F-CF3E848A98A6.thumb.jpeg.3d4ee4d1a8067ad0798d516e12471e8f.jpeg

Is your wood master a conventional or a gasifier?

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You want a firewood story ???

I will give you a firewood story that graphically shows the F.....ing    stupidity of (a)   ...the left wing nut jobs and (b)  .the globull   warming fiasco

Greymouth , South Island NZ  has a new Hospital..and one year gone has had a state of the art Coal fired boiler installed for the obvious reasons of heating and incessant hot water supply etc etc

New Zealand has huge quantities of high grade coal...currently exported to Asia ..Greymouth is more or less situated in the middle of the best coal available..The Hospital is six miles from high grade 'burning coal ''

But now,..some divine lunatic in Govt has decreed that the new , very expensive boiler has to be converted to burn wood chips .. The wood chips are coming from a exotic forest in the middle of the North Island..  The tree has to first cut down...using   diesel power..then run through a huge chipper...using guess what !!  diesel power to get the tree to the chipper and then more diesel to heave said  tree into the chipper...then the ''chips'' have to be dried..then stockpiled ..more diesel

So now we  have to either rail or truck these dry chips to Greymouth...about four hours from site (by truck ) to the ferry across Cook Straight  to the South Island...thrre and a half hour ferry trip to the South Island..then six and half hours for the truck  to Greymouth...using a bit more diesel......

The cubic capacity to freight wood chips compared with coal is another big factor........

And the real ''game breaker '  ......10, 000  tons of coal required  per year....30,000  tons of wood chip to achieve the samer BTU's for the year.......

..and this will save the planet  ?????????????????

Mike

..Common  sense......seemingly lost and forever gone

 

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32 minutes ago, mike newman said:

...in our little Socialist Paradise   , Jeeper.....Our glorious leader,    ''Donkey Chompers, ''  who tends to handle the truth  a little carelessly. ...(.especially on her most remarkable achievements ...breathlessly out lined to the UN  general assembly...)....does not approve the peasants   doing    ''barter  or cash '' deals.....This sort of underhand  wrong doing , this fiscal defiance can impact on the tax take, you know....thus possibly depriving some useless male leech ..from getting a benefit..........which ..in turn ..could ultimately deprive this piece of left wing excrement ...a vote  !!

Two issues here, Jeeper....swingin'    that maul will keep you going another mile or two (:))...and secondly,  you must have a very benevolent regime in place, to watch over you peasants  with a more 'avuncular ' attitude ...than we down under have....

Mike

Yes I understand that part you got keep moving or someone will cover ya with dirt 

They got to tax the sheckles we get more than once that is how they make government efficient kinda like a double pass oil burner 

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10 minutes ago, mike newman said:

You want a firewood story ???

I will give you a firewood story that graphically shows the F.....ing    stupidity of (a)   ...the left wing nut jobs and (b)  .the globull   warming fiasco

Greymouth , South Island NZ  has a new Hospital..and one year gone has had a state of the art Coal fired boiler installed for the obvious reasons of heating and incessant hot water supply etc etc

New Zealand has huge quantities of high grade coal...currently exported to Asia ..Greymouth is more or less situated in the middle of the best coal available..The Hospital is six miles from high grade 'burning coal ''

But now,..some divine lunatic in Govt has decreed that the new , very expensive boiler has to be converted to burn wood chips .. The wood chips are coming from a exotic forest in the middle of the North Island..  The tree has to first cut down...using   diesel power..then run through a huge chipper...using guess what !!  diesel power to get the tree to the chipper and then more diesel to heave said  tree into the chipper...then the ''chips'' have to be dried..then stockpiled ..more diesel

So now we  have to either rail or truck these dry chips to Greymouth...about four hours from site (by truck ) to the ferry across Cook Straight  to the South Island...thrre and a half hour ferry trip to the South Island..then six and half hours for the truck  to Greymouth...using a bit more diesel......

The cubic capacity to freight wood chips compared with coal is another big factor........

And the real ''game breaker '  ......10, 000  tons of coal required  per year....30,000  tons of wood chip to achieve the samer BTU's for the year.......

..and this will save the planet  ?????????????????

Mike

..Common  sense......seemingly lost and forever gone

 

There's some bartering going on in that deal behind the curtain.

So if call the coal burning the evil climate changing fossil fuel we can use my buddies wood chips and justify the cost as part of the fight against climate change   

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They have one of those wood chip burning power plants in Jonesboro Maine 

It was running last time oil was high I wonder if they put it back in operation 

When the price of oil was low allot of the chip trailers were parked in the yard at Dysart's Truck Stop south of Bangor 

They were gone this summer so they maybe feeding the wood chip plants again  

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The first picture is of my woodmaster boiler, it heats the house and domestic water. The second picture is of my double barrel stove in the garage, I don't fire that up much but it does take the chill out of the air.

Most of the wood I get is oversize hard wood pulp larger than 24 inches in diameter. I usually bring it home with the mills smaller log truck, about a five cord load. I do it on the weekend and I try to cut it up when I have the truck here. I will lay as many as eight sticks out on stringers, then block them up into 20 inch lengths, my splitter only opens to 21 inches. Then I use the trucks loader to toss the blocks into a pile and lay out the next batch on sticks. I can usually do a truck load in a day by myself.

I mounted one of those harbor freight pickup truck cranes onto my splitter for lifting the heavier blocks onto it for splitting.

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1 hour ago, Binderoid said:

Nobody realizes how efficient wood heat really is. That bucket full of wood already heated you twice.

Cutting, then splitting, then loading, then stacking. Then when it’s burning!!!

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3 hours ago, TractormanMike.mb said:

Is your wood master a conventional or a gasifier?

My parents is the gasifier.  They really like and feel they are using 1/3 less wood.  I cut all there firewood.  They are only burning dry hardwood in it and are having no issues.  Maple, Ash, cherry , hickory some oak.  image.thumb.jpg.158284ec83759c2ae2f0b19a3297902d.jpgI got this one when it was 2 years old.  My 18 year old one sprung a leak and I figured it was time for an upgrade.  There has been good dealer support for central boiler here. 

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2 hours ago, TractormanMike.mb said:

The first picture is of my woodmaster boiler, it heats the house and domestic water. The second picture is of my double barrel stove in the garage, I don't fire that up much but it does take the chill out of the air.

Most of the wood I get is oversize hard wood pulp larger than 24 inches in diameter. I usually bring it home with the mills smaller log truck, about a five cord load. I do it on the weekend and I try to cut it up when I have the truck here. I will lay as many as eight sticks out on stringers, then block them up into 20 inch lengths, my splitter only opens to 21 inches. Then I use the trucks loader to toss the blocks into a pile and lay out the next batch on sticks. I can usually do a truck load in a day by myself.

I mounted one of those harbor freight pickup truck cranes onto my splitter for lifting the heavier blocks onto it for splitting.

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Thar log truck is probably handy.  My friend has a forwarding trailer that goes behind a tractor.  That thing works great.  I have never seen a used one for sale.  I would love to get one but they are ridiculously expensive. It seems to be a struggle to get guys to move firewood logs around here.   My 3 point splitter is vertical so it’s not too difficult to get the big ones on it.  As I get older I find myself just cutting the big ones in half with a chainsaw more and more.  

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Chadron State college in Chadron Nebraska uses wood chips to heat the entire campus, I think. Lots of chips come off the rez   Cousin used to man the fire for them. 

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I would like to put a splitteron my mini excavator. 

 

 

 

Mechanical clamp using the bucket curl cylinder and put a splitting wedge on the hydraulic thumb?

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We feed 4 outdoor wood boilers on this place. 3 heat houses and hot water. 4th heats the shop and a little well house that houses the pressure tank and well controls for the main farm. That one used to heat my Grandparents house when they were alive and still living there. With the house now empty. We don't heat it anymore. 

We store a year out supply both in piles outside and inside old corn cribs. The pictures are of everything we cut last winter piled up. 

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If they really were interested in saving the planet they would stop exporting coal to China, they burn more in a day than we burn all year

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85174ACA-1F05-40E4-86EC-338DF35B07E8.thumb.jpeg.7709f834ed980044981a59f0264db2a2.jpegTimberwolf 3 pt PTO splitter takes anything you can give it. I like the portability of it and being able to raise and lower. HS Tarm indoor boiler produces lots of heat on less wood. Wood must be split and well seasoned.

 

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3 hours ago, ihrondiesel said:

 


I would like to put a splitteron my mini excavator. 

 

 

 

Mechanical clamp using the bucket curl cylinder and put a splitting wedge on the hydraulic thumb?

Probably not enough force that way.  I was thinking something built like a typical log splitter, attached crosswise in place of the bucket (good visibility that way) and run by the auxiliary circuit.  Use a cylinder with a pretty large bore for adequate splitting force, but also with a large rod so the retract speed is fast.

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Forgot to add our collection of saws

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