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Offline Conrad

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Woke up with wood
« on: November 21, 2014, 06:57:43 am »
Firewood that is and it needs to be split!

I've been slitting wood (by hand) to help heat my house for years and the other day a friend gave me a tip to make the job easier.

Stack the wood around your chopping block as in the pic below. That way when you're chopping the pieces don't go flying all over the place and it's easier to keep up a rhythm. Maybe some of you old hands know about this but I didn't. I wish that I had thought of it myself years ago.



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Re: Woke up with wood
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2014, 07:06:58 am »
Yep.

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Re: Woke up with wood
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2014, 07:17:58 am »
Nice wood ya got there Nosmo!    ;)
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Re: Woke up with wood
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2014, 07:22:01 am »
tough work
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Re: Woke up with wood
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2014, 07:28:00 am »
I usta wake up with wood.... but not as often anymore...
(Had forgot that old ZZ Top Song)

I had never thought of placing logs around the chopping block either.
We just worked ourselves to death, not knowing proper way to chop wood...
Eventually, I built a hydraulic log splitter...
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Re: Woke up with wood
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2014, 09:13:38 am »
Sadly, we can rarely burn wood in San Francisco.
Not that our stupid fireplace is efficient at all.
I miss our wood stove from Oregon. :(
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Re: Woke up with wood
« Reply #6 on: November 21, 2014, 10:13:31 am »
A really slick method is to mount (Easy Boys!) a tire to the top of the chopping block. Put enough pieces of wood in the tire so they support each other and have at it. Nothing leaves the tire and nothing falls over either- you can split the same piece multiple times.

Brian

Firewood that is and it needs to be split!

I've been slitting wood (by hand) to help heat my house for years and the other day a friend gave me a tip to make the job easier.

Stack the wood around your chopping block as in the pic below. That way when you're chopping the pieces don't go flying all over the place and it's easier to keep up a rhythm. Maybe some of you old hands know about this but I didn't. I wish that I had thought of it myself years ago.



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ZZ Top- Woke Up With Wood (Lyrics)
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Re: Woke up with wood
« Reply #7 on: November 21, 2014, 10:30:59 am »
Yes there's a You Tube video of that isn't there?
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Re: Woke up with wood
« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2014, 05:12:02 pm »
Yes. And I think there is a You Tube video of just about everything that has happened on this planet in the last 10 years now. Which is a pretty scary thing IMO. :-)

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Re: Woke up with wood
« Reply #9 on: November 21, 2014, 05:21:13 pm »
  I'm still able to use my Wood Stove here in the Sierra Foothills, but who knows for how long.
  I used to use an axe to split the wood but now I have a 27 ton Honda Powered splitter. It's such a wonderful machine !!!
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Re: Woke up with wood
« Reply #10 on: November 21, 2014, 06:26:34 pm »
C, you have time to split wood eh?  Got the clutch bled yet?
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Re: Woke up with wood
« Reply #11 on: November 22, 2014, 06:50:49 am »
A really slick method is to mount (Easy Boys!) a tire to the top of the chopping block. Put enough pieces of wood in the tire so they support each other and have at it. Nothing leaves the tire and nothing falls over either- you can split the same piece multiple times.

Brian

Good idea on the tire, Brian. I'll give that a try next time I'm choppin.

I got pretty good at splitting wood with my method above. I had several logs that were larger in diameter than my chopping block in the pic above. Once I hosted those bad boys onto my block I started splitting them starting close to the edges, 'pealing' the outer layers off first. I was in the zone and I must have looked like a Samurai Lumberjack because the large logs stayed put on the block and I just repositioned my feet and continued splitting. I was able to take care of these large logs without even having to break my rhythm.
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Re: Woke up with wood
« Reply #12 on: November 22, 2014, 06:52:34 am »
  I'm still able to use my Wood Stove here in the Sierra Foothills, but who knows for how long.
  I used to use an axe to split the wood but now I have a 27 ton Honda Powered splitter. It's such a wonderful machine !!!

No doubt a hydraulic splitter makes the job WAY easier but doing it by hand is a great workout.  :thumbs:
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Re: Woke up with wood
« Reply #13 on: November 22, 2014, 06:54:18 am »
C, you have time to split wood eh?  Got the clutch bled yet?

Nope, not yet. I just got my mityvac yesterday and since my bike won't be going anywhere soon (freezing rain today in the forecast) if I get it done in the next couple of days that will be good.
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Re: Woke up with wood
« Reply #14 on: November 22, 2014, 01:24:40 pm »
tough work

 8)  I went from two wood burning fireplaces, to converting the one in the formal (wife's) living room to gas.  Our current house has an electronically controlled gas fireplace, with thermostat in the remote.  Easy and no smoke.
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