The Woodchuck and Firewood Hoarders Thread

tnichols

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I’ve made small piles along the fence line to be picked up if it ever dries out. Cutting/scrounging has been slow the last 12-18 months as we’ve been so wet I can’t get to my usual spots. Along with that, I’m getting older and the drive to go huck wood out in the muck doesn’t have the appeal it did 20 years ago. I’m thankful I’m years ahead to weather the bad times. Kind of like a healthy savings account.
 

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Getting much better at hand filing these days, but the standard stihl and Oregon files leave much to be desired in terms of finish. If knife sharpening has taught me anything a finer polish usually equals a sharper edge. Do you guys know of any round “files” that leave a better smoother finish than the standard chain files?
 
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I hand file.
I used to buy the 3 pack of stihl files, then they increased in price. I now Get the 12 pack Oregon files, work perfect. I can't imagine that there are too many company's in Switzerland making files, I'd assume the Oregon and still files are made in the same factory, only packaged differently.
They should work as well for you as for myself.
 

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A friend found some old growth pine down in south Georgia. Tight grains and knot free for 60 feet. I am trying to negotiate a couple of cants out of him. Amazing timber. The other shot is a sweetgum I felled and let rest for 8 months to try to get it to spalt. Looks lik it did OK . this was a chunk I lopped off the end of the log that I took to the mill. hopefully the rest of the tree looks like this. I know its unstable but it sure makes some good color.
 

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What I’ve cut this spring is under roof as of this afternoon. I’ll fire up the splitter some rainy day to add to the stash.
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I'll bet your neighbors love you running a saw in the suburbs...?
Actually most of them come by and tell me how pretty my slabs look. I try to only run the saw 15-20 min a time 2-3 hours a day when most people would be at work or on weekends when you expect a lot of yard work noise. My neighborhood has lots of old hardwoods and 70’s era silver maples so someone is always running a saw in daylight hours. My biggest problem is getting rid of sawdust/shavings.
 

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Rainy day so I fired up the splitter. 12’x12’ overhead door open to let out the fumes. I run the splitter on 100LL so I don’t have to breath ethanol blended car gas. About 2 hours left tomorrow and I’ll be done with this batch. The pic is when I was just getting started.
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Need advice on a new chainsaw, my 026 gave up the ghost and with all the new models and emission regulations I’m not sure what to replace it with. We have a massive amount of dead ash all over my property and just had a helluva storm blow through Easter weekend, so it’s a real mess. Mostly looking for something to clean up trails and so on with, not really into dropping any as I will leave that to the pros. Any advice is greatly appreciated,
 
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anybody running a still 661?
I'm in need of another large saw. I loaned my big husky to a friend and it came back crunched. I havent had to buy a big one for 20 yrs.
wont be run a ton at all. But I have 100 acres of large trees around my house.
I may start slabbing some of the big ones that drop. I would probably need atleast the ability for a 36" bar for the big ones maybe a 42"
any thoughts?
 

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I've got a 660. I've pulled a 48 or 52 bar in an Alaskan mill with it. Had to cut a 52" oak down to fit a Woodmizer mill.
 

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Need advice on a new chainsaw, my 026 gave up the ghost and with all the new models and emission regulations I’m not sure what to replace it with. We have a massive amount of dead ash all over my property and just had a helluva storm blow through Easter weekend, so it’s a real mess. Mostly looking for something to clean up trails and so on with, not really into dropping any as I will leave that to the pros. Any advice is greatly appreciated,
We have 5 saws, and if I had to sell all of them save one, I’d keep the 261. Great balance of power and weight running a 16” bar. You can get a lot of work done with a saw in that class.
 

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Anybody here have a good Echo saw that they like? My mom is looking for one in the 40-50 cc range.
 

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I've been working on getting my 30-year old Husqvarna 51 back up and running; the chainbreak handle broke a couple years back -- I have the replacement part, just hadn't put it on since I didn't need any more firewood. But with the coronavirus lockdown, my local Forest Service Office was issuing free personal use firewood permits (4 cords) thru end of April. I like "free stuff", even if I have to earn it.
Trouble was, once I went to replace the chainbreak handle I found out the leaf spring was broken too. Got the replacement part online from Husky and installed that the other day.
My pullstart cord was hanging limp so figured I might as well fix that too. Every heard the sound of a coil spring unwinding and knowing its going to be more work figuring out how to finish this simple project turned bad. Rudy at Take a Bath productions over on YouTube showed me the light.
Now to buy some saw gas and wait for the forest roads to dry out a little bit [5" snow Thursday evening]
 

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Need advice on a new chainsaw, my 026 gave up the ghost
I bought an MS 261 for my brother about a month ago when his 25 year old Jonsered took a dump. He uses it for bucking up smaller Douglas fir. The saw came with a 20 inch bar and works ok on softwood, but he swaps it out for a 16" for ash, elm, etc. Great little saw and should last for years. If your 026 was enough saw, you will love the MS 261.
 

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Anyone here used carbide chain?

Sold an old pole barn on my property to a little prick. Part of the deal was he clean up the mess. He salvaged all the 1x and dumped the rest on the ground. Figure I'll cut the posts and solid 2x into firewood. Catch is it is filled with nails.

I've got a signed contract that states the mess will be cleaned up. I'm going to take a whack at small claims court but I'm pretty sure I've got an 8-1/2x11 piece of toilet paper.

I really don't have time for this shit.
 

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Anyone here used carbide chain?

Sold an old pole barn on my property to a little prick. Part of the deal was he clean up the mess. He salvaged all the 1x and dumped the rest on the ground. Figure I'll cut the posts and solid 2x into firewood. Catch is it is filled with nails.

I've got a signed contract that states the mess will be cleaned up. I'm going to take a whack at small claims court but I'm pretty sure I've got an 8-1/2x11 piece of toilet paper.

I really don't have time for this shit.
Small claims court is a fng joke!
 

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Anyone here used carbide chain?

Sold an old pole barn on my property to a little prick. Part of the deal was he clean up the mess. He salvaged all the 1x and dumped the rest on the ground. Figure I'll cut the posts and solid 2x into firewood. Catch is it is filled with nails.

I've got a signed contract that states the mess will be cleaned up. I'm going to take a whack at small claims court but I'm pretty sure I've got an 8-1/2x11 piece of toilet paper.

I really don't have time for this shit.
Burn it