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 06-08-2003, 08:15 Post: 57095
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DKI The old M has about 5.5 face cords and little JD has almost 7 on it. Wife runs an embroidery business (if the IRS reads this) and sells to fire wood guy and he sells to us. It is a good arrangement. It is also a lot easier on equipment, and me, than going to the woods.

Bought tub spreader at auction for $35.00 full of "HUMUS" had to do some cutting and fixing...

Have 30+ face cord of wood at boys (oldest son) house to cut up and split yet this year. We cleared some land for him to build a big garage/shop.

Have to build a new wood shed this year, it's in progress now, my old wood shed has been enclosed and I have 2000+ board feet of lumber stickered up drying and other toys stored in it. Plus all of Boys stuff that should be in his garage if he'll ever get off his butt and get it started.

Wife said I could no longer use the cover by the pond for wood because that was built for pinic cover on Sunday afternoon Bar-B-Q's rain or shine...

Too much to do and not sure where to find the time...

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I believe I burned about a face cord a week in KY. I had to cut it all my self. Lucky my friend and neighour cut the hard wood off the land next to mine so I had the tops. I normally could cut and spit about a cord in an hour.
My dad still burns wood at 80. I went to a pellet stove as a back up.

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 09-19-2003, 21:48 Post: 64380
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Hi all - Any recommendations on a PTO splitter?? I'm installing a Buck stove & looking for an easy way to split hardwood (in KY also).






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 09-20-2003, 03:27 Post: 64400
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Powellvalley I find it still unbelievable that people still try and use screw type splitters. After using one down south and bringing it up here to NY (upstate) trying to use it on maple. These are or have got to be one of the most dangerous things I have ever tried using. Always 1 person has to be in control of the pto. Another trying to stab a piece of wood onto the turning screw...

I like wood heat but not that much. I'll stick to hyd splitters, my big splitting maul, block split with saw or leave the big nasty ones in the woods.

There is no easy way to use a pto screw splitter!






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 09-20-2003, 08:49 Post: 64427
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I am sorry I have always used a axe or maul. I only went to a maul in KY when I started cutting a 24" for the longer fire box.
I tend to like to split it where it is and not carry the debre with me.
I am afraid that most people these days do not know how to split with an axe correctly. Luckally my father was an expert with practice I am fare.
Like a good golf swing it takes effort. I am better at splitting than swinging. Correct form requires a dull axe/maul of correct length.
I do not pick up the log round and place them on a block, too much wasted energy. A block was only used for slitting kindling. Another movie myth.
I do not always stand rounds on end as some can be hit as they lay.
As you enter the log round you need to twist the wrist so that the force of the axe point has downward and sideways momentum. This is the splitting action. If you do not split the log on the first strike the blade should spin out of the cut and hit the side of the blade.
The art part is reading the grain of the wood and determining where to place you first split.
Maybe we need to start a splitting clinic like we have for golf.
If you must split with a hydaulic splitter, I have only done it once and can say I found it more work. Maybe you want to buy the one I have sitting in the barn. It has a PTO pump and is 3 PT. I bought it with the house and have never moved it out of the barn. It is like new.






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 09-20-2003, 10:10 Post: 64437
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Laughing out loudL ! I agree with using an axe (I can bust wood with the best of 'em, we hand-split firewood & big locust for posts when I was a kid.) I've never been around the screw types... At one time I had a homemade splitter that was a dream to take to the woods - had a chevette engine for powering the hydraulics sitting on a welded up I-beam frame on a car axle, ball hitch for towing.
Anyway, the old back limits my efforts now & our mule retired 40 years ago, so I was thinking there should be a way to run a splitter (preferably hydraulic) off the tractor. & I'm trying to avoid the current trend of having a garage full of gasoline-powered stuff.






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 09-20-2003, 11:32 Post: 64438
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You are welcome to the unit here if you want to drive down. Make me an offer. I can send you a picture. It is a heavy duty unit.

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 09-20-2003, 14:11 Post: 64442
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Can someone please define the term "face cord"??? Maybe I am not understanding what a cord vs rick is. In my mind 30 cords of wood is a phenominal amount of wood. Burning a cord of wood a week would be nearly impossible unless I kept a ragging inferno in both wood stoves and added a 3rd. In my neck of the woods a rick is 4' x 8' x 16" (some use 18"Wink yeah right. 3 ricks = 1 cord (4' x 8' x 4') or 128 cubic feet. I am thinking that a face cord is rough equivalent to a rick?






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 09-20-2003, 16:56 Post: 64445
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I haven't heard of a rick, but out here a face cord seems to be the same size as a rick.






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A face cord is a Rick in most instances. It is what you can stack on the face of 4'x 8'. In my case I was cutting 2' due to the large fire box I had in the furnace so the the face cord was a half cord. Yes it is a lot of wood over the winter. I have a stand in the basement that took a 1/2 cord so and would fill it about once a week. We had a lot of glass on the north, 6 - 8' and 4-6' sliders and additional glass so a lot of heat loss. The view cost.






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