The fruits of last weeks labors:
We got firewood for next year:
|those rounds are 40″ + diameter. Tree was somewhere around 130 years old.|
Lots and lots of firewood:
|Wind damaged trees supply most of my heat every winter. The smaller rounds are 20″-25″ dia, the larger one in the foreground is 34″|
This was a big tree:
|Unloading these from the trailer without the tractor and log tongs to lift them required a lot a careful work with a large bar…..|
There is more to get, but what with all the rain (nearly 7″ since the last Saturday when cleanup began), the ground near the tree is of a consistency somewhere between oatmeal and pudding. Kinda hard to carry rounds weighing in the range of 400-600 pounds through that. Traction becomes an issue, even with 4 wheel drive…..and he doesn’t need his yard torn up any more.
Now we just gotta split it into “stove bolt” sized chunks.
The cool thing is that in the 19 years that I have been heating with wood, I have never had to cut down a live tree. There is enough storm and wind and ice damage every year that I get plenty of firewood selected for me by Ma Nature. I just haveta cut it up and split it.