As a hobby sawyer, I must say that it makes me cringe to see that beautiful sawlog cut up into little pieces :weepy:
I've have a guy come here with his mill about once every other year. I'll cut down a nice sized Beech, Hard Maple, Yellow Birch, and maybe even a Cherry. That usually gives me enough wood for any project that'll come up. One of these days I'll cut up some Hemlock and build myself a solar kiln to dry it.
Wish I had pics but they are on my broken iPhone.
We burn 4 cord and season it a full year plus.I use a 3pth carrier made of plate steel and the FEL to move the 4' longs (burn 16"). Either off my two acres or 1/2 mile away at a friends woodlot. He trades huge yellow birch, cherry and maple (largest so far 28") for tractor work.
We stack the longs, buck them and split in a small area loading onto premade pallets (like Josh61543 w/o roof)
Going to purchase 3 pth forks soon. Then we will bring the split wood pallet to the house as needed. That piece alone will save a lot of work and free up my current winter supply under the deck for storing deck furniture and lawn mowers etc...
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be warned you can overload a frontend loader hauling wood.an get it so heavy that it wont lift it.
I live in BC, we have very little hardwood that is any good for burning, Larch is the best around hear. I have a 14 ft bump trailer from PJ I put on sides, about a foot high I can get 3 cord of wood in it, the great thing about the trailer is when I get home you open the doors and unload the first row, I burn 2 ft pieces, then, close the doors and lift it. The top of the door is mid , thigh.
I have a garage with a side area 6 ft wide I have that I fill, three rows, 26 ft long 8 ft high. I also have a wood shed, 12x 12 ft. I fill that also. that in a normal winter gives me 3 years supply. This year we are burning fir as it was, easy to get at and only 15 mile round trip, we can get jack pine easily and many people like that. I live in the Kootenays, and get a permit, free, good for 2 years, you can not cut green wood, other than that most everything is good, on crown land, and on logging sites, cull piles.
I have a wood furnace, with electrical back-up, this year is colder than most and I am burning a little more wood than normal 4 cords is normal.I like to keep at least 2 years supply on hand just in case.
On the old hay elevator idea... I have one we converted for just this kind of work. In the pictures of the elevator, you can see both my dad's and my woodsplitters. Mine was later switched to a diesel engine (seen in the other pics)
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