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Old 11-07-2014, 04:24 AM   #1
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Firewood anyone?

Gotta get one of these babies to keep up the camping firewood supply.

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Old 11-07-2014, 07:18 AM   #2
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They certainly sell alot of firewood all over the country at the food stores... When in Gatlinburg TN camping we notice firewood is available every where for sale at the food chains... This is a pretty good income I imagine for some of the locals. Something like this will take away some of the local income I reckon...

We live here in VA in a housing area that is somewhat wooded and only have a fireplace for heat supplemented with electric heaters. I have to build up my wood pile every winter. Getting harder and harder every year finding firewood to cut and stack..

Good exercise for me in my 70's
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Old 11-07-2014, 09:18 AM   #3
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"A man who cuts his own firewood is twice warmed". To heck with that phrase.....that machine is a lot more fun than my axe and splitter.
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Old 11-07-2014, 09:22 AM   #4
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Hi Roy. I don't know what happens in your area, but lots of the wood that is made available at grocery stores, quick stop gas stations, state parks, etc. up in our neck of the woods is done by operators who have equipment like this. And they either get their wood from loggers (wood that the pulp mill doesn't want) or they have their own pretty sophisticated logging equipment for harvest.

Other than those people cutting and splitting firewood for their own use, there are very few operators who go into the woods with a chain saw and a pickup truck these days.
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99% of the places we visit have firewood restrictions in place making it illegal to transport firewood from outside the immediate area. All of this as a result of one or more invasive insects or such. What this has done is enhance the income opportunity for campground hosts and local merchants. My personal opinion is that a lot of this is "PC" related and overkill that is just one more invasion of personal usage rights. Most rV'ers aren't going to transport half a truck load of firewood a couple hundred or more miles to a vacation site. Weight and space make this self limiting. My main complaint is not the restrictions but rather the $$ gouging that goes on with a small bundle of green wood costing anywhere from$5 to as high as $10. As a result I routinely pack enough firewood for a couple fires using scrap building materials or a few well seasoned pieces from wood harvested from my own property. I also added a small electric chainsaw to my truck box and use it to cut up limbs and deadfall that I collect when we roadtrip once we get to our destination. By using my honda gen i can even cut up bigger deadfall along Natl forest roads and public rightaways. Its pretty easy to find if you keep your eyes open. Usually I end up with more than I can burn and my neighbor gets a windfall when we head home.

Hate to give up all my tricks, but in resort areas where there is a lot of building, I target construction sites close to the CG. I do it right and stop by and talk to the contractor about harvesting scrap from their dumpster. I have never been told no. Its a bad idea to show up after they go home and sneek around the building site. One trip is often all it takes to build up a supply for a weeks use. I have often found contractors who will hide good scrap for me to pick up later so that others don't get it first.
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Hi Roy. I don't know what happens in your area, but lots of the wood that is made available at grocery stores, quick stop gas stations, state parks, etc. up in our neck of the woods is done by operators who have equipment like this. And they either get their wood from loggers (wood that the pulp mill doesn't want) or they have their own pretty sophisticated logging equipment for harvest.

Other than those people cutting and splitting firewood for their own use, there are very few operators who go into the woods with a chain saw and a pickup truck these days.
Truth is that a lot of the commercially available "bundles" in groceries and gas stations is from scrap and slabs from sawmills. Could be good campwood if it has a little seasoning but much of it is "green". If you must pick up a couple bundles of seasoned stuff [you can tell] and then do some scrounging of your own.
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Truth is that a lot of the commercially available "bundles" in groceries and gas stations is from scrap and slabs from sawmills. Could be good campwood if it has a little seasoning but much of it is "green". If you must pick up a couple bundles of seasoned stuff [you can tell] and then do some scrounging of your own.
I don't disagree with you there, although I think the customer is wising up. A few years ago, a lot of gas stations and state parks were selling sawmill waste slabs. Some if these were so thin that they were pretty much all bark with hardly any wood. They were really just kindling bundles and when lit, it was poof and they were gone. There must have been lots of complaints and subsequent loss of sales, because most gas stations and state parks now sell actual split firewood bundles, although the parks often still sell green stuff that doesn't burn.
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"A man who cuts his own firewood is twice warmed"

Seems like every thing associated with firewood has something to do with heat hehe...

I always carry enough firewood for the first fire just in case we get in late and don't know where the firewood pick up place is located..

We got to have our firepit going when camping - Sure is nice for the wife and me sitting around the fire visiting with each other. I do the same thing here at the house all the time sitting outside around the patio... Wouldn't have it any other way...




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Nice 33! I have about 3 cords split and seasoned, did it before my daughter was born because I anticipated a disturbance to my ability to find time!

Just had a local tree guy drop off a MASSIVE maple tree that had been cut to 10-12' lengths. Spent the last week cutting it all up and splitting what I can. Some of this stuff is 30" in diameter and the old maul is just bouncing now. Gonna have to break down and rent a splitter for a day. Sure would be nice to have a machine like that though.

Couple years ago a saw a video for a Bobcat that had some type of cutting and splitting attachment on it. Good times! I could watch those videos all day... especially if that meant I didn't have to go out and split/stack wood!!!
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