Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Rule One for wood stove users: Don't run out of wood.

Since moving into the Lair I've barely cut any wood at all.  My chains are all fairly dull from cutting at D&L's place for their use, I had one session since then and now I'm reluctant to use the chainsaw till I get them sharpened because you take off a lot of use from a chain by getting it really, really dull.

For all that I've been watching my consumption over the past two weeks, and as I expected/feared it's faster than I hoped.  So while the weather is still bearable I need to take the matter more seriously.  Yesterday I finally cobbled together a sawbuck, to allow me to bring logwood home and cut it as I need it.  M bought himself a full-size bucksaw and lent it to me, and I gave it a try.  Cut up a log well enough, but I have to say for all the noise they make (I hate noise these days) chainsaws are much to be preferred.

Of course as a credentialed survivalist I have an emergency backup woodpile, consisting of several discreditably large stacks of old pallets.  But those really are for emergencies, like when I let the regular pile get too low and then get the flu or something.  For now, I'm going out to S&L's place with the trailer after shit-shoveling and pile it full of a bunch of already cut juniper they've been after me to haul off.  Your garbage is my winter heat.


Quizikle said...

Take it from the voice of experience.

Cutting winter heat wood when you need it is a much different experience than cutting it before you need it.

It's a lot harder to shovel off a woodpile than a driveway...

Anonymous said...

What state do yo live in?
I found your blog yesterday and was wondering where you were at.I'm thinking about getting some property out in the Oregon juniper country. I'm beginning to think I'm running a little late with things that are going on in the world, but I guess I could just sit around with my head up my butt like 95% of the rest of the people in the country and think all is good but I feel that I need something of my own. I will never own my house I'm in now. If you were in my area I could sharpen your chains on your saw by hand. I learned to do that working in the woods. You need to find a retired timber faller and have him teach you how to do that. It is a good skill to learn and not to hard once you get the hang of it.
Take care

Jim said...

I'm having a little wood anxiety myself this year. Only localized global warming this fall makes me think I +might+ have enough split for the entire season. My backup is standing dead burr oak about 25 yards from my door, but I don't looking forward to processing it during a February blizzard.

What the Hell. The big propane tank is almost full, and it's only money, eh?

I know you're a chain-saw pro, so I'm a little reluctant here. but I do most of my own sharpening with a 12-volt Dreml-like tool. I have the chains sharpened by a shop, then resharpen them myself until my freehanding adds up to angles too far from factory specs. That's usually two-to-four times. Then they go back to the pro.

MamaLiberty said...

I can't saw or cut much of anything, so I'm trying to figure out what to do with most of a load of split wood that is simply too long to fit into my stove. Cutting each piece in half with my little hand saw seems hardly possible, but I guess I'll manage it somehow. Next year, I need to be much more specific about the SIZE of the wood. sigh