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Old 01-08-2013, 02:35 PM   #16
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Can you sink an axe into it and have it stick, and how much moisture comes out at the edge of impact?

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Old 01-08-2013, 03:00 PM   #17
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I'm doubting it's cottonwood...

...this was a quick thirty minutes with one of my splitting axes;



Granted, these were blocks that I cut short in order to load the stove north-south.

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Old 01-08-2013, 03:07 PM   #18
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No noticeable moisture squeezing out...

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...which actually surprised me. Splitting axe takes a few swings to get a fracture started, then it's going pretty well.

I doubt that the larger blocks will split by hand though. Boy, am I ever out of shape! (well, round is a shape )

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Old 01-08-2013, 07:39 PM   #19
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Tha Rick thinks it is poplar. Says it will need a good amount of time to dry but not as troublesome as cottonwood.
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Old 01-08-2013, 07:47 PM   #20
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It might be a silver maple- bark kinda looks like mine-
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Old 01-08-2013, 07:58 PM   #21
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Oh man, I love splitting wood. There few things in life as satisfying. If I lived closer, I'd come over and do it for free.

From the looks of it, your axe is kind of a lightweight for the work at hand. You might want to consider a splitting maul (sledgehammer / axe combo). The extra weight really helps.

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Old 01-08-2013, 08:29 PM   #22
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Elm

Looks like you got a load of elm there.

Those large rounds look pretty good too. Bunch of it around the front range, not much in my neighborhood though.

There's got to be some wood turners out there that would just wet themselves if they saw you burning that.

My Dad always said that wood warms you thrice ......... once cutting it, once splitting it, and once more burning it!


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Old 01-08-2013, 09:36 PM   #23
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forget that

Grew up with wood stove and coal stove, and cutting up firewood all Summer for Fall and Winter. Natural gas is so much easier, and the little to nothing I pay is more than worth it IMHO Still gotta have firewood for camping though.
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Old 01-08-2013, 10:21 PM   #24
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...this was a quick thirty minutes with one of my splitting axes;



Granted, these were blocks that I cut short in order to load the stove north-south.

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It looks splitable, PM sent...
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Old 01-08-2013, 10:26 PM   #25
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Grew up with wood stove and coal stove, and cutting up firewood all Summer for Fall and Winter. Natural gas is so much easier, and the little to nothing I pay is more than worth it IMHO Still gotta have firewood for camping though.

You live in the city, I'm taking a gueiss. Propane delivered in winter, when they have to chain up to deliver get's a bit spendy.

Since Grizgirl bought a pellet stove, we've kept the house real comfy with that and the wood insert, and I have yet to light the pilot on the furnace.
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Natural gas is so much easier, and the little to nothing I pay is more than worth it IMHO.
Yeah, but then you gotta trade in your man card.
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I am moving out to Woodland Park next summer.. and I am clueless on wood Can someone tell me why some places have bans on burning cottonwood? it was mentioned earlier in the thread.
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Old 01-09-2013, 03:37 PM   #28
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Old 01-09-2013, 04:27 PM   #29
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What he is too polite to say is...

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...I had to skip out on motohookey today as I pulled a muscle in my lower back splitting wood, and can barely walk.

I think I bent my mancard, but at least I split some.

Glad you had a good ride today mate! It really sucks to feel this old!

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I think I bent my mancard, but at least I split some.
Dude.. injuries from manual wood splitting actually earn you extra mancard bronze stars (blood or missing digits bump up to sliver).
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