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Gathering fuel

Tree trimming tools and methods of gleaning kiln fuel and non-timber forest products for fun and profit.

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New Wood Pile 2011
Jul 3, 2011

If I want to fire the kiln again I'd better get busy and collect another batch of fuel. Experience has taught me saving scraps from Christmas brush cutting is not a good idea and from now on I'll only keep sticks 1" diameter or more.

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    Only 10 Below
    Jan 23, 2011

    I've been trying to do about 4-6 hours a day of fuel preparation, a few hours in the woods collecting and a few hours back at the kiln site cutting it to stoking lengths. On average I'm getting two wheelbarrow loads of 35" sticks a day along with some log size sticks waiting in the sawbuck for the chainsaw.

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    Making More Kiln Fuel
    Dec 20, 2010

    My grand kids got me some Cabala long johns for Christmas so now I can get outside and work on building up some fresh wood for the kiln.

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    Lopping Sticks To Length
    Apr 25, 2010

    After coming up with a case of "trick finger" in the ring finger of my right hand from using the machete so much I decided to try something a little different. I got the idea from a metal shear I used in the scrap yard to cut up stuff that was too small to waste gas torch cutting.

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    Splitting Slab Wood
    Sep 6, 2009

    After stalling around all summer to start splitting the slab wood I'd cut to length I woke up today and intuitively solved the problem that had been baffling me and had a good workout without much difficulty. Use the slideshow feature and set it to 1 second per shot and get some movement. I might do the movie later.

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    Cut & Sort Hardwood Sticks and Pine Slabs
    Apr 26, 2009

    These shots are of some recent fuel processing. I'm trying to make everything between 32" & 36" long for the Bourry box with the remaining shorter pieces going into the pignose for pre-heating or secondary stoking.

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    Cutting Brush Sticks To Length
    Nov 3, 2008

    In order to finish working on the wood rack I needed to finish processing the leftover sticks from cutting Christmas greens and other limbs I've found. I nailed a gauge stick with an area between 32"&36" long to a stump and whacked the limb with the machete to length for the main Bourry stoke holes. Shorter sticks will be used in the secondary stoke holes along the sides of the kiln. The scrap goes in the camp fire to stand by to get warm.

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    Making Secondary Stoke Fuel with a Machete
    Dec 11, 2007

    All you need to cut the fuel to length is a green stick of de-barked Maple for measuring, a chopping stump, and a BoLo knife or Machete. When the sticks get too thick to cut easily they are sorted out and cut for primary stoking wood in a saw buck with a chain saw or use lopping shears.

    NOTE: I will admit after long use a machete can and has caused me tendon pain when hunting oil and now a painful trick ring finger on the right hand from whacking dry Maple and the shock traveling into the handle. I'm thinking this works best with green sticks.

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    Limbing Doc's Red Pine
    Dec 5, 2007

    Paul had loggers come in and thinned out a lot of Poplar, Balsam, and Red and Jack Pine. After they finished I tested out gleaning stoking fuel from the slash.

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    Limbing Red/Jack Pine
    Dec 6, 2007

    Another spot on Paul's land to demonstrate the cleaning up of a pine for kiln fuel. Now that gas is over $3.00 a gallon the use of hand tools becomes more attractive, and in a student situation the safety issue of chain saws is reduced. Of course the least convincing argument for using hand tools is the dubious benefits of the physical labor involved and the time it takes away from throwing pots and drinking beer.

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    Red Pine
    Apr 28, 2006

    Now updated with a new cutting location where a logger went through Doctor Paul's and left lots of slash. My dream come true. The shots at the end are 20 years old. This is the basic idea of cutting Red Pine limbs without having to drop the entire tree. I suppose I could get climbing spikes, a safety harness, and an arborist chainsaw but I need the exercise. Up to 1/3 of live limbs can also be trimed without harming the tree. I first trim the dead stuff leaving stubby "Rungs" to act as a ladder for future trimming. After taking 1/3 green the next year the stubs are removed.

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    Balsam clean up
    Dec 25, 2005

    The wreath making season is over and the studio is cleaned. Scrap greens are snipped from the sticks, allowed to dry in gunny sacks till spring when they will be burned in the Koie Cooker to make ash for glazes. The sticks will be bundled and saved for secondary stoke hole fuel in the Hobagama.

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    The Tool, The Injury, & The Fix
    Jul 3, 2011

    Never use the machete without gloves. I can't remember how many times I've hit just about the same spot with gloves on and barely got a scratch. I should have stopped two swings earlier because I'd just thought about not having my gloves and whack... OUCH!!! Did some first aid, took Olof home, & drove myself to the ER to get stitched up. Dang, this next firing is already starting to cost me money. Maybe I should quit before anyone else gets hurt.

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