I salute you for making a rational decision. There are lots of safer ways to stay in shape and contribute to the environment than cutting firewood in a forest with a chainsaw alone. As we get older, many parts of our bodies change regardless of how carefully we live, and accepting when it's time to give certain tasks over to younger people is a very personal but important decision to make.
As a milestone of aging ...
Dale Hodgins wrote:I know a guy who had a few loads delivered. He cut up two-thirds of it and sold it as firewood and he kept the best ones for building his barn.
Dale Hodgins wrote:I often see wood stored in areas that don't see sunlight and air flow. You need to be able to stop that airflow once the outdoor humidity is higher than that of the wood.
Long enough that if it were me, I'd try to grow the wood just large enough that splitting it once down the center is worth it. I think that also makes it easier to stack safely. We have a little electric log splitter that's perfect for that sort of thing.
How long does coppiced hardwood firewood need to dry?
Mark Brunnr wrote:I'm hoping that planting black locust and osage orange/hedge seedlings on the property will let me
stopstart a coppice rotation which as I age will still be an easy/safe option compared to felling larger trees.
Exactly what I keep wondering and trying to plan for! I'm trying to choose a suitable place to set up a small "coppicing" woodlot. We don't need supper dense hardwood in our climate, but having a bunch of 4 inch diameter trunks that only need a single split, seems much more doable than what we currently get involved with. I *don't* do chainsaws, but I'm going to experiment with a very large saw my husband bought for other purposes, and see how it does on cutting 3-4 inch dead tree that is mostly cedar branches that came down in last year's big storm. The saw has an excellent integral clamp arrangement. I'll post the results, but we've only got one extension cord that will run the thing, and it's in use for the brooder - we've had a wet fall, so *everything's* behind the curve!
I'm constantly thinking about; "Will I be able to do it this way in 25 years?"
James Landreth wrote:Don't feel too bad. I'm 24 and have my firewood delivered. I could cut it myself, but why? My time is better spent working for wages at this point and doing other things
Rob Kaiser wrote:I'm wondering if I were to fell trees, buck, split, and stack...could I procure this same amount of wood with 30 hours of work?