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Bad storm yesterday evening

 
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We had a bad storm last evening with 70 mph winds.  We lost a lot of trees, but the worst loss was this very large oak tree.
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Bummer Trace, I can relate. I lost many nice old oaks in a bad storm last fall. On the bright side, that's a nice resource laying on the ground.

mmmm....woodchips....
 
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James Freyr wrote:Bummer Trace, I can relate. I lost many nice old oaks in a bad storm last fall. On the bright side, that's a nice resource laying on the ground.

mmmm....woodchips....



If I can find someone reasonable with a portable mill, I would like to have it milled into boards.  They would go a long way towards helping my new open air chicken coop build.  The rest of the tree and branches too small for that will be for the wood stoves, and, as you said, everything smaller than wrist-sized or so will go through the chipper.
 
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Trace Oswald wrote:We had a bad storm last evening with 70 mph winds.  We lost a lot of trees, but the worst loss was this very large oak tree.



Oh, no! Well, don't let that wonderful oak go to waste. Mushroom mushroom!

 
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Trace,

Sorry to hear about your trees, especially the big one.  If you can get it milled for lumber, good for you.  Back in 2009 we had a 100mph+ storm by us and I lost a lot of big trees.  It’s painful to see and I feel for you.  I too had hopes of milling up some long oak trunks, but the market was pretty saturated by the thousands of other trees felled by the winds.  I hope you have better luck than I did.

I ended up burning a lot of my trees—at the time I had no idea what else to do with them—what a waste.  If I were doing it all over again, I would turn much of that wood into chips for the garden (assuming that you can maneuver that much wood into a chipper) or just inoculate the logs straight up with an aggressive mushroom (I of course love wine caps, but elm mushrooms will do the trick also as will a host of other mushrooms at a slower pace).

I feel for you man!  But can you salvage any good from an otherwise bad experience?  I know you are planning a really big garden—could you use a bunch of woodchips there?

Sorry ‘bout things,

Eric
 
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Eric Hanson wrote:Trace,

Sorry to hear about your trees, especially the big one.  If you can get it milled for lumber, good for you.  Back in 2009 we had a 100mph+ storm by us and I lost a lot of big trees.  It’s painful to see and I feel for you.  I too had hopes of milling up some long oak trunks, but the market was pretty saturated by the thousands of other trees felled by the winds.  I hope you have better luck than I did.

I ended up burning a lot of my trees—at the time I had no idea what else to do with them—what a waste.  If I were doing it all over again, I would turn much of that wood into chips for the garden (assuming that you can maneuver that much wood into a chipper) or just inoculate the logs straight up with an aggressive mushroom (I of course love wine caps, but elm mushrooms will do the trick also as will a host of other mushrooms at a slower pace).

I feel for you man!  But can you salvage any good from an otherwise bad experience?  I know you are planning a really big garden—could you use a bunch of woodchips there?

Sorry ‘bout things,

Eric



Thanks Eric.  And yes, a lot of it will be wood chips.  You can never have too many wood chips.  If I can't get it milled, I have two wood stoves, it will heat my house next winter.
 
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Walked around a little more tonight. Hard to believe the destructive force wind can have. The night of the storm there were trees down everywhere, roads were blocked, it was a mess. I haven't walked all of my land yet, but this tree is on the edge of the yard.
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