Rose Pinder wrote:Not sure how this will survive the forum moderation, but read up on faggots (a system for bundling thin branches so they can be cut to length). This is if you have large amounts of material to process.
Mike Dayton wrote:Why couldn't these Faggot bundles be made to the right size to just fit into your Rocket Mass Heater? The ones they were showing were large bundles for easy carring, a smaller bundle could be tied with the stove opening in mind.
1. Cut half a dozen or so straight 1" dia. stems and hammer into ground about 4" apart -- this forms a jig to pack the brush into.
2. As you cut up the tops of the tree branches, anything less than half-inch dia. isn't worth cutting. Insert between sticks, snapping any lateral branches and bend them straight. Try and pack as evenly as possible.
3. When you've packed a good load, thread twine underneath and bind tightly. Do that every foot or so and you'll end up with a long log-like pack of brash.
4. Provided you've bound the pack tightly enough, you can now cut the faggots to length with a bow saw. Again, if packed tight, you only need one band of twine to bind the faggot together (ahh, the joys of youth!)
Basically, it's an excellent job for kids to do while the grown-ups have all the fun wielding chainsaws and felling axes.