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glinka
Large trees down

Had a large oak tree that was rotted in center cut down. Problem is they cut it in sections that were manageable for me to cut for firewood. But they also cut the parts that were 24' to 30" in diameter the same 4 to 6 feet long. What is the best way to use/ get rid of this?

A. Spruce
Re: Large trees down

Those are going to be fun to try to split without a log splitter!

What you'll probably have to do is make a deep cut lengthwise in the logs, at least 12" deep, then use a series of wedges to split it. No matter how you do it, it is not going to be fun, and the sooner you get it done the better because oak becomes almost impossible to split once it dries out.

ed21
Re: Large trees down

Time to fire up the chainsaw. Even an 18" chainsaw can cut 24" to 30" log easily with a bit of work. Chainsaws can also cut lengthwise if the logs are a manageable length.
Seems like the tree removal folks could have left smaller pieces.

dj1
Re: Large trees down

You're lucky, OAK would make for a real good fire when winter comes. Best id when you feed your fire smaller pieces, so prepare the logs now, so that the pieces will be nice and dry later.

How to cut? The easiest way is with a chainsaw.

jackislost
Re: Large trees down
dj1 wrote:

You're lucky, OAK would make for a real good fire when winter comes. Best id when you feed your fire smaller pieces, so prepare the logs now, so that the pieces will be nice and dry later.

How to cut? The easiest way is with a chainsaw.

the same thing I wanted to say :)

Delbert
Re: Large trees down

I have an 18 & 20 inch bar and cut the large pieces from both sides. After cross cutting to length you might invest in a skip chain (ideal for ripping) as I did. The teeth are spaced wider for cooler running and better evacuation of material. Then rip the big pieces to usable size. I cut oak almost exclusively (mostly red) and it does indeed burn well. Only Ash seems to do better but it's not as readily available.

HoustonRemodeler
Re: Large trees down

Hang a sign on it that reads;

You split the wood, keep half

or

Free Firewood (must take all)

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