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Ready for Winter again!!
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Mark Hendershot    Posted 07-02-2002 at 18:46:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well I am ready for Winter again! Just had 6 Cords of Tamerack wood delivered today. Fun part is I have to split and stack it now. Only use 4 cord a year but like to have a 2-year supply on hand and got shorted last year on my extra wood. If I get 6 cord next year I will be back to what I like to have on hand to start the season with. Mark H.

Les...Tamarack???    Posted 07-03-2002 at 02:20:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
You ain't fussy are ya?

Hal/WA    Posted 07-04-2002 at 12:32:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
In Eastern Washington buckskin tamarack firewood is about the best wood you can get. It splits very easy, burns hot and long and is the least messy because the bark is already off of it.

Buckskin tamarack is worth $20 or $30 more per cord than average mixed species firewood from logging slash or clearing. And buckskin tamarack is worth the extra money, in my opinion, if you have to buy wood not grown on your property.

Mark Hendershot    Posted 07-03-2002 at 07:13:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Out here we don't have the good wood like Oak, Maple ect. The pine is to sappy and Fir is OK, Tamerack is about the best you can get for heating. We don't have any hard wood to burn. Back East or on the West side you can get Maple and the good stuff! Mark H.

DeadCarp    Posted 07-03-2002 at 08:44:03       [Reply]  [No Email]
Don't know how good a firewood tamarack makes, but it sure can take the weather! Our neigbor stole some from us years ago, cut it up and built a wooden silo, that thing stood for 20 years as-is. Maybe the corn juice helped.

People around here don't like birch but i do. It burns real hot, and with a wet storage system there's nothing wrong with a good efficient burn.

Mark Hendershot    Posted 07-03-2002 at 15:51:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
I belive it is of the Larch family. Mark H.

Bob /Ont.    Posted 07-03-2002 at 13:56:08       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Isn't birch about the same as maple to burn? Seem to think it was fairly heavy and then should have a good heat output.
Later Bob

Mark Hendershot    Posted 07-03-2002 at 15:49:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
It is not a true hard wood but is real close! You better split it when it is green to or it is real hard to split! Burns real good. Mark H.

Bob /Ont.    Posted 07-03-2002 at 16:46:47       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Got a kitchen window sill made of it Mark, got it by mistake thought it was maple, nice grain and finished up good too. Had to drill holes for the nails to fasten it on. Slipped with the hammer and it didn't even mark it, that's hard.
Later Bob

Rob    Posted 07-02-2002 at 19:40:56       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I hear ya there friend. Good to see I am not the only person around that apreciates the simple things in life. Most folks give me a really wierd look when I get all excited about cutting wood. ;)

And this blasted heat can go away anytime now. Havnt been to a beach in ages, I would rather be neck deep in snow, camping in a self-made shelter with a nice campfire. Those silent January mornings before light, staring at the stars. All the earth is still in a frozen silence, so as you can almost hear the stars twinkling in the night sky. Such a perfect stillness can not be found even in the imagination. All the cell phones, computer screens and sports cars in the world cannot compare to those mornings spent gazing into the eyes of God.


I miss cold blowing freezing blizards. I think I am going to go cut some wood tomaro and dream of colder weather.


bob    Posted 07-03-2002 at 07:37:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
had to cut tree yesterday that wind had split. if it keeps me as warm this winter as I was cutting it up that will be worth the sweat. got brush all burned too . Like to burn when leaves are green have better luck getting to burn than waiting maybe more smoke but all burns.

DeadCarp    Posted 07-02-2002 at 21:53:22       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'm with you on liking winter - years ago i decided i liked it better. In winter there's always a place to go warm up but when it's hot & humid, even the basement's no good. course, there wasn't air conditioning then. :)

I like to get wood up after deer season - gives me something productive to do in that coupla weeks til the lakes freeze. Talk about stars & silence - trudging back from the fish-house at night! Just me & the nite. Good stuff.

bob ny    Posted 07-03-2002 at 05:08:25       [Reply]  [No Email]
hey carp i've often wondered about ice fishing
i know guys that fish a lake with a boat all summer go all over the lake and complain about not catching any thwn go out on the ice cut an 6 inch hole and think its right over the fish maybe
you could explain this reasoning to me

DeadCarp - ice fishing    Posted 07-04-2002 at 08:44:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well, it's kinda like trying to figure out where to plant corn - chances are you'll get SOME luck anywhere and trolling's rough when the lake's froze. I like to chainsaw a TV-sized hole in the ice even when i'm angling - then if a nice one comes by, i have time to try to entice him. The spare rod with the makeup on is always setup. In summer they just lay in the shade (fish don't have eyelids) under the boat and get their schooling. :)
'Course, never believe a fisherman....

Mark Hendershot    Posted 07-02-2002 at 20:28:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good time to get it all put up befor the real heat hits. The guys around me wait till winter is on them or just run out in the middle of it and complain. I like winter too but need some summer to make winter better. Got to get my gardens in the freezer first, buildings painted, fences repaired or built and with out the snow it is easier. But I sure do enjoy the season! Glad when fire season is over too!!! Mark H.

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