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Splitting sycamore wood
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Van de Bisch    Posted 01-19-2004 at 13:58:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hello there!
My neighbor lost some sycamore trees, compliments of hurricane Isabel. The wood's right there, for me to take. Tried to split some today. Hmmm! Maybe I should wait a couple more months and try again? What about a couple of years? Or decades? There's got to be a trick to split it. A suggestion anyone, besides renting a log splitter? Any help you can provide would be most appreciated.
Thank you!

mike in tn    Posted 01-19-2004 at 15:44:44       [Reply]  [Send Email]
It will split when it rots. It will stop up your flue up if you burn it green, and it will burn like paper if you wait until it's dry. leave it alone.

Fern(Mi)    Posted 01-19-2004 at 14:50:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Top side up. Stump end down. Don'y know why? Just splits that way by hand.
No hurricans up here I don't how far So. you are otherwise wait until the wood's good and frozen, then split.
A spliting maul and two/three steel wedges made for this purpose. Beats an axe.
Enjoy yourself.
Henry Ford said, "Man who cuts his own wood warms himself twice."

deadcarp    Posted 01-19-2004 at 16:26:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
i think ford was just being nice - of course you'd only get warmed twice if you felled the tree right into the firebox, but that method was regrettably lost to history with the demise of paul bunyan. really if you do it right and are clumsy enough, the stuff can warm you all winter! in the fall you don't hike thru the woods - you're really spotting likely trees, figuring out routes/methods of retrieval and the 16 guage is only along to lean on. or say mebbe a grouse skitters somewhere. yep with a proper forestry management technique, that one lonely trip can lock you and your (insert your favorite adjective)stove into a cross between matrimony and a death grip by this time of year, depending on how hard the wind blows and how much your shoulders ache. :)

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