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by CuttingEdge
Fri Oct 19, 2018 2:57 am
Forum: Off-topic discussions
Topic: Heating Your Home
Replies: 12
Views: 201

Re: Heating Your Home

Interesting concept on the feller buncher. Does the saw move, or do you just push it into the tree? I bet it works good for what you've designed it to do. It works okay for what I want to do, but admit I am a little nervous sometimes of slamming the saw up against a stump, rock or another tree. It ...
by CuttingEdge
Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:20 am
Forum: Off-topic discussions
Topic: Heating Your Home
Replies: 12
Views: 201

Re: Heating Your Home

I am working on a project now to make the heating of my home 100% mechanical; the Holy Grail of people who heat with firewood for sure. In my case, I have a pot bellied coal stove which could easily burn firewood chunks, so I built a feller-buncher to go on my log trailer. It is not big so I can onl...
by CuttingEdge
Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:07 am
Forum: Off-topic discussions
Topic: Heating Your Home
Replies: 12
Views: 201

Re: Heating Your Home

I am sure my pellet stove being a cheap one has a lot to do with my dislike of pellet stoves. I do indeed have to clean my stove out everyday of ash or it just will not burn well. That kind of sucks. As for firewood, compared to what we used to do, we have come a long ways. Growing up we used to fel...
by CuttingEdge
Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Off-topic discussions
Topic: Heating Your Home
Replies: 12
Views: 201

Re: Heating Your Home

I have heard everything from 300 years worth of coal, to now 1000 years, but I do not dispute any of it. I know everyone says 100's of years so I do not feel guilty for burning it. And keep in mind, this is coming from a guy that has a few hundred acres covered with forest. I have always said, "Sell...
by CuttingEdge
Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:28 pm
Forum: Off-topic discussions
Topic: Heating Your Home
Replies: 12
Views: 201

Re: Heating Your Home

I am fortunate here, when we built in 97-98, natural gas was just coming in the area. Our rates are cheap enough that nothing else is even in the ballpark other than coal because we have cheap coal too. But, coal is not a good fit for me, so gas it is. Propane fluctuates quite a bit here, but if yo...
by CuttingEdge
Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:12 pm
Forum: Off-topic discussions
Topic: Moved Into Our Tiny House
Replies: 20
Views: 271

Re: Moved Into Our Tiny House

Here, the going rate is 18 cents a board foot for softwood, then 21 cents a board foot for hardwood, minimum is 1500 board feet. In other words, if a person has 1200 board feet, they are getting charged for 1500 board feet. Of course if it is over that, then it is whatever the board footage is. If a...
by CuttingEdge
Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:34 am
Forum: Off-topic discussions
Topic: Heating Your Home
Replies: 12
Views: 201

Heating Your Home

How do people on here heat their homes? I assume with bulldozers at the disposal, most use firewood. Myself, short of nuclear fission, I think I have used almost everything to heat my home: Propane, Coal, Firewood, Fuel Oil...and now wood pellets. After burning wood pellets for a week now, I will s...
by CuttingEdge
Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:24 am
Forum: Off-topic discussions
Topic: Moved Into Our Tiny House
Replies: 20
Views: 271

Re: Moved Into Our Tiny House

Please note though Terry that I would NEVER expect a custom sawmiller to cut this sort of wood. Myself, I hate waste, and being retired now, I have the time to work through less than stellar logs. But when I had custom sawmillers come here, everyone said they would saw for me anytime! That is becaus...
by CuttingEdge
Mon Oct 15, 2018 4:15 am
Forum: Off-topic discussions
Topic: Moved Into Our Tiny House
Replies: 20
Views: 271

Re: Moved Into Our Tiny House

I never have run cutting fluid so maybe I should start? :-) I will be honest with you though, no one else here does either, though I am not sure why. Even the custom sawmillers I have had come over the years never have used lubrication on the blade even when cutting resinous woods like White Pine, S...
by CuttingEdge
Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Off-topic discussions
Topic: Moved Into Our Tiny House
Replies: 20
Views: 271

Re: Moved Into Our Tiny House

I am with you Cuttingedge. Saw from the small end, with my mill I can raise the log to compensate for taper. You want to end up sawing parallel to the heart because the center of the log has poorest quality wood, you want to keep that low grade lumber in as few boards as possible. By turning 180 af...
by CuttingEdge
Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Off-topic discussions
Topic: Moved Into Our Tiny House
Replies: 20
Views: 271

Re: Moved Into Our Tiny House

Here is a photo of the north wall with the siding nailed on. I call these clapboards "Refined Rustic Clapboards" because they have a bit of character to them, but not a whole lot. That is, they are not wavy-edged like some homemade clapboards, but coming straight off the sawmill, there are some slig...
by CuttingEdge
Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:37 am
Forum: Off-topic discussions
Topic: Moved Into Our Tiny House
Replies: 20
Views: 271

Re: Moved Into Our Tiny House

I would be interested to know in how others mill wood. There is no right and wrong way that I would blast anyone for, it is just the my friend and I are diametrically opposed to how we saw lumber. How much he has sawn, I am not sure, and pretty sure he has only used this sawmill and thinks its great...
by CuttingEdge
Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:53 am
Forum: Off-topic discussions
Topic: Moved Into Our Tiny House
Replies: 20
Views: 271

Re: Moved Into Our Tiny House

This is the log loader (and trailer) loading logs out in the woods. It works really good on logs 8-14 feet long, but 16 footers can be a little tough to grab, balance just right and get them out of the woods, but it can be done.

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by CuttingEdge
Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:45 am
Forum: Off-topic discussions
Topic: Moved Into Our Tiny House
Replies: 20
Views: 271

Re: Moved Into Our Tiny House

I have a Woodmizer all hydraulic, only way to go IMO, turning logs by hand is hard on the back, especially when you work by yourself. Don't do portable anymore. Liability insurance got to be to much, and it is easier working at home where I am under roof and have a forklift. So now when somebody ha...
by CuttingEdge
Thu Oct 11, 2018 1:43 am
Forum: Off-topic discussions
Topic: Moved Into Our Tiny House
Replies: 20
Views: 271

Re: Moved Into Our Tiny House

My uncle had a portable sawmill. Of course he did, this being the same uncle who had the equipment dealerships. We would borrow it at times to make our own building materials. Handy thing, that. ;) Like the Walton's, we always had one growing up too. It amazes me know that my parents would allow me...