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Firewood Guide http://www.firewoodguide.com The Complete Firewood Resource! Wed, 27 May 2015 14:27:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.9 85022962 Fire Prevention and Safety Tips http://www.firewoodguide.com/fire-prevention-and-safety-tips/ http://www.firewoodguide.com/fire-prevention-and-safety-tips/#respond Tue, 26 May 2015 13:48:51 +0000 http://www.firewoodguide.com/?p=3487 Did you know that a fire doubles in size every 30 seconds? With approximately 500,000 structure fires reported last year, it’s important to know the facts. Knowing the facts will help in understanding and implementing fire prevention and safety tips 0 seconds – Ground zero, a fire starts when the contents of a waste basket burst […]

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Did you know that a fire doubles in size every 30 seconds?

With approximately 500,000 structure fires reported last year, it’s important to know the facts. Knowing the facts will help in understanding and implementing fire prevention and safety tips

  • Is it time to (re)place detectors in your home?

    0 seconds – Ground zero, a fire starts when the contents of a waste basket burst into flames.

  • 30 seconds – fire spreads to nearby furniture
  • 1 minute, 4 seconds – Polyurethane cushioning from furniture melts, spreading fire to the carpeted areas. Smoke and toxic gases start to fill the room.
  • 1 minute, 47 seconds – Smoke rises to 2nd floor of home
  • 3 Minutes, 3 seconds – Temperature in ground zero exceeds 500 degrees F – no one can survive in this area.
  • 3 Minutes, 41 seconds – Flashover! Everything in ground zero ignites forcing temperatures to exceed 1400 degrees F. Windows burst outward with the entire room filling with flames, forcing smoke and toxic gases throughout the house.
  • 4 Minutes, 33 seconds – The flames climb the house, enter the windows and spread to 2nd floor between the walls. Rescue at this point is not a high probability.

Fire Prevention and Safety Tips

 

6 Steps for Fire Prevention and Safety

  1. Clean your chimney – Have your chimneys and related devices inspected and cleaned annually. Creosote is a nasty firestarter.
  2. Smoke alarms – smoke alarms should be installed on every level of the home, inside each bedroom and outside each sleeping area. Smoke alarms should be tested monthly with the batteries being replaced twice per year.
  3. Evacuation plan – Practice an evacuation plan with your family and have a meeting place outside the home so that all family members can be accounted for.
  4. Alternate routes – It is important to know several ways out of you home in case exit points are blocked. For multi level homes, it is recommended to purchase escape ladders for 2nd floor levels.
  5. Fire extinguishers – Not only should you have a fire extinguisher on each level, but all family members should be trained on how to use them.
  6. Kitchen safety – The #1 cause of house fires is cooking. placing a lid over a burning pan is the safest and simplest way to extinguish the fire.

Home Security CO Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Smoke Gas Sensor Warning Alarm Detector Tester Monitor LCD

Following these simple Fire Prevention and Safety Tips could assist in saving lives and limiting damage to structures.

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How do I Know What Firewood to Buy? http://www.firewoodguide.com/how-do-i-know-what-firewood-to-buy/ http://www.firewoodguide.com/how-do-i-know-what-firewood-to-buy/#respond Wed, 13 May 2015 14:08:11 +0000 http://www.firewoodguide.com/?p=3446 How do I know what firewood to buy? From moisture heavy wood that builds excessive creosote in your chimney, to major shortchanging on quantity for cost, there are a lot of ways that a firewood purchase can go sour. Protect yourself, your wallet, and your home by arming yourself with these tips for purchasing wood. How […]

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How do I know what firewood to buy? From moisture heavy wood that builds excessive creosote in your chimney, to major shortchanging on quantity for cost, there are a lot of ways that a firewood purchase can go sour. Protect yourself, your wallet, and your home by arming yourself with these tips for purchasing wood.

How do I Know What Firewood to Buy?

How do I Know What Firewood to Buy?

 

So when you ask “how do I know what firewood to buy“, you now have a terrific starting point for to increase your knowledge base.

Buying the best firewood doesn’t have to be painful. Following some of these few simple tips can help to ensure that you make the educated decisions in your purchase and can guarantee you a season filled with the gentle crackling and warmth of a well kindled fire.

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Snow Joe SWJ800E 8-Inch Electric Pole Chain Saw http://www.firewoodguide.com/snow-joe-swj800e-8-inch-electric-pole-chain-saw/ http://www.firewoodguide.com/snow-joe-swj800e-8-inch-electric-pole-chain-saw/#respond Fri, 08 May 2015 16:37:45 +0000 http://www.firewoodguide.com/?p=3414 Snow Joe SWJ800E 8-Inch Electric Pole Chain Saw – Product Review Who doesn’t like a well manicured yard? Sometimes, the hard to reach tree branches can’t be trimmed with ease and safety. Ladders are shaky and not the safest way to extend sharp power tools. Let me introduce you to the Snow Joe SWJ800E 8-Inch Electric Pole […]

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Snow Joe SWJ800E 8-Inch Electric Pole Chain Saw – Product Review

Who doesn’t like a well manicured yard? Sometimes, the hard to reach tree branches can’t be trimmed with ease and safety. Ladders are shaky and not the safest way to extend sharp power tools.

Let me introduce you to the Snow Joe SWJ800E 8-Inch Electric Pole Chain Saw. 

The Snow Joe SWJ800E 8-Inch Electric Pole Chain Saw allows you to trim your over-grown branches with ease, safety, and with affordability up to 15 feet in height.


The Snow Joe SWJ800E 8-Inch Electric Pole Chain Saw features a 6.5 amp motor which can tackle even the toughest branches up to 7.5 inches thick. The 8-inch Oregon bar is equipped with an auto-oiler and can be effortlessly extended over 8 feet eliminating the use of a ladder. The Saw Joe is powered through electricity and comes with a built in safety switch that averts any accidental startup.

Some prominent features of the Snow Joe SWJ800E 8-Inch Electric Pole Chain Saw include:

  • A perfect solution for cutting hard-to-reach, over hanging branches and stubborn logs from your garden.
  • The telescopic pole extends over 8 feet which will provide the users a reach of approximately 15 feet.
  • The powerful 6.5-amp motor can even be used to saw branches that are up to 7.5 inches thick.
  • The 8-inch cutting bar comprises of automatic lubrication with the Oil tank capacity of 80 ml that has a window to gauge the oil levels.
  • The SWJ 800E is approved by the CSA and comes with a complete two-year warranty.

Being smaller and electric, The Snow Joe SWJ800E has a sound level of 108 dB which is similar to the sound of a running car yet does not expel fuel fumes.

For more details and reviews please visit Amazon –
Snow Joe SWJ800E, 8-Inch Electric Pole Chain Saw, 6.5-Amp

 

The Snow Joe SWJ800E 8-Inch Electric Pole Chain Saw is easy to assemble and comes with a manual that gives step-by-step instructions for easy installment. I read a review that someone had difficulty understanding the assembling instructions – if you find them confusing, you can also view the YouTube assembly tutorial below.

The Snow Joe SWJ800E 8-Inch Electric Pole Chain Saw should be cleaned properly after each use. The supplied screw driver and the hex key wrench will assist in removing the end covers nut cap and help clean any debris that are trapped inside. Compressed air can also be used to remove any fine particles that are wedged in the bar and the chain.

The Saw Chain uses regular Bar and chain oil which is easily accessible or can be purchased from the manufacturer’s website.

The Snow Joe SWJ800E 8-Inch Electric Pole Chain Saw has received many positive customers’ feedback since its release.  Happy consumers have been satisfied with the compactness of the tool and the simplicity of use which allowed them to work on large amounts using less time.

Now with the Snow Joe SWJ800E 8-Inch Electric Pole Chain Saw, you or your spouse will have no more worries of falling from a ladder while cutting overhead branches. The work can be done easily and securely from ground level. Buy the Snow Joe SWJ 800 E and be impressed with its effectiveness and ease-of-use.

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WEN 56206 6-Ton Electric Log Splitter – Review http://www.firewoodguide.com/wen-56206-6-ton-electric-log-splitter-review/ http://www.firewoodguide.com/wen-56206-6-ton-electric-log-splitter-review/#respond Thu, 07 May 2015 14:17:10 +0000 http://www.firewoodguide.com/?p=3383 WEN 56206 6-Ton Electric Log Splitter – Product Review There are many varieties of electric log splitters in the market, but for this review we will be looking specifically at the WEN 56206 6-Ton Electric Log Splitter. The WEN 56206 6-Ton Electric Log Splitter runs off regular house power and is lightweight and easy to […]

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WEN 56206 6-Ton Electric Log Splitter – Product Review

There are many varieties of electric log splitters in the market, but for this review we will be looking specifically at the WEN 56206 6-Ton Electric Log Splitter.

The WEN 56206 6-Ton Electric Log Splitter runs off regular house power and is lightweight and easy to operate by most family members with proper instruction.

Being electric and not gas, the WEN 56206 6-Ton Electric Log Splitter is mobile, safe and quiet enough to operate indoors should weather be a deterrent to splitting wood outdoors.

For more details and reviews please visit Amazon –
WEN 56206 6-Ton Electric Log Splitter

Description

The WEN 56206 6-Ton Electric Log Splitter is built sturdy and forceful. This electric wood splitter has heavy gauge welded steel handles and a powerful 2 hp 15 amp motor which can apply up to 12,000 lbs of force for the tougher wood splitting jobs.

The WEN 56206 6-Ton Electric Log Splitter can cut wood logs up to 20.5 Inch in length and 10 Inches in diameter, with an automatic push plate and a separate valve and pump. If you have wood logs that are larger than the required maximum of the WEN splitter, you would first need to manually split it down to the allowed size – To do this, you may consider looking at our review of the Fiskars 7884 X27 36 Inch Super Splitting Axe.

Being electric, the WEN 56206 6-Ton Log Splitter has no requirement for oil, gas or batteries. Just plug in this convenient splitter and away you go. The logs are pushed into a 4.5 Inch wedge by a 4″ x 4″ push plate and 15-1/2 Inch ram, splitting the wood swiftly and without harmful exhaust fumes.

While offering power and mobility, the WEN electric splitter has not compromised safety. The WEN 56206 6-Ton Electric Log Splitter is designed to be operated with the two hands. The removal of a hand moves the ram to it’s starting position making operation safer to use by keeping the hands away from the wedges and the ram.

This splitter is not all brute force. The WEN 56206 6-Ton Electric Log Splitter comes with comfort-grip handles and 6″ tires to easily transport to your work area when necessary.

The WEN 56206 6-Ton Electric Log Splitter is CSA approved, and comes with a two years WEN warranty and AW32 hydraulic oil to fill it with.

WEN 56206 6-Ton Electric Log Splitter has the product dimensions of about 95.2×29.2×45.7 cm.  The weight of this 6 ton electric log splitter is 45.4 kilograms with the length of about 95.2 cm. The width of this electric splitter is 29.2 cm and the height is approximately 45.7 cm.

WEN 56206 6-Ton Electric Log Splitter from Amazon, has free shipping with delivery within a week after the order confirmation. The price of this splitter is about CDN$ 289.99.

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Black & Decker LCS120 20V Max Lithium Chain Saw – Review http://www.firewoodguide.com/black-decker-lcs120-20v-max-lithium-chain-saw-review/ http://www.firewoodguide.com/black-decker-lcs120-20v-max-lithium-chain-saw-review/#respond Mon, 04 May 2015 16:19:12 +0000 http://www.firewoodguide.com/?p=3348 Black & Decker LCS120 20V Max Lithium Chain Saw – Product Review The Black & Decker LCS120 20V Max Lithium Chain Saw was made for people who require a convenient, lightweight and affordable option for maintaining bushes, cutting wood,  and smaller trees. Lightweight and battery operated, the Black & Decker LCS120 20V Max Lithium Chain […]

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Black & Decker LCS120 20V Max Lithium Chain Saw – Product Review

The Black & Decker LCS120 20V Max Lithium Chain Saw was made for people who require a convenient, lightweight and affordable option for maintaining bushes, cutting wood,  and smaller trees.

Lightweight and battery operated, the Black & Decker LCS120 20V Max Lithium Chain Saw is not to be mistaken for commercial lumberjack equipment, however, it is highly convenient and effective for the majority of tasks around the home.

With growing environmental awareness and the need for convenient electric lawn and garden equipment, Black and Decker has launched one of their long-lasting interchangeable battery tools, Black & Decker LCS120 20V Max Lithium Chain Saw to strong reviews.

The lawn and garden products that Black and Decker has offered are almost always durable, convenient and easy to use by the consumer. The Black & Decker LCS120 20V Max Lithium Chain Saw is no exception.

Description

Black & Decker LCS120 20V Max Lithium Chain Saw, is a convenient 20V MAX* lithium battery system that obviously releases zero emanation. This “clean” cordless chainsaw can work well in the yard by trimming the trees without the release of gas by the more conventional gas chainsaw.

The Black & Decker LCS120 20V Max Lithium Chain Saw is very lightweight (weighing only 5.1 lbs) and can be used for both hard and soft wood.

For safety and control, the Black & Decker LCS120 20V Max Lithium Chain Saw sports an 8 Inch reduced and low kickback bar with a wrap around handle, allowing one to cut the wood in numerous positions. The chain gets replaced with the replacement chain No. RC-800.

In most cases, the Black & Decker LCS120 20V Max Lithium Chain Saw, comes with a charger, battery, blade cover and a wrench.

Depending on the job at hand, the LCS120 can make up to 150 1-½- inch cuts in a diameter in a single charge.

The Unit itself is very easy to assemble as there are not more than 2 or 3 separate pieces with easy directions to follow.

For cutting smaller size limbs, this chain saw works like a charm, as it is lightweight and extremely powerful. It also works well for cutting larger limbs, however, the larger and harder the wood, the more power required, hence draining the battery quicker. For larger, denser jobs, it is a good idea to have an additional battery to swap in while one is charging.

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Black & Decker LCS120 20V Max Lithium Chain Saw

The Black & Decker LCS120 20V Max Lithium Chain Saw is quiet by chainsaw standards.

The weight of this unit is about 5.1 lbs. Amazon offers free shipping of the Black & Decker LCS120 20V Max Lithium Chain Saw while being listed for CDN$ 148.00

Clean, affordable, and lightweight…What are you waiting for?

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How Chimneys Work http://www.firewoodguide.com/how-chimneys-work/ http://www.firewoodguide.com/how-chimneys-work/#respond Fri, 01 May 2015 15:35:22 +0000 http://www.firewoodguide.com/?p=3331 How Chimneys Work Problems with wood burning systems in homes are usually related to their chimneys. The right chimney, layout and design are vital to the good performance of the chimney. Also, knowing the way your chimney works will help you in day-to-day use of the appliance. Chimneys work on the simple basis that hot […]

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How Chimneys Work

Problems with wood burning systems in homes are usually related to their chimneys. The right chimney, layout and design are vital to the good performance of the chimney. Also, knowing the way your chimney works will help you in day-to-day use of the appliance.Chimneys

Chimneys work on the simple basis that hot air rises as it is less dense than cold air. Hence, when the chimney gets full of hot gas, the gas rises. This hot gas makes a pressure known as the draft that pulls combustion air in the chimney and ejects the gas outside.

The draft of a chimney is affected by two things:

  1. Heat

The hotter will be the gas in the chimney, the more powerful will be the draft.

  1. Height

A tall chimney will produce more draft when there is a temperature difference.

Chimney Designs

A chimney design is vital in blending the chimney with the look of your fireplace and home. Also, the design is important for the functioning of the chimney. There is no use of a chimney that looks good but does not serve its purpose which is to exit the smoke.  A wide variety of chimney designs is available to suit both local, as well as aesthetic needs of the customer.

  1. Masonry chimneys

These chimneys are the most common type of chimney. It can be made from brick, concrete or also stone. These chimneys are usually included in the general building by the builder. A masonry chimney gives the home a rustic feel. In Masonry chimney, visible chimneys or chimneys that are tucked away can be chosen

  1. Factory-made chimneys

These chimneys are made from a metal which is like stainless steel and are much less expensive than masonry chimneys. These chimneys are also very easy to reassemble. Factory-made chimneys come in various designs; mass-insulated chimney, air-insulated chimney as well as air-cooled chimney.

Chimney Repair Issues

Whatever type of chimney you have installed in your home, it has to be cleaned as well as overhauled frequently. For this purpose, you can employ the services of a chimney service company.  Sometimes you need to hire chimney repair services also as a well-functioning chimney will perform effectively. Some common chimney repair issues are:

  1. Blockage

Many blockages can occur in a chimney including creosote. A blockage is actually quite dangerous. Hence, you need to have your chimneys inspected frequently and get the blockage repaired from experts if it occurs.

  1. Cracks

Usually, fireplaces are lined with clay tile which is the most economical. Chimneys face a lot of heat and stress. If they are lined with clay and not steel, they can become damaged and cracked which is dangerous. Firstly, the heat can reach your home and ignite a fire. Secondly, it will also expose you to dangerous gases like carbon monoxide.

  1. Chimney cap and crown

If the chimney cap or chimney crown is damaged, moisture can come in which will lead to a lot of disorders that are unsafe for you. For this purpose also, a repair company has to be hired.

For more information on fire safety please read these tips.

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Wood burning stove parts http://www.firewoodguide.com/wood-burning-stove-parts/ http://www.firewoodguide.com/wood-burning-stove-parts/#respond Tue, 28 Apr 2015 15:37:00 +0000 http://www.firewoodguide.com/?p=2883 If you own a wood burning stove, please be advised that some wood burning stove parts do, in fact, wear out. The good news is that the wood burning stove parts that may wear out are few and far between. There aren’t that many that wear to the point of replacement, and are reasonably easy to find. When planning […]

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If you own a wood burning stove, please be advised that some wood burning stove parts do, in fact, wear out.

The good news is that the wood burning stove parts that may wear out are few and far between. There aren’t that many that wear to the point of replacement, and are reasonably easy to find.

wood stove partsWhen planning to purchase a new wood stove, it is helpful to know which parts are the most likely to wear out.

There is nothing worse than trying to locate parts for something you may have purchased at one time, only to find you cannot get parts for it. To be beneficial in guiding your purchase, it is good to know which parts wear, and how readily available they are to replace. Oh yeah, let’s not forget cost of the wood burning stove parts. You don’t want to pay more for a part than the stove is to replace as a whole!

Wood burning stove parts that may wear at some point over the life of your wood stove are;

  • stove connector
  • catalytic converter
  • door gaskets
  • chimney parts

The stove connector, over time, can corrode.

The catalytic convertor eventually gets plugged with residue and requires replacement. The replacement cycle is dependent on your burning habits such as frequency of use, and the quality of fuel you have been burning.

Door gaskets, eventually dry and wear out. When this happens, the door seal is compromised and the wood stove loses efficiency in the wood burning process. The door gaskets are fairly easy to replace for most anybody with or without experience.

The chimney parts that may wear due to manufacturers materials used when produced, as well as corrosion.

Wood burning stove parts can cost anywhere from couple of dollars for a gasket, to upwards of $600 for a high end catalytic convertor.

Like anything else, once you know the parts required, you can research the best pricing available online. Be advised that wood stove catalytic convertors are specific to the stove and are usually not interchangeable.

Depending on your budget, chimney parts may or may not be worth spending a little more money on. For example, if you invest in a double walled stovepipe, the need for replacement is greatly reduced. Double walled pipes last much longer, ultimately saving on the expense of future stove pipe replacement, as well as the labor to replace it.

It is always recommended that the wood burning stove parts that come in contact with corrosive gasses, smoke, ash – are always worth paying more for. Usually the more expensive parts are made of better materials and last much longer. Again saving labor in the long run.

For the more expensive parts that you know have a specific lifespan, it may be prudent to search in advance for sales and promotions. For example, if you know the catalytic convertor wears out in 5 years, you may want to begin searching for a deal before it is expired. Maybe start your search with 2 years remaining?

Firstly, you must identify suppliers of the parts you require, preferably a wholesale supplier and sign up for any email promotions and/or updates.

You might also want to set up a google alerts notification for your stove and required parts. this way, anytime your interested item is indexed by google, you will receive a free alert.

Preparing your wood burning stove parts purchases this way can most likely save you a lot of money, as well as unnecessary aggravation of having something fail unexpectedly.

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Fiskars 7884 X27 36 Inch Super Splitting Axe – Review http://www.firewoodguide.com/fiskars-7884-x27-36-inch-super-splitting-axe/ http://www.firewoodguide.com/fiskars-7884-x27-36-inch-super-splitting-axe/#respond Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:24:52 +0000 http://www.firewoodguide.com/?p=3262 Fiskars 7884 X27 36 Inch Super Splitting Axe – Product Review When you are out there swinging your axe for splitting logs to make some firewood, having an appropriate axe in your hands is essential for ultimate splitting and snapping of logs into clean splits. This ensures supreme quality firewood; fulfilling your purpose in a nicer […]

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Fiskars 7884 X27 36 Inch Super Splitting Axe – Product Review

When you are out there swinging your axe for splitting logs to make some firewood, having an appropriate axe in your hands is essential for ultimate splitting and snapping of logs into clean splits. This ensures supreme quality firewood; fulfilling your purpose in a nicer way. The tool we are talking about is ‘Fiskars 7884 X27 36 Inch Super Splitting Axe’ which is a great choice to consider when looking for a splitting axe. Its design features are optimized for swift splitting, thus, providing us with excellent finished firewood. Let’s take a look at this super splitting axe from the world renowned company, ‘Fiskars.’

Fiskars 7884 X27 36 Inch Super Splitting Axe

Fiskars 7884 X27 36 Inch Super Splitting Axe

Fiskars 7884 X27 36 Inch Super Splitting Axe is a light weight axe with a long handle for splitting medium to heavy and large-sized or even extra large-sized logs. Its 36 inch long shaft makes it ideal for tall persons as well. The 2.7 kg head-blade affixed to the long handle constitutes a perfect balance which in turns renders a perfect power-to-weight ratio when swinging. All this provides a very stable swing trajectory which doesn’t let the person get exhausted or fatigued during any kind of heavy splitting and intensive tasks. Its perfect weight distribution makes it comfortable, safe and easy to use. Apart from that, it allows the task to be completed in a fast manner

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The Fiskars Super axe has a marvelous blade designed to deliver maximum power through its ultra-sharp edge. The advanced bevel convex blade geometry makes it possible to handle such great amount of power without any chance of getting fractured or broken. This blade geometry also makes it easier to remove the axe from wood in case it gets stuck. With this axe, we can butter the logs in single swings. Yes, it’s guaranteed that just a single swing would slice the logs apart into clean and flawless splits.

The axe’s handle is made up of FiberComb that makes it super light and efficient. It’s very durable and it won’t break even if one goes frenzied or muscly with it. Furthermore, the shaft is easy to hold and firm to grip. It also features vibration absorbing quality which prevents the jerky strikes that would otherwise severely shake your hands.

This is no surprise if you do a lot of splitting and your axe’s blade becomes dull. Thus, Fiskar provides a smart solution to this problem as well. In case your Fiskars 7884 X27 36 Inch Super Splitting Axe gets blunted, rolling and running your axe’s blade in ‘Fiskars XSharp™ Axe and Knife Sharpener’ a couple of times would again restore the ultimate cutting sharpness.

Merging all these qualities together, we get a super axe that is well suited for clean and swift splitting. It is a light weight, powerful, comfortable and safe axe that’s going to take your wood cutting chore to a whole new enriching experience. You will surely be amazed by Fiskars 7884 X27 36 Inch Super Splitting Axe and the way it will split wood logs with clean and neat cuts. And you will love swinging your super axe.

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Wood Heating Values http://www.firewoodguide.com/wood-heating-values/ http://www.firewoodguide.com/wood-heating-values/#respond Mon, 20 Apr 2015 13:43:50 +0000 http://www.firewoodguide.com/?p=3240 Wood Heating Values – It is very important to understand the heating values of different woods used for firewood. It is only common sense to burn soft woods when less heating is required from spring to autumn, leaving the denser woods for winter’s cold. Not knowing the difference in wood heating values can really play […]

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Wood Heating Values – It is very important to understand the heating values of different woods used for firewood. It is only common sense to burn soft woods when less heating is required from spring to autumn, leaving the denser woods for winter’s cold.

wood heating valuesNot knowing the difference in wood heating values can really play with the common sense part of your decision making.

Wood heating values are necessary to make educated decisions

Wood heating values can be affected by moisture within the wood. Make sure all wood is seasoned as the presence of moisture in firewood takes a large quantity of energy during combustion.

For safety reasons, always sweep your chimney at least once per year!

 

Species

Calorific Power

Species

Calorific Power

Elm Cork
Hickory
White Oak
Sugar Maple
Broadleaf Beech
Red Oak
Yellow Birch
Red Elm
White Ash
Elm of America
Red Maple
Larch
Late Cherry
White Birch

32000
30600
30600
29000
27800
27300
26200
25400
25000
24500
24000
24000
23500
24400

Black Ash
Green Ash
silver Maple
Boxelder
Aspen
Hemlock
Poplar False Aspen
Butternet
Balsam Poplar
White Pine
Lime of America
Occidental Thuya
White Spruce
Balsam Fir

22600
22100
21700
19300
18200
17900
17700
17400
17260
17100
17000
17000
16200
15500

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Tree felling is terminology set in the forestry world.

It is the process of cutting down a tree for a variety of reasons; if a tree becomes unsteady, develops disease inside it or poses obstruction to your property or personal welfare.

Tree fellingTree felling is considered to be a very risky task that should only be attempted by an experienced tree feller, or under the guidance of an experience tree feller.

Yet, how does one become an experienced tree feller if they never fell a tree?

Education and preparation are keys to tree felling

It is important that any tree felling project is planned very carefully, to avoid a potential disaster and remain safe.

Experienced or novice, one must always wear protective clothing and gear to protect your eyes, ears and hands. When tree felling, always wear protective glasses, and ear plugs. Steel capped boots and non-slip gloves are also recommended.

Understand that safety is very important!

Depending on your process, the basic tools involved for felling a tree are: Power saws, Hand Saws, Chainsaw, Crosscut saws, double-sided axes, Hydraulic splitters, Wedges, jacks and many more. 

For a beginner, the knowledge of application of these tools is very important. If a beginner is aware of the risks involved in the process of felling, then he is less likely to cause any damage to himself or the property.

Trees fall with tremendous force!

When determining your tree felling direction always try for a clear fall path and landing. To avoid cracking or damaging the fallen tree, make sure the landing is clear of any rocks or stumps. A cut tree will fall with enough force to send branches airborne! Factor this into your planning.

To avoid lodge trees, identify all possible fall paths and ensure those paths are free of other trees and/or debris. 

It is easier and safer to fell a tree in the direction that it is already leaning. Allowing gravity to do the work eliminates the need for wedges, making for a cleaner fall. 

If at all possible, to make removal easier, plan your fell so the butt faces the road where you plan to load or pull. 

Your first notch or face cut should be made on the side of the direction in which you wish the tree to be felled.tree felling

Tree Felling Quick Guide:

* Assembling the gear – Make sure that all the tools listed are present along with adequate protection attire.

* Assess the tree – General conditions are noted including height of the tree, material of the tree.

* Assess the environment- The drop zone should be free of people or anything at all prone to damage.

* Base of the tree is examined- The purpose of doing this is looking for root instability.

* Look and plan an escape route

* The lay is determined and a proper direction is selected to allow the tree to fall.

* First cut should be horizontal and on the side of which you want the tree to fall.

* Use your escape route.

Along with safety, one must also think of the cost aspect involved in the felling of the tree. Some factors are considered that ultimately affect the overall cost of felling. They are:

*Amount of trees – It is considered advantageous to carry out any work in which mass felling is required. If you are using large equipments then you must get more than the worth of the equipment.

*Environment – The overall cost will be reduced if there are risks involved in the landing of the trees. There shouldn’t be any people or property located near to the felling area.

*Disposal – After cutting the tree, it is your call what happens to the tree. People often cut the trees and store the wood for serving the purpose of firewood for themselves.

Tree felling is risky business that should only be done with education, safety, and the proper tools.

 

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