Cutting firewood to length

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Cutting firewood to length

Post by llbaker2 » February 14th, 2019, 12:43 pm

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I have a Yoder Cheyenne offset smoker which has a relatively small firebox. Max stick length is about 11-12 inches unless placed diagonally. This presented a problem in that most cord wood is cut in 16 or 24 inch lengths, in this area (Missouri Ozarks). Came up with a firewood miter box that I use to relatively safe way to cut standard lengths down to fit my Yoder. I bought a face cord (1/3 cord, 16-20 inch sticks) and used miter box to cut sticks to 8-11 inch lengths. I stacked a pile of lengths into box and weighted stack with rope and concrete blocks to prevent movement of sticks while cutting. Box consisted of two towers with gap in between for bar of chainsaw. If sticks were longer I would first cut off excess sticking out end of miter box. Then I ran saw down gap between two towers. This miter box allowed me to safely cut a stack of maybe 20 or so sticks all at once making quick work out of cutting sticks to approximate firebox length. Also picked up a little 7 hp electric splitter for $400 for further splitting shorter lengths. Seems to work great. Couldnt justify spending $1500+ on a real splitter. Gettin to old to do by hand.

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Re: Cutting firewood to length

Post by mp4 » February 16th, 2019, 7:12 am

I like it - especially the old Homelite saw! They don't make them like that anymore.



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Re: Cutting firewood to length

Post by llbaker2 » February 16th, 2019, 8:32 pm

mp4 wrote:
February 16th, 2019, 7:12 am
I like it - especially the old Homelite saw! They don't make them like that anymore.
Yep, its a good ol' saw. Bought it used over 30 yrs ago and it was old then. Haven't been able to determine model year yet. Best I can tell it was made in '71 but not sure. Its an Super XL Automatic. Most of the auto oilers also have manual pump but not this one. Gonna call Homelite one of these days and see what I can find out.



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