Thanks for your response to my post. The people on this forum are "da best".
I think my wood was simply too large. Not too much, just should have been split. It was essentially a joint, where the branch came off the trunk, so it was thick It was a piece from a tree that was cut down 5-6 (I think) yrs ago. I guess I'm gonna have to get an ax and a maul (??) and split the wood I have. Not looking forward to that. This 62 yr old city girl has NEVER split wood. But I (almost) never back down from an interesting challenge.
Have recently been roaming the neighborhoods and collecting wood from downed trees. Am very careful to collect only from identifiable trees. I know I can't use the wood for 3-4 yrs, but that's ok. I am building a lovely woodpile.
I love my chain saw. Great weight, great balance, 14" bar, battery operated. Goes thru wood like butter. Great for cutting "free" logs into pieces I can load in my van and take home to "reduce". Now I need to figure a way to split/rip the wood. Hmmm. So, until then, I guess I will need to visit the web site of the fine folks in Georgia.
Thanks for the info and the suggestions. Will have to wait on the DigiQ, no more money to smoke this year.
Yeah, I kept the cooker between 225-250. Once it got to temp, it was very easy to maintain a steady reading. Just a few coals every 90+- min. Am still becoming familiar with the eccentricities of this particular cooker. I know it will put out some amazing stuff when we become better friends. " src="http://files.smokingmeatforums.com/smilies/icon_surprised.gif" />
Thanks again for your help. Will put the suggestions to good use.
Until the next "smoke".....
Use the search bar at the top of the page and search for "cheap log splitter review" that will take you to ribwizzards review of the splitter he got from Norther Tools. See if you thing that one would suit your needs.