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Got Wood!!!!

ak1

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After leaving my inlaws house, I noticed some one chopping down a tree. So I stopped to ask what they had. Sugar Maple!!!

Ended up with a piece of trunk 12" thick by 25" diameter. It weighs at least 200 lbs. I love freebie's!

Then later that day, a buddy calls me up and tells me that he cut down an apple tree & I can have some wood.

So, this is what I ended up with;

 

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Great score AK1 !
 

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nice score AK!!!  take that maple and make splits out of it, get rid of the bark and all that center stuff where the pith rotted out. save just the nice clean wood and season it for a few months minimum. you have some great smoking there buddy!
 

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Thanks everyone!

I figure I'll be sitting on this stuff until springtime at least.  I'm hoping that the rot in the maple doesn't go too far. 
 

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Great score sure wish we had apple around here
 

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Definatly a great score and I use apple most of the time too. You will love it if you already don't.
 

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Congrats on getting wood AK.

Freebies are the best. From the pic, the maple doesn't look to bad. There's gonna be a little bit that splits to the trash but theres alot of good wood there. Since I am working on my trailer, and its built with a stick burner, I guess I am on the look out for splits again.

If you don't mind, please post back as to how well the maple works for ya.
 

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Awesome, but I thought you guys weighed in kilos? Eh.
 

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Awesome, but I thought you guys weighed in kilos? Eh.
I think he knows if he says that, old guys like me will have no idea how heavy it is.

I get a headache watching olympic weightlifting !

Bear
 

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Aw man, what a score! I sure would love some of that sugar maple! When I got my freebie hickory stump I was like a little kid so I feel your excitement!
 

ak1

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Aw man, what a score! I sure would love some of that sugar maple! When I got my freebie hickory stump I was like a little kid so I feel your excitement!
I love freebie wood, and am always on the look out for some. I'm pretty lucky in that where I live there's all kinds of stuff available if you look. Right now I've got Birch, Maple (Sugar & Norway), Apple & Plum. Had a chance a while ago to get some Peach & Pear, but didn't have a chainsaw available.
 

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Great Score!

Split it up and stack it loose, so air gets all around it.  I was told that Oak will "Air Dry" at a rate of 1/4"-1/2" per year, and I would assume Apple or Sugar Maple would be similar.  If you wanted to speed up the process, I bet you could cut up some small chunks, load them on a cookie sheet and into the oven for a few hours.  Worth a try....

Todd
 

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