The Backyard Lumberjack
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Whether you’re splitting a cord of wood for your fireplace or managing acres of woodland, The Backyard Lumberjack provides plenty of practical instruction and firsthand advice. Familiarize yourself with the proper equipment and safety gear, then learn how to fell, buck, split, and stack your own wood supply for the season. Veteran lumberjacks Frank Philbrick and Stephen Philbrick cover everything you need to know to bring a tree from the forest to your fireplace, safely and effectively.
Hydraulic Splitters I feel it incumbent upon me to tell you a little about the competition here: mechanized splitters. So that the next time you’re up to your thighs in 10°F weather whaling away on some 18-inch rounds of stubborn beech — and loving every minute of it — you can give a wry smirk. There are all varieties of hydraulic splitters, from the small trailer-style ones that can be hauled around by trucks, tractors, or even ATVs on up to the top-of-the-line firewood processing machines.
device is a coated ceramic honeycomb designed to catch particles exiting the firebox that have not been thoroughly ignited. The advantage of a catalytic element is a cleaner-burning stove that throws a more constant heat. The disadvantage is that the stove must be tended to more carefully, as it is possible to “overfire” this element and damage it. Even with careful use and regular cleaning, the catalytic element cannot be expected to remain efficient for more than six burning seasons. If the
motorcycle engine, and it had the sole of an old boot wedged between the cigar-shaped muffler and the rest of the saw to cut down vibration. These things ran on all types of wacky fuel, but the one I was able to remember long enough to commit to paper was methanol with a 120-octane count and 6 percent nitromethane. I was warned that the stuff was incredibly flammable and unstable by a guy pouring the fuel back out of the saw, which had a dangerously hot muffler. I asked why it had to come back
you tap it or try to twist it out of shape. The frame is relatively cheap, but the blades are expensive; they can run $300 to $500. Sawing one off. Mike Slingerland makes his way through the log during the one-man crosscut event. Stroke! Stroke! Sawdust flies while Dave Jewett and J.P. Mercier get down to business in the two-man crosscut competition. Two-Man Crosscut See “One-Man Crosscut,” and add another person. In each of the sawing events contestants can have a helper who sprays the saw
bucker. Man in charge of fallers and buckers. Bullcook. The chore boy around camp. He cuts fuel, fills wood boxes, sweeps bunkhouses, feeds pigs, and is often the butt of camp jokes. Corks. Calks; short, sharp spikes set in the soles of shoes. Dehorn. Any sort of booze. Used by old-time Wobblies to denote anything that takes the mind of the worker from the class struggle. Donkey. Stationary engine. Donkey doctor. Donkey-engine mechanic. Driving pitch. High water suitable for driving logs