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Tool Gloat #1: Cutting Wood Warms You Twice

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Blog entry by MoshupTrail posted 848 days ago 1422 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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With an area of 1000sf, a 10’ ceiling and 2 large garage doors my shop is difficult to heat. In fact I didn’t even try. Until now. Okay, does this count as a tool? I dunno, but I bet there’s a few out there with cold shops like mine.

So here I go trying my hand at being a stone mason because to meet code in a garage you have to have any open flame at least 18” off the floor.

I had this stove installed by someone who knows what he’s doing. Needless to say, it wasn’t me.
I did the tile work on the platform using leftover tile and thinset from some other projects.

Now I can work in comfort when the weather is cold. Although it’s been a mild winter, even trying to work when the outside temp is below 50 can be a trial. And I’ve noticed that the large pile of scraps has been shrinking rapidly!

-- Some problems are best solved with an optimistic approach. Optimism shines a light on alternatives that are otherwise not visible.



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dbol

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#1 posted 848 days ago

Love it. I am a tile guy and that is some nice work.
I also have a woodburner and rapidly go thru my scraps.

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#2 posted 848 days ago

Nice, function and it looks good to. You will be ready for next winter.

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gfadvm

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#3 posted 848 days ago

That looks nice enough for the living room. I was expecting one of those 55 gal drum stoves. You did very nice work here.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 847 days ago

hmmmm….a few more times than twice by my calculations. I do a lot home heating with wood and try to scrounge as much as I can for free (not really when you consider gas/time). There is the heating felling the tree, 2 would be limbing the branches to firewood length, 3, moving, 4 is stacking, 5 is cutting the trunk up, 6 and 7 more moving and stacking, 8 I guess would be splitting, 9 and 10 would be more moving and stacking it into the house and finally 11 would be the burning. I probably missed some more moving and stacking in there, and then there is the saw sharpening, and a bunch of other things involved, but I will leave it at a dozen heat cycles in heating with wood….........Happy Chopping!!!!! and….......be thankful that you are not using axes and saws to do this (or are you?). Makes me wonder how all the “hand tool only” guys would do this, I would not want to get my dimensional lumber from trees using only hand power…lol

-- I still have all my fingers

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MoshupTrail

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#5 posted 847 days ago

@Jim – You got that right. I spent several hours each day this weekend sawing, splitting, stacking, moving, stacking, and yes, sharpening. Gotta set aside some oak for firewood next winter. I use a chain saw for sawing (Stihl) but splitting is still a manual affair with a big ole splitting maul. It’s exercise! – for those of us who get precious little of it any more. Fortunately, (or unfortunately depending how you look at it) there is plenty of oak to cut and split. Plus, I’ve got a serious pile of sawmill slabs.

I found some really interesting pieces while splitting. Set them aside for a project later.

-- Some problems are best solved with an optimistic approach. Optimism shines a light on alternatives that are otherwise not visible.

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MoshupTrail

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#6 posted 847 days ago

@dbol – thanks. I’m not a pro, but I’ve done several tile projects now and getting better.

-- Some problems are best solved with an optimistic approach. Optimism shines a light on alternatives that are otherwise not visible.

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