|Forum topic by Nubsnstubs||posted 07-30-2016 02:18 PM||866 views||0 times favorited||18 replies|
07-30-2016 02:18 PM
This picture shows one load of 3 I got from a road widening project along West Ajo Road near the western outskirts of Tucson. Besides loosing a trailer tire, it was still well worth it. The largest piece in the picture is a Palo Verde crotch blank 20×24 of the trunk. This load netted me 6 pieces of PV that you can’t see as the Mesquites are covering them. After unloading, I went back and got another load, cutting the remaining 4’ long trunk off the stump. I also got another 4-6 Mesquite stumps.
I knew they were going to burn all the wood in 30+ piles along an 8 mile section of this road. I just didn’t know when the burn was going to take place. The pile of wood that all this came from was over 10 feet high, at least 30 feet wide, and about 75-100 yards long. What could be seen was at least 50 Palo Verde Trees about 10” od up to 16” od, and al least that quantity of Mesquites that were pretty much just stump sections as others were going out and cutting the branches from the stumps. No one is interested in Palo Verde for firewood because burns too fast, and puts out an awful smell.
I had made up my mind I wanted the huge Palo Verde stump. so Friday of last week, I drove out the the pile of wood, and it was nothing but a pile of ashes, with a few stumps that had a layer of charcoal on them. Disappointed, but was elated to see that whoever burned the pile had pushed the stump I wanted about 50 feet from where the burn was going to take place. Needless to say, this made my day, so I got this Palo Verde stump, at least 5’ od x 3’ tall and about 6-800 pounds into my trailer. In order to stabilize it from rolling around, I stuffed burnt stumps all around it, and loaded more of the because the charcoal is only about 3/4” thick. Most of the stumps are burled and about 14” od, so I’ll still be able to get a few turnings from the wood. Thanks for looking if you got this far…................. Jerry(in Tucson)
-- Jerry (in Tucson)