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Old 07-25-2009, 06:37 PM   #183
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Geñe,

It sounds like you need a bigger chainsaw, and/or more of them. If you are wearing things out within a day, having more "capacity" would seem a natural, n'est-ca pas?

Plus, second and subsequent machines would open up the possibliity of having a crew, i.e. strong young men to boss around.

Why stress yourself to the extent you seem to be, just to have firewood?
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Old 07-25-2009, 06:52 PM   #184
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Gene, if you want to -- and you need some exercise -- you can come down here and do some cutting for me! I really, really like doing firewood, especially dealing with the slash.

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Old 07-25-2009, 07:20 PM   #185
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Aage, daytime temps here are 85-90˚. I don't like the heat, it wears me down. When the temps were lower, I was traveling. Good planning, eh? Hiring young people means spending money and workers' comp issues. I'm cheap. If I spend a lot of money to have wood heat, I might as well turn up the thermostat.

Actually the chain saw cuts through the wood pretty well, but this isn't soft wood and it's full of resin. It, especially, the cedar, clogs up the air filter very fast (I keep several filters with me), gunks up everything, wears the chain. I would love to cut ponderosa and lodgepole—I dream of trees like that. If I were going to buy a new saw, I'd get a longer bar (16" now), but it wouldn't make all that much difference. And I live on stress—if I stop, I mummify.

A friend who cuts amazing amounts of wood and is 3 months older than me, keeps saying we can share some of my wood. He'll help cut it and we can divide it up, but he never gets around to it. Seems like he'd rather go farther and probably have to get a forest service permit. It nice knowing some people are crazier than me.

Like banging my head against the wall, it feels so good when I stop. And I didn't even get into having to readjust the carb, the worn out pull cord, how I took it to a place that replaced the cord and when I went to pull it, it pulled right out of the magneto, and doing adjustments and fixing the cord myself in the field with a Swiss Army knife and the wrong screwdrivers.

I've never watched the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but I imagine all that wet work really can gum up the saw and clog up the air filter. Do they ever show the operator cleaning his saw? I guess the movie pace would suffer if they showed all the maintenance a saw requires.

Do they still make tonics for old people? They were loaded with alcohol, so they kept grandpa tipsy and welded to his rocker. My father was a doctor and used to get them as free samples. One day, back when I was a teenager in the 1950's, he called up my mother and said he was drunk. He had been checking what they tasted like, never looked at the label and didn't know about the alcohol. They tasted pretty good I guess. He hardly ever drank, so it probably didn't take much. We had to go get him at his office since he was afraid to drive.

Tomorrow's another day and more trees.

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Gene, if you want to -- and you need some exercise -- you can come down here and do some cutting for me! I really, really like doing firewood, especially dealing with the slash.

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I seem to be booked up for the next decade or so.

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Old 07-25-2009, 07:26 PM   #187
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Do they still make tonics for old people?

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They still make "Gin & Tonics" for this old people! My favourite tipple, next to
Newcastle Brown Ale from the UK, and my home made "House white" wine!


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Gene it's hot up here too. Just got back from Ridgeway, Puckachewpuck. SPELL. spent one night Friday night with some friends...

I don't like the heat either and still have to pick up about 80 bales of hay and get them in the barn. First thing in the morning around 6am before it gets hot...


I get my wood from the mill in Hotkiss. Get the side slabs so I don't have to split it. One 16 ft trailer full and also the back of the truck. Gives me nearly 2 cords, and all I have to do is cut it. But i'm waiting for end of Sept.

It's only $25 a load.
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... I get my wood from the mill in Hotkiss. ...
Humm. We used to have a somewhat different (but still related) name for Hotchkiss when we were up there.


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Kudos to you, Gene, for getting out there and cutting all that wood yourself. We have a wood stove in our small house, which is our only heat 99.9% of the time, but are townies and buy it by the truckload. Still a lovely and very economical way to stay cozy warm. We had a big old elm cut down for us several years ago. Doug chopped and split the whole d--- tree, said it was one of the physically hardest but most rewarding things he had ever done. Be careful out there in the woods, and watch out for bears.
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Humm. We used to have a somewhat different (but still related) name for Hotchkiss when we were up there.


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Things must have changed in "Hotkiss" but I haven't noticed. I thought the biggest thing going there was the speed trap.

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Is the barbeque place still serving good stuff?

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Hotchkiss is right but it's Hot and you kiss is good bye as soon as you drive in it's so small thus hotkiss...

Sorry my bad spelling...
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Hotchkiss is right but it's Hot and you kiss is good bye as soon as you drive in it's so small thus hotkiss...

Sorry my bad spelling...
Well, ok, ok, I will divulge the name for Hotchkiss among the Paonians I knew: Crotchkiss.


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I think I've heard that Lynn, and although I cannot resist a good crude joke, I promptly forgot it. I believe it should be noted that at each entrance to the town, there's a sign saying "Friendliest Town Around".

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Oh, actually, I never minded Hotchkiss that much. It was always nice to get to escape the ranch in Paonia for a while, and Hotchkiss was nearby (via the back road over Stewart Mesa). And the barbeque place down there served up finger-lickin'-good stuff!

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