There is something nice about looking at a pile of freshly cut firewood, knowing it warmed us when we cut it, again when we stacked it, and it will warm us again when we burn it.
It was a busy day around the cottage as Wendy and I set to work to cut some firewood. I had a big old poplar tree that I cut last year that we were saving to use as a roller should we decide to move our garage. However, I’ve since decided the garage is staying put so the tree trunk was firewood waiting for the chainsaw.
It was a cool day today, no flies, a great day for outside work around the camp, so I fired up the Dolmar chainsaw this morning and cut the tree into firewood sized chunks ready for splitting.
I found it interesting was that the wood was surprisingly wet considering it has been cut for more than a year.
As firewood goes, the fast growing poplar is not a particularly good choice. Although it is classed as a hardwood tree, it doesn’t provide the heat that a chunk of birch or maple has, something to do with the density of the wood I believe. But for handling, and for the chainsaw, it’s pretty much the easiest. It has a pretty straight grain, not a lot of branches and therefore few knots making it also easy to split.
When dry, poplar wood burns nice and leaves a fine white ash.
As chainsaws go, my Dolmar chainsaw has paid for itself over and over again. It’s a little heavy for all day use, with a 6 horsepower engine and 16 inch bar. However, it is a dependable chainsaw and I’ve yet to meet a tree it couldn’t handle.
So armed with my Dolmar chainsaw, a full tank of gas and some chainsaw bar oil, I cut it up in nice chunks. About a half hour with the splitting maul and it was all split and ready to be stacked to dry a bit. Wendy gathered it up in several wheelbarrow loads and took it to our firewood pile where it now sits.
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