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Old 08-13-2020, 12:50 PM   #1
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Default What to do with small gnarly pieces of wood ?

I've several pieces of wood that I've not found a way to deal with. They came mostly from a pecan tree my FIL cut down. I've reworked it to splits I can use and have this leftover.


They are thick, very heavy and don't burn well. They were mostly forks in branches. They need to be cut in half but they can't be split. I've not found a way to hold them in place to cut them with a chain saw.


I'm using them now as starter wood, they do make a coal bed, but it takes a long time for them to burn down.


For size reference, that's a regular size pallet they're stored on.



Any suggestions ?


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Old 08-13-2020, 12:56 PM   #2
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Have your self a nice camp fire! Sit around the fire have a few cold ones..
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Chuck them up in a wood lathe and make bottle stoppers.
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Have you got (neighbor) a band saw ? Cut cross wise into 2" / 3" wide disks and split them
into smaller chunks.
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Have you got (neighbor) a band saw ? Cut cross wise into 2" / 3" wide disks and split them
into smaller chunks.

I like this idea, but no band saw. Reciprocating saw is just pissin in the wind, won't get it done.
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Old 08-13-2020, 02:43 PM   #6
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I'd cut them down with a Miter saw with a rough cut saw blade, then split them.

Caveat: I have a miter saw and a 5-ton log splitter, so there's that....
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Burn them as is in your smoker.
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Fire pit fodder?
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If it were me I would figure out a way to use them for my pit. If they are fresh I would wait until winter and axe split then. They will split much easier in the cold. Found out that trick (from the ol timers) when I was a kid and doing wood splitting parties for friends.
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I agree to just toss them in the pit. The more you fool with it ... the more chances of an accident.
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I guess I need to be more specific. I'm lookin for a way to cut them into smaller pieces.

This pecan has been seasoning for 17 months. The rest of the tree is burning great. These pieces are still heavy, probably with moisture, IDK , its a puzzle to me why they don't season.

They don't catch fire easily Mostly they smolder for a long time, putting off a lot of bad smoke, just throwing them on the pit is not an option.

Unless ...... I can cut them up into smaller pieces , let them dry out some more, if they will.

And they're really difficult to split. The grain in the wood runs different directions where the tree put off a new branch. They're kinda like a big knot. I've used an axe and a maul, and it just bounces off.

A chain saw would only work if there was some way to clamp the piece firmly in place.

There's a lot of wood there, if I can find a way to cut it to a size that can be used.
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I have some cherry wood that looks similar. It's larger pieces but I burn it just like the other splits and haven't had any issues.
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Throw em on top of your pit or on the side of the firebox to heat before throwing them on the flames. Get em hot like need gloves to handle hot.
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Free standing fire pit ...
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