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Old 08-13-2020, 07:57 PM   #16
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just let them continue to season longer and use them later for smoking .
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Old 08-14-2020, 06:01 AM   #17
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A band saw is pretty much the only way I can think of to safely cut something that small. Otherwise, use them in a fire pit or discard. They're not worth losing a finger.
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Old 08-14-2020, 09:55 AM   #19
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just let them continue to season longer and use them later for smoking .
I think this is the course, since I don't have access to a band saw nor have a fire pit.

And continue to use them for starter wood, even if it takes an eternity for them to ignite and burn down.

Thursday, I spent an hour with the FB door open, the FB lid open, flipping and turning one of those gnarly pieces to get it to finally fully ignite in flame.
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You use a wedge and a sledge hammer.

They split better from top to bottom.

For future trimming info you don't cut them into Y's. Instead cut one of the branches as parallel to the main limb/trunk as possible. Then split there with a wedge.
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You use a wedge and a sledge hammer.

They split better from top to bottom.

For future trimming info you don't cut them into Y's. Instead cut one of the branches as parallel to the main limb/trunk as possible. Then split there with a wedge.

Right, don't create these things.



But I was not involved in that part, FIL had a tree service remove the tree, they cut it up into pieces, and then I got the pieces.



Tree service cut it the way I would prune a bush or a tree. I would've done it differently for the smoker.
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Old 08-14-2020, 04:54 PM   #22
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These twin bladed saws are pretty good for difficult stuff, they dont tend to throw stuff around.
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I too am thinking splits. We have scads of pecan here too. Some of the best smoking wood ever.
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How about picking up a band saw on CL or FB Market? Not sure why I didn't think of that earlier. Now I might do it too. I used a slide miter box on some cherry splits. I had one jump on me. Another jumped really bad and jamb up bad even knocking off about a 2" piece of the aluminum fence. Now very hesitant with that method.
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Looks like most of those would fit in a vice. Clamp em down and use your chainsaw.
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My old man once told me, “ Don’t put $20 of effort into a $10 problem.” This may be an example.
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Do you know anyone with a wood chipper?
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Looks like most of those would fit in a vice. Clamp em down and use your chainsaw.

I've thought about this, but they won't fit in my workbench vise. Maybe if i could find some different type of clamps.


I built a sawbuck. But that still doesn't keep smaller pieces from rolling when the chain saw blade hits.


If I could find a way to clamp the piece into the saw buck, that may work.
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My old man once told me, “ Don’t put $20 of effort into a $10 problem.” This may be an example.

This^^^^^^^^^^here. I think that I would send one out in the bottom of each trash sack on collection day until they are all gone. Seems like the only way to make them useful is going to cost you a lot more than they are worth.

Cheapest route would be the wedge and a 10 pound sledge, but it won't be easy given the odd shapes. Plus, pecan is a difficult wood to split anyway, even straight pieces.



Or give them to somebody going camping.


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I've thought about this, but they won't fit in my workbench vise. Maybe if i could find some different type of clamps.


I built a sawbuck. But that still doesn't keep smaller pieces from rolling when the chain saw blade hits.


If I could find a way to clamp the piece into the saw buck, that may work.
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