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Old 01-05-2008, 02:29 PM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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boonskyler reports:
"Managed to split 2 large logs, it is not easy, lucky to have some dry logs under 7 inch in diameter, hope to gain more experience splting logs by next season here in VA or Maine."

Logs split easier from the bottom up. Now, I'm not pulling anybody's leg. It's true. If you have a log with no knots, either end is OK. If you have a log where a limb or branch was located the log will most definitely split easier from the bottom. Take some time in the woods and look at trees where the limb or branch emerges from the trunk. The top side of where the branch emerges from the trunk looks different from the under side or bottom.

Just picture the letter 'Y' or the crotch of a tree. It will split better from the bottom of the Y because the grain diverges from the axe or slitting maul. In order to stay alive a living tree must be very split resistant from above. That protects the tree from snow loads on branches, nearby falling trees and climbing children.
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Old 01-05-2008, 03:04 PM
 
Location: East Texas, with the Clan of the Cave Bear
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WOW ... this thread makes me shiver ... brrrr! I am with elcarim ... I haven't turned the A/C on but I've opened the house today and yesterday. Its 68 here now. This is all well and good and I remember my 2 winters in Bangor and am thankful they were "mild"! BUT, come this summer I'll wish I was back in Maine!
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Old 01-05-2008, 03:07 PM
 
Location: God's Country, Maine
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Downstairs we keep it at 50. Upstairs we put the rock maple right to 'er!
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Old 01-05-2008, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Excellant post NMLM,.. I gotta spread it around some but I owe you for that one!!
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Old 01-05-2008, 04:29 PM
 
Location: Corinth, ME
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Excellant post NMLM,.. I gotta spread it around some but I owe you for that one!!
ditto what she said... I never thought of it that way
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Old 01-06-2008, 04:34 AM
 
Location: Gary, WV & Springfield, ME
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What's a thermostat? If I'm cold, I stand in front of the fire. If I'm too hot, I step away from it.
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Old 01-06-2008, 04:45 AM
 
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Downstairs we keep it at 50. Upstairs we put the rock maple right to 'er!
What does that mean? Sounds scary.
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Old 01-06-2008, 05:01 AM
 
Location: Southwestern Ohio
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We keep it at 68 during the day and try to keep it there once were home. However our daughter is always cold so, smetimes it goes to 70 (frankly sometimes I will turn it to 70 if the dachsund is shivering too badly).

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Old 01-06-2008, 05:52 AM
 
Location: Central NH
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What does that mean? Sounds scary.
Don't be alarmed. I'm sure what dmyankee is talking about is feeding the woodstove with Rock Maple cord wood.
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Old 01-06-2008, 09:16 AM
 
Location: Cape Cod, MA
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direct vent heater is set at 59-62 night and day...it'll go back to 59 as soon as this wicked cold spell breaks.
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