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Re: Batten down the hatches Vic
« Reply #1825 on: October 29, 2021, 06:36:33 PM »
6 good sized trees came down today on our 5 acre block. Average of about 18" diametre. We were loking at maybe 3 or 4 years of firewood but then had an epiphany. Maybe we could mill them and geta bit of coin. Anyone done this? I am looking at a chainsaw mill attachment for about $150. Worth a go me thinks.

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Re: Batten down the hatches Vic
« Reply #1826 on: October 29, 2021, 09:22:47 PM »
6 good sized trees came down today on our 5 acre block. Average of about 18" diametre. We were loking at maybe 3 or 4 years of firewood but then had an epiphany. Maybe we could mill them and geta bit of coin. Anyone done this? I am looking at a chainsaw mill attachment for about $150. Worth a go me thinks.

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Re: Re: Batten down the hatches Vic
« Reply #1827 on: October 30, 2021, 05:41:44 AM »
6 good sized trees came down today on our 5 acre block. Average of about 18" diametre. We were loking at maybe 3 or 4 years of firewood but then had an epiphany. Maybe we could mill them and geta bit of coin. Anyone done this? I am looking at a chainsaw mill attachment for about $150. Worth a go me thinks.

A guy at work has done it. Pretty simple to slab the trees with the correct jig but it does take a long time and a lot of fuel/chains/oil. The hard part is to dry the slabs so they don't split. He told me the technique but I can't remember.
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Re: Batten down the hatches Vic
« Reply #1828 on: October 30, 2021, 07:47:08 AM »
What sort of trees came down? Good quality slabs, boards can attract good money, don’t forget to allow for drying and shrinking and shaking of ends. End cuts will need to be sealed to prevent cracking/shaking and to slow the natural drying process. Moisture content will need to get down to 15% and under to be ideal.
Read up on milling and drying, it could be 5 years plus before you get a return.
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Re: Batten down the hatches Vic
« Reply #1829 on: October 30, 2021, 09:19:41 AM »
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, it could be 5 years plus before you get a return.
offically now firewood :cup:
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Re: Batten down the hatches Vic
« Reply #1830 on: October 30, 2021, 09:38:24 AM »
offically now firewood :cup:

Yep, generally allow 12 to 16months per one inch thickness rough sawn for drying, rough sawn 50mm thick 2 to 3 years dependent on density of the timber, pine quick, red gum slow.
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Re: Batten down the hatches Vic
« Reply #1831 on: October 30, 2021, 09:53:09 AM »
Mostly stringybark far as I  can tell. Time is no issue. Thinking of maybe 40mm cuts. Stacking it with 1" slats between each slab. Any ideas as to what to seal the ends with? Seems a bit of a waste to burn it as we have mega lots of burny wood already.

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Re: Batten down the hatches Vic
« Reply #1832 on: October 30, 2021, 10:51:27 AM »
Mostly stringybark far as I  can tell. Time is no issue. Thinking of maybe 40mm cuts. Stacking it with 1" slats between each slab. Any ideas as to what to seal the ends with? Seems a bit of a waste to burn it as we have mega lots of burny wood already.

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Re: Batten down the hatches Vic
« Reply #1833 on: October 30, 2021, 11:20:07 AM »
Sounds dangerous. I'd have to stock the beer fridges

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Re: Batten down the hatches Vic
« Reply #1834 on: October 30, 2021, 11:25:42 AM »
Sounds dangerous. I'd have to stock the beer fridges
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Re: Batten down the hatches Vic
« Reply #1835 on: October 30, 2021, 11:49:58 AM »
Mostly stringybark far as I  can tell. Time is no issue. Thinking of maybe 40mm cuts. Stacking it with 1" slats between each slab. Any ideas as to what to seal the ends with? Seems a bit of a waste to burn it as we have mega lots of burny wood already.

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Seal the ends with paint.
Here’s a paper on milling, drying etc. https://www.fwpa.com.au/images/processing/tdm%20part1%20WEB.pdf
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Re: Batten down the hatches Vic
« Reply #1836 on: October 30, 2021, 07:18:12 PM »
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Re: Batten down the hatches Vic
« Reply #1837 on: October 30, 2021, 10:19:46 PM »
That rare 1996 HSV GTSR with just 86km on the clock that was up for auction recently got damaged in teh storm - that and the oober rare Coupe 4 !!!
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Re: Batten down the hatches Vic
« Reply #1838 on: October 31, 2021, 07:42:04 AM »
Seal the ends with paint.
Here’s a paper on milling, drying etc. https://www.fwpa.com.au/images/processing/tdm%20part1%20WEB.pdf
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Re: Batten down the hatches Vic
« Reply #1839 on: November 15, 2021, 06:53:54 PM »
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Re: Batten down the hatches Vic
« Reply #1840 on: November 15, 2021, 07:05:59 PM »
Cruised up to mt useful this morning. About 3"-4" of snow at the fire tower.

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Re: Batten down the hatches Vic
« Reply #1841 on: December 01, 2021, 12:22:59 PM »
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Re: Batten down the hatches Vic
« Reply #1842 on: December 01, 2021, 03:41:37 PM »
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Re: Batten down the hatches Vic
« Reply #1843 on: December 02, 2021, 04:51:42 PM »
That was the heaviest rain I've ever driven through.... thunda and lightning like havent seen in years.... The standing water on the Western Port scared fawk out of me, couldnt see there was standing water.. also couldnt see for 10+ seconds, wipers on full didnt do a thing..  even though all traffic was only doin 40-50k's. Felt for the learner next to me in the mazda 2

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Re: Re: Batten down the hatches Vic
« Reply #1844 on: December 02, 2021, 05:43:48 PM »
I've was watching it all day, black band moving across the state. At least it's cooler now.
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Re: Re: Batten down the hatches Vic
« Reply #1845 on: December 02, 2021, 07:01:04 PM »
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I was watching it all day, black band moving across the state. At least it's cooler now.

was doing the same.. thought I had plenty of time, watching it coming across ... But had a 1 hour meeting that went 2 hours.... left work 4.45... too late by then.
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Re: Batten down the hatches Vic
« Reply #1846 on: December 02, 2021, 07:03:34 PM »
Mornington this afternoon

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Re: Batten down the hatches Vic
« Reply #1847 on: December 02, 2021, 07:05:13 PM »
Mornington this afternoon

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Re: Batten down the hatches Vic
« Reply #1848 on: January 05, 2022, 06:40:33 PM »
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Re: Re: Batten down the hatches Vic
« Reply #1849 on: January 05, 2022, 07:49:59 PM »
lookin damp...

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