paul wheaton wrote:I would like to strongly suggest that you never use a chipper. Stinky, loud and an energy pig. Just running the thing seems to be a violation of all the things we desire from permaculture.
Travis Johnson wrote:No, because the ends justify the means.
What Paul is trying to say (and I should not be speaking for him I know), is that converting good wood that can be used for a host of other purposes via a loud, noisy, machine is a waste.
I own a bulldozer, Paul owns an Excavator, and while the two machines are different, his Excavator converts wood into livable structures in a very controlled, handy method called a WOFATI. And while Paul does not build swales, one day I used my bulldozer to make a half mile of swales until I got hungry and stopped for lunch. Such is the ability of tracked, bladed machine with a six way blade! In this way, the two machines are using very little fuel for a greater purpose.
wayne fajkus wrote:The only regret I had when I let mine go is reading a post on here. Someone mentioned using it to grind down corn stalks and feeding that to sheep or goats. That was pretty brilliant imo.
Walt Chase wrote:Travis, why not burn that much slash? Do your logging, plow a fire line around it with your dozer and get the state forestry commission to come out and burn it off. Should be cheap or free. Or you could take your dozer and make windrows of the slash and stumps and either burn them or leave them to sit and rot on their own.