brian lee wrote:ive only used one once, however a friend of mine builds log homes ans uses them regularly, they work very good. I do offer a piece of advice, wear chaps, or some kind of padding on your legs especially below the knee, the wjzard throughs the bark back and it stings like crazy. If you have a lot of logs it becomes unpleasant.
Dale Hodgins wrote:They are all suitable for firewood. Aspen burns quickly, so good for a rocket mass heater, probably not so good for a stove where you want the wood to last a while.
This wood tends to be very wet when cut, so if you're doing it on your own land, it might be wise to cut it and split it right there in the bush, then retrieve it when it weighs half as much, by midsummer. When split immediately, the bark will often pop off. This bark tends to burn smokey, so best to leave it in the bush.
Bryant RedHawk wrote:
I would find some cattle troughs to fill with a borax solution to soak the sections in for around a week, then air dry them before using in construction.
This will prevent most bugs and it will prevent fungi from making your wood a nice home.