Close Call

Fri Jun 24, 2005 8:46 am

:( :( :D :D Well I hate to do it but it looks like the old eucalyptus will have to go. Yesterday our granddaughter and her cousin were over riding horses and doing what seven year olds do. We came in for lunch and while eating heard a crash. I looked out the window and a branch about 8" in diameter had broken off and fallen right were they were last playing. Thank the Lord our stomachs got to us before that branch did. Monday it comes down. I guess the up side is, I'll get about three or four cords of wood out of it and can really put the Cub and buck saw to work.

Fri Jun 24, 2005 10:34 am

Thank you LORD. God was with you and blessed you with that one.


Fri Jun 24, 2005 11:16 am


Gald the granddaughter and friend is ok, thank God for that :!:

Question? Is eucalytus good for firewood and what does it smell like when burning? I think it would be a very nice aroma to savour on cold winter nights even in California.... :wink:

Fri Jun 24, 2005 11:47 am

Give thanks for that one. Injuries to little ones are something you never forget.

Fri Jun 24, 2005 2:29 pm

Whew close call indeed. I think any questions concerning tree removal have been answered by the BIG MAN! I'm curious about the aroma too. Eucalyptus oil is a natural mosquito repellant, the branches might be good for a campfire.

Fri Jun 24, 2005 2:54 pm

Just looked at this again and have now recovered from the shock of the kids being clear.
I have trouble with my buzz saw with out an aux infeed table with long pieces. I guess theoretically i could cut up to a 12 inch diameter piece but they are too heavy to be worth while trying to load for cutting. I find a pair of ice tongs to be ideal for large diameter pieces while splitting. Once the pieces get over about 18 20 inches I roll them into the loader bucket then place it near the splitter. As it is the turn of each piece I roll it on to the splitter and away we go. Before the loader I let a stack of already split wood form a ramp to end over end huge pieces on to the splitter. At that time My stove only took 24 inch pieces, now we use 30 inch pieces so you can see weight adds up in a hurry.


Fri Jun 24, 2005 5:12 pm

Eucalyptus, when dried, burns very nice and leaves little ash. It's about the only hard wood I can get around here. You would think it would give off an odor when burned but it doesn't. However, after it is split and stacked it has the distinctive eucalyptus smell until the wood pile drys out. What you have to watch for is any piece that has alot of oil in it. It will really flair up if any oil is still in the wood. Usually find the oil in the big pieces around the heart wood. Normally when you split it and let it dry the oil dissipates.

Fri Jun 24, 2005 5:20 pm

I used to burn Eucalyptus for heat and it is excellent fire wood. One thing I also found out is that you better split it while it is still green because after it dries a splitting maul will bounce off of it like a rubber ball. :o

Thu Jun 30, 2005 8:34 am

:D That old tree is now history. All cut and stacked ready to be split. Just in time. It's supposed to get up to around 100 for the next couple of days. The old Cub and buck saw did a good job.

Thu Jun 30, 2005 9:16 am

Glad everyone is safe and happy you got to play with your cub