Who here uses firewood to heat their homes in winter?

General conversation and chit chat - The place for non-shooting specific topics. Introduce yourself here.

Re: Who here uses firewood to heat their homes in winter?

Post by Daddybang » 26 Jan 2019, 7:48 am

bigfellascott wrote:
bladeracer wrote:
bigfellascott wrote:That looks like a good little setup you have there BR, what type of wood do you burn where you are?


I had to check with Rose :-)
She says most of what we burn is difficult to identify with certainty after laying in a paddock for a decade or two.
Mostly eucalypts, some blackwood, occasionally some pine and oak, and probably some others as well. Anything that falls goes through the stove eventually.

We saw it into ute-lengths, cart it up to the shed, stack any green stuff to dry, then cut the dry stuff into stove-lengths with the swing saw. Then split them and stack them in the wood shed with the snakes and spiders. Every week a heap gets barrowed down to the stack at the back door.


Yep I'm the same mate, I wouldn't have a clue about a lot of the wood I burn either, to me it's wood and it will put out some sort of heat so burn the bloody stuff :lol:

I get pine offcuts from the local mill, they come in handy when you want to get a fire going quickly and they put out good heat (they don't burn real long but it's great for getting the fire cranked up quickly) and it's free so we just get the backhoe to drop a load in the ute and off we go. :drinks:



We have to be very careful with the wood we burn(or at least know exactly what it is) as some trees can have nasty effects if ya breathe the smoke including hallucinations or in extreme cases death. :D :thumbsup: :drinks:
This hard living ain't as easy as it used to be!!!
Daddybang
Major General
Major General
 
Posts: 2782
Queensland

Re: Who here uses firewood to heat their homes in winter?

Post by bigfellascott » 26 Jan 2019, 8:19 am

Wow - I don’t think we have worry about anything like that here thank god.
User avatar
bigfellascott
Field Marshal
Field Marshal
 
Posts: 5660
-

Re: Who here uses firewood to heat their homes in winter?

Post by bigfellascott » 02 Feb 2019, 11:03 am

Went out yesterday with a couple of mates to start cutting firewood for the upcoming winter, 3 loads of Stringy and Peppermint were cut, some for me and the rest for a customer of my mates.

Image
User avatar
bigfellascott
Field Marshal
Field Marshal
 
Posts: 5660
-

Re: Who here uses firewood to heat their homes in winter?

Post by bladeracer » 02 Feb 2019, 11:14 am

Daddybang wrote:We have to be very careful with the wood we burn(or at least know exactly what it is) as some trees can have nasty effects if ya breathe the smoke including hallucinations or in extreme cases death. :D :thumbsup: :drinks:


What about CCA Treated Pine - is burning this stuff actually dangerous?
Bob here never worried about it, if it looked like wood it went in the stove.
Practice Strict Gun Control - Precision Counts!
User avatar
bladeracer
Field Marshal
Field Marshal
 
Posts: 5213
Victoria

Re: Who here uses firewood to heat their homes in winter?

Post by Daddybang » 02 Feb 2019, 4:36 pm

bladeracer wrote:
Daddybang wrote:We have to be very careful with the wood we burn(or at least know exactly what it is) as some trees can have nasty effects if ya breathe the smoke including hallucinations or in extreme cases death. :D :thumbsup: :drinks:


What about CCA Treated Pine - is burning this stuff actually dangerous?
Bob here never worried about it, if it looked like wood it went in the stove.


Don't know about treated pine I've burnt pallets and coppers logs and ended up with a very sore throat but I've felt the same after burning untreated black cypress logs(very handy for keeping mozzies down in camp
:D )
There's a few rainforest trees that the murris use for some of their corrobees and they get some very interesting result from burning them and inhaling the smoke. :thumbsup: :drinks:
This hard living ain't as easy as it used to be!!!
Daddybang
Major General
Major General
 
Posts: 2782
Queensland

Re: Who here uses firewood to heat their homes in winter?

Post by Stix » 02 Feb 2019, 6:14 pm

Daddybang wrote:
bladeracer wrote:
Daddybang wrote:We have to be very careful with the wood we burn(or at least know exactly what it is) as some trees can have nasty effects if ya breathe the smoke including hallucinations or in extreme cases death. :D :thumbsup: :drinks:


What about CCA Treated Pine - is burning this stuff actually dangerous?
Bob here never worried about it, if it looked like wood it went in the stove.


Don't know about treated pine I've burnt pallets and coppers logs and ended up with a very sore throat but I've felt the same after burning untreated black cypress logs(very handy for keeping mozzies down in camp
:D )
There's a few rainforest trees that the murris use for some of their corrobees and they get some very interesting result from burning them and inhaling the smoke. :thumbsup: :drinks:


Its not dangerous to burn CCA treated timber...but given its treated with Copper, Chrome & Arsenic you probably dont want to be breathing in the fumes/smoke.. :thumbsdown:

I love the smell of Cypress...its so nice to cut & nice sweet smell when burning... :thumbsup: :clap:
:drinks:

Termites dont like the taste either... (well the termites down here anyway--dunno about the the supercharged hulk versions you breed up there.. :lol: . :crazy: ) :D
The man who knows everything, doesnt really know everything...he's just stopped learning...
Stix
Colonel
Colonel
 
Posts: 2177
South Australia

Re: Who here uses firewood to heat their homes in winter?

Post by Daddybang » 03 Feb 2019, 7:31 am

Stix wrote:
Daddybang wrote:
bladeracer wrote:
Daddybang wrote:We have to be very careful with the wood we burn(or at least know exactly what it is) as some trees can have nasty effects if ya breathe the smoke including hallucinations or in extreme cases death. :D :thumbsup: :drinks:


What about CCA Treated Pine - is burning this stuff actually dangerous?
Bob here never worried about it, if it looked like wood it went in the stove.


Don't know about treated pine I've burnt pallets and coppers logs and ended up with a very sore throat but I've felt the same after burning untreated black cypress logs(very handy for keeping mozzies down in camp
:D )
There's a few rainforest trees that the murris use for some of their corrobees and they get some very interesting result from burning them and inhaling the smoke. :thumbsup: :drinks:


Its not dangerous to burn CCA treated timber...but given its treated with Copper, Chrome & Arsenic you probably dont want to be breathing in the fumes/smoke.. :thumbsdown:

I love the smell of Cypress...its so nice to cut & nice sweet smell when burning... :thumbsup: :clap:
:drinks:

Termites dont like the taste either... (well the termites down here anyway--dunno about the the supercharged hulk versions you breed up there.. :lol: . :crazy: ) :D


Yeah stix it's one of my favorite bush timbers I'm lucky enough to have quite a bit of qld bush cypress and black cypress growing on my blovk so we use quite a bit of it for posts . :D
I am looking at building a saw to make it easier to cut the logs into planks to build a little cabin at some point (hard to get good planks with the little chainsaw I own). Posts i have put in the ground six or seven years ago haven't been eaten by the termites yet. :thumbsup: :drinks:
This hard living ain't as easy as it used to be!!!
Daddybang
Major General
Major General
 
Posts: 2782
Queensland

Re: Who here uses firewood to heat their homes in winter?

Post by bigfellascott » 03 Feb 2019, 11:20 am

Daddybang wrote:
Stix wrote:
Daddybang wrote:
bladeracer wrote:
Daddybang wrote:We have to be very careful with the wood we burn(or at least know exactly what it is) as some trees can have nasty effects if ya breathe the smoke including hallucinations or in extreme cases death. :D :thumbsup: :drinks:


What about CCA Treated Pine - is burning this stuff actually dangerous?
Bob here never worried about it, if it looked like wood it went in the stove.


Don't know about treated pine I've burnt pallets and coppers logs and ended up with a very sore throat but I've felt the same after burning untreated black cypress logs(very handy for keeping mozzies down in camp
:D )
There's a few rainforest trees that the murris use for some of their corrobees and they get some very interesting result from burning them and inhaling the smoke. :thumbsup: :drinks:


Its not dangerous to burn CCA treated timber...but given its treated with Copper, Chrome & Arsenic you probably dont want to be breathing in the fumes/smoke.. :thumbsdown:

I love the smell of Cypress...its so nice to cut & nice sweet smell when burning... :thumbsup: :clap:
:drinks:

Termites dont like the taste either... (well the termites down here anyway--dunno about the the supercharged hulk versions you breed up there.. :lol: . :crazy: ) :D


Yeah stix it's one of my favorite bush timbers I'm lucky enough to have quite a bit of qld bush cypress and black cypress growing on my blovk so we use quite a bit of it for posts . :D
I am looking at building a saw to make it easier to cut the logs into planks to build a little cabin at some point (hard to get good planks with the little chainsaw I own). Posts i have put in the ground six or seven years ago haven't been eaten by the termites yet. :thumbsup: :drinks:


I'd be looking at a 394/395 husky or 066 stihl to do some milling with and an alaskan saw mill would probably be fine for what you want DB. :thumbsup:
User avatar
bigfellascott
Field Marshal
Field Marshal
 
Posts: 5660
-

Re: Who here uses firewood to heat their homes in winter?

Post by bigfellascott » 06 Mar 2019, 10:15 am

Finally got the new extension to a stage where I could put the wood heater in. Just in time for the cold front that's apparently heading our way. :thumbsup:

Image

Image
User avatar
bigfellascott
Field Marshal
Field Marshal
 
Posts: 5660
-

Re: Who here uses firewood to heat their homes in winter?

Post by southwest shooter » 06 Mar 2019, 11:35 am

We finally got nuclear power , cheap as chips ! Reliable for the cold winters.
southwest shooter
Sergeant
Sergeant
 
Posts: 311
Victoria

Re: Who here uses firewood to heat their homes in winter?

Post by Runnymede » 06 Mar 2019, 4:47 pm

Blimey is that an axe bigfellascott? I haven’t used one of those since I got my hydraulic log splitter which are a god send. I heat my house primarily with wood as bottled gas here is way too expensive to use full time. I have a wood fire with a wet back that heats water and when up to temp a pump kicks in and pumps it around the house and heats the house via radiators (hydronic heating I believe is the correct term?) It is very effective with the only downside being it’s a hungry beast and the way my wife burns wood it’s a full time job keeping up. Oh well at least it’s cheap as it really is just my time and some fuel for chainsaws and the splitter. Having two teenage sons to “help” split wood helps too :D
Runnymede
Private
Private
 
Posts: 24
Victoria

Re: Who here uses firewood to heat their homes in winter?

Post by bigfellascott » 06 Mar 2019, 6:56 pm

Runnymede wrote:Blimey is that an axe bigfellascott? I haven’t used one of those since I got my hydraulic log splitter which are a god send. I heat my house primarily with wood as bottled gas here is way too expensive to use full time. I have a wood fire with a wet back that heats water and when up to temp a pump kicks in and pumps it around the house and heats the house via radiators (hydronic heating I believe is the correct term?) It is very effective with the only downside being it’s a hungry beast and the way my wife burns wood it’s a full time job keeping up. Oh well at least it’s cheap as it really is just my time and some fuel for chainsaws and the splitter. Having two teenage sons to “help” split wood helps too :D


Yeah mate axe and log splitter is all I usually need mind you I will have to get my mates hydronic log splitter as I have some twisted grain gum here that won’t split after being hit 20+ times.

We mostly burn stringy and peppermint here so a hydronic logsplitter isn’t really needed. We do get some red box and yellow box and some red gum too but mostly the other two.

Yours sounds like a great set up mate - I also have an ol Rayburn wood oven which used to have a hot water jacket in it until last year that is after I killed it.

I ran the heater all day today and fired up a pedestal fan to circulate the heat and wholly hell its bloody hot in the whole house.

She will be lovely and warm in here when winter is in full swing I’m sure.
User avatar
bigfellascott
Field Marshal
Field Marshal
 
Posts: 5660
-

Re: Who here uses firewood to heat their homes in winter?

Post by Ziad » 06 Mar 2019, 8:16 pm

Ma'am I am tempted to turn the heat on if the weather is as cold as it was today..... well I.I I my wife will be asking me to do it.

And to think friday was 39 degrees
Blame it on the phone auto correct
Ziad
Lieutenant
Lieutenant
 
Posts: 1046
Victoria

Re: Who here uses firewood to heat their homes in winter?

Post by bigfellascott » 06 Mar 2019, 9:22 pm

Ziad wrote:Ma'am I am tempted to turn the heat on if the weather is as cold as it was today..... well I.I I my wife will be asking me to do it.

And to think friday was 39 degrees


Never fear it will be hot again in a day or two :D I'm experimenting with how to run the heater and all I can say is that outside it's about 6deg and inside its about a 1000deg :silent: I will have to cut some smaller firewood for the not so cold nights I guess, I'm also running a pedestal fan to circulate the air and it's made a big difference to whole house which is now very toasty and warm which is great to see. :drinks:
User avatar
bigfellascott
Field Marshal
Field Marshal
 
Posts: 5660
-

Re: Who here uses firewood to heat their homes in winter?

Post by Die Judicii » 07 Mar 2019, 9:23 am

bigfellascott wrote:[ I will have to cut some smaller firewood for the not so cold nights I guess, I'm also running a pedestal fan to circulate the air and it's made a big difference to whole house which is now very toasty and warm which is great to see. :drinks:


Way to go Scott,,,,,,,,,, burn wood to save on electrickery,,,,,,,,, then use electrickery to spread the love.

:lol: :lol:
I do not fear death itself... Only its inopportune timing!
User avatar
Die Judicii
Brigadier
Brigadier
 
Posts: 2251
Queensland

Re: Who here uses firewood to heat their homes in winter?

Post by bigfellascott » 07 Mar 2019, 9:47 am

Die Judicii wrote:
bigfellascott wrote:[ I will have to cut some smaller firewood for the not so cold nights I guess, I'm also running a pedestal fan to circulate the air and it's made a big difference to whole house which is now very toasty and warm which is great to see. :drinks:


Way to go Scott,,,,,,,,,, burn wood to save on electrickery,,,,,,,,, then use electrickery to spread the love.

:lol: :lol:


Nope we used gas to heat our house before the wood heater went in which as used a fan to spread the heat.

I put the heater in as it costs nothing to run other than a few tanks of fuel for the Ute and saws and it’s also good for my health as gas isn’t real good for ones health ( it tends to make a lot of people sick including me). :drinks:
User avatar
bigfellascott
Field Marshal
Field Marshal
 
Posts: 5660
-

Re: Who here uses firewood to heat their homes in winter?

Post by TassieTiger » 07 Mar 2019, 8:49 pm

My uncle used to own a treated pine retail outlet.
He would argue with me over the safety over and over again.
They’d use it to make all sorts of cubbyholes, dog kennels, lattice, etc etc etc. he’s dead now - cancer. In fact - every single employee that worked there, thus far has had at least one significant cancer - including close family. Call it what you will - but some doctors have blamed at least some of the outbreaks on the injestion of micro dust from cutting treated timbers with saws...and yes, burning the treated timber gives off toxic fumes.
Tikka T3 .260 (custom)
Steyr Pro Varmint .223
CZ455 .22 & Norinco .22
ATA 686 U/O 12g & Baikal S/S 12g
Steyr Pro Hunt 30-06 (Dud!!!)
Sauer 100 30-06
TassieTiger
Second Lieutenant
Second Lieutenant
 
Posts: 969
Tasmania

Re: Who here uses firewood to heat their homes in winter?

Post by bigfellascott » 07 Mar 2019, 9:12 pm

TassieTiger wrote:My uncle used to own a treated pine retail outlet.
He would argue with me over the safety over and over again.
They’d use it to make all sorts of cubbyholes, dog kennels, lattice, etc etc etc. he’s dead now - cancer. In fact - every single employee that worked there, thus far has had at least one significant cancer - including close family. Call it what you will - but some doctors have blamed at least some of the outbreaks on the injestion of micro dust from cutting treated timbers with saws...and yes, burning the treated timber gives off toxic fumes.


Yeah not a good idea to burn treated timber - I certainly wouldn't anyway. :thumbsup:
User avatar
bigfellascott
Field Marshal
Field Marshal
 
Posts: 5660
-

Previous

Back to top
 
Return to Off topic - General conversation