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Re: Home made Peavy.
« Reply #10 on: February 26, 2014, 01:17:07 am »
Well the peavy that I made I broke one of the joints on it when trying to roll a 36" round.    I had to weld it back together and put some reinforcements on the sides.   Works ok now.   

One thing I have noticed about this peavy I made is that because I made the hook rather large I have found it to work really good on large logs but on small ones in the 12" to 14" range it does not hook very well.   I may have to make a smaller version for rolling small diameter but very long logs.
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Re: Home made Peavy.
« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2014, 07:19:07 pm »
I took a picture today of some of the rounds that I use the peavey on that I made.   I can move some pretty big logs with it.   

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Re: Home made Peavy.
« Reply #12 on: March 20, 2014, 08:29:40 pm »
BIG for sure.  How big across or around?
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Re: Home made Peavy.
« Reply #13 on: March 20, 2014, 08:53:48 pm »
BIG for sure.  How big across or around?

That one there is about 38" across.    I have one coming up even bigger.   I will take a picture when I get to it.
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Re: Home made Peavy.
« Reply #14 on: March 20, 2014, 09:09:20 pm »
Cottonwoods are rather common about an hour North of here at Lake Erie. If you leave a door open, your house will fill up waste deep in cottonwood fuzz.

They grow to be huge trees up there.

You'll have to learn how to use them in your stove? I bet your BIL knows how to use them. They are not like using California oak.
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Re: Home made Peavy.
« Reply #15 on: March 20, 2014, 09:19:07 pm »
Cottonwoods are rather common about an hour North of here at Lake Erie. If you leave a door open, your house will fill up waste deep in cottonwood fuzz.

They grow to be huge trees up there.

You'll have to learn how to use them in your stove? I bet your BIL knows how to use them. They are not like using California oak.

Right now all I know is that it will burn and make heat.    I will eventually figure it out.
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Re: Home made Peavy.
« Reply #16 on: March 20, 2014, 09:28:48 pm »
From my experience, one split will not burn by itself after the bark is gone. You'll need at least three splits beside each other to hold enough heat in the wood to keep it going? Or maybe a piece of pine in there with it?

Firewood is different in WY compared with around here. Cottonwood is common in Louisiana and I heard all kinds of stories from guys in the Army (Ft Polk) trying to get it to burn like they were used to oak in Alabama and Georgia.

Your family members near you will tell you all about how to make it go. Willow is the same way.
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Re: Home made Peavy.
« Reply #17 on: March 20, 2014, 09:48:59 pm »
Maybe they did not season the wood long enough.   Maybe smaller splits will work better.
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Re: Home made Peavy.
« Reply #18 on: March 20, 2014, 10:21:36 pm »
Could be? I had about a cord of willow splits given to me back 40 years ago and it wasn't like burning the locust, silver maple, and walnut I was used to. But it does burn. I eventually mixed a little of the other wood in with it and everything was fine. But like I said, us Easterners are very different from what some people have to do in other parts of the country. Sometimes, you have no choice?

Dated a girl once that her folks heated with yellow pine. (plenty of yellow pine in the Southeast) I didn't see the wood pile but my nose told me. I got a glimpse of the stove through the living room window as I was walking up to the front door. Maybe the flue wasn't set up right? I got used to it after a few minutes. Maybe she was standing near a brush fire out behind the house before dark?

Pine makes a lot of tar in your flue when you use a air tight stove and idle it a lot. Then when you put the stove on high, the tar sounds like a rocket motor and your pipe vibrates and glows red.
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Re: Home made Peavy.
« Reply #19 on: March 20, 2014, 10:32:49 pm »
There is a lot of pine that is used here.   I see it for sale in the paper all the time, like you would see oak or some other hard wood.   That is what my brother in law burns most of the time.
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