It finally happened, I had an accident with my chainsaw. I used to think that accidents were for people who careless, or for people who rarely use chainsaws. All it took for me was a split second of not paying attention and having my mind on something else.
There is this field I want to put some goats, sheep and some cattle on. depending on how the fence is ran there is between 5- 7 acres, maybe as much as 9 acres that needs to be fenced in. The last time this field was fenced was back in the early 1980s. Falling tree limbs, rotting fence post, and a variety of other causes have downed large sections of fence. All along the old fence row there are sweet gum trees that range anywhere from 6 inches to 2 inches in diameter. All of those sweet gum trees need to be cleared out before the new section of fence is put in.
Saturday January 18th was supposed to be a big work day. My wife and I had a friend of the family coming over, my mom and dad, and two of my wifes kids (my step-kids) were supposed to come over. My wife and I drove to the field which is a couple of hundred yards from our house, I grabbed the chainsaw and started cutting those small sweet gum trees.
In the next few weeks some of my family members and some of my friends are meeting at the homestead for a cleanup day. The area we are cleaning up has not been used in close to 30 years. During that time various family members dropped off unwanted trash, such as a hot water heater, large box fan, tin, fence wire,,, and other odds and ends.
Pine trees, sweet gum and oak trees have been growing in this same area.
We have three things to take care of – clean the brush out, cut some small trees down and pull the metal trash out so it can be hauled to the recycler.
Stihl chainsaw with 18 inch bar
Chainsaw fuel and bar oil
8 pound sledge hammer
Chains for pulling logs with the truck
Files – for sharpening axe and chainsaw
Ruger 10/22 for snakes
There is an oak tree down in the back of the field. The plan is to cut a 2 feet section of the trunk for a chopping block.
As we cut down some of the small pine trees, they will be cut into sections that can be split and thrown on the fire. Split wood burns better then non-split wood.
Stihl chainsaws are probably one of the best chainsaws on the market. This video was filmed in early 2008 while my son in law and I were cutting up a red oak tree.
If you live in an area prone to hurricanes, tornadoes or any other type of widespread natural disaster, chainsaws should be a must have item. After a hurricane has passed through, chainsaws are essential for clearing roads that are blocked by fallen trees.
The Stihl company was was founded in 1926 by Andreas Stihl. Andreas was an important innovator in early chain saw production. The Stihl company is one of the world’s largest sellers of chain saws and is the only chain saw manufacturer to make their own saw chains and guide bars.
Chainsaws should be an important consideration for any survivalist. On average, one tank of gas can cut a one truck load of wood. After a disaster, such as a hurricane, chainsaws can greatly speed up recovery time. When stock piling wood, chainsaws are the preferred way to harvest the wood. In a long term collapse of society, the chainsaws dependence on gasoline is its draw back.
For harvesting firewood, a chainsaw is the way to go.
Firewood, for a long term S hit the fan situation, its going to be the primary way that people are going to be cooking and heating their homes.
One of the ways I’am going to be using firewood post-SHTF is in my wood burning barbeque pit. It has a cooking surface 6 feet 9 inches long, and is 29 inches across. In other words, I wanted something big enough that I could cook a hog or a deer on it.
When stacking firewood in the truck or trailer, its very important not to stack the wood too high. If the wood is stacked too high, there is a chance of the wood rolling off the truck or trailer when turns are made when driving home.
To prevent the logs from rolling, stack them only as high as the top of the truck or trailer. And maybe lash the wood down with some straps.
Logs that roll off during transportation pose a safety hazard to other vehicles on the road. Extreme care should be taken to make sure that your firewood collection does not harm those that have to share the road with you.