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01/21/2022 09:51:24 PM · #1
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Some other images to tell more of the story. 14" of heavy wet snow which we don't see that often. Many trees in our area aren't used to load and are weak. End result is major power outages. We went without for 5 days. Some in our area were out double that.

Here's some photos to show the view of the road in front of our house. We're two miles from the main road. This is just a sample of what the rest of our road looked like; dozens of trees down, across the road and on power lines in many cases.

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The tree across our driveway was pretty huge. Hard to give it a sense of scale in the aerial view. Here's a few photos from ground level.

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01/22/2022 10:16:33 AM · #2
Good lord do you live in a stunning area. Also, I don't think you will have to buy firewood for years. I'm sorry about the tree's, it can be quite weird to feel sad for them, I had a 30 ft eucalyptus come down last year from the monsoon. I planted it when Rose was born. But it was also a nightmare all around to get it removed. Luckily it seems that everyone is working hard on your end. You all are always welcome to come visit the desert!
01/22/2022 12:49:24 PM · #3
Damn, Barry! You had some pretty big trees come down!
We normally don't get much damage from heavy snow, 'cause we get it relatively often. Lots of folks along the East Coast really feeling it this winter in areas where heavy snow is not so common. Stay safe.
01/22/2022 01:11:31 PM · #4
Photos of snow are beautiful but I'm glad I don't live where you do. I've only seen snow three times in my life and it never fully covered the ground. This damage is frightening.
01/22/2022 02:31:41 PM · #5
thanks for the fillin and chillin photos!
01/22/2022 10:42:47 PM · #6
Originally posted by JulietNN:

Good lord do you live in a stunning area. Also, I don't think you will have to buy firewood for years. I'm sorry about the tree's, it can be quite weird to feel sad for them, I had a 30 ft eucalyptus come down last year from the monsoon. I planted it when Rose was born. But it was also a nightmare all around to get it removed. Luckily it seems that everyone is working hard on your end. You all are always welcome to come visit the desert!

Thanks! I like the story of your eucalyptus tree. Well, perhaps not like, but understand certainly. I wish the trees that we've had to cut up were burnable ... unfortunately can't burn the pine in the fireplace. There is some oak and ash in the wooded ravine that came down over our walking trails that I'll have to clean up yet. Can use that for firewood (eventually). :-) Have a lot of fencing to repair first, but not today (near 0 degrees with the wind chill!). That desert sounds good right about now. ;-)
01/23/2022 09:06:32 AM · #7
Originally posted by glad2badad:

Originally posted by JulietNN:

Good lord do you live in a stunning area. Also, I don't think you will have to buy firewood for years. I'm sorry about the tree's, it can be quite weird to feel sad for them, I had a 30 ft eucalyptus come down last year from the monsoon. I planted it when Rose was born. But it was also a nightmare all around to get it removed. Luckily it seems that everyone is working hard on your end. You all are always welcome to come visit the desert!

Thanks! I like the story of your eucalyptus tree. Well, perhaps not like, but understand certainly. I wish the trees that we've had to cut up were burnable ... unfortunately can't burn the pine in the fireplace. There is some oak and ash in the wooded ravine that came down over our walking trails that I'll have to clean up yet. Can use that for firewood (eventually). :-) Have a lot of fencing to repair first, but not today (near 0 degrees with the wind chill!). That desert sounds good right about now. ;-)


Why don't you burn pine?
Sorry about the damage you had, but oh how beautiful this snow looks <3.
01/23/2022 10:33:40 AM · #8
Originally posted by kasaba:

Originally posted by glad2badad:

Originally posted by JulietNN:

Good lord do you live in a stunning area. Also, I don't think you will have to buy firewood for years. I'm sorry about the tree's, it can be quite weird to feel sad for them, I had a 30 ft eucalyptus come down last year from the monsoon. I planted it when Rose was born. But it was also a nightmare all around to get it removed. Luckily it seems that everyone is working hard on your end. You all are always welcome to come visit the desert!

Thanks! I like the story of your eucalyptus tree. Well, perhaps not like, but understand certainly. I wish the trees that we've had to cut up were burnable ... unfortunately can't burn the pine in the fireplace. There is some oak and ash in the wooded ravine that came down over our walking trails that I'll have to clean up yet. Can use that for firewood (eventually). :-) Have a lot of fencing to repair first, but not today (near 0 degrees with the wind chill!). That desert sounds good right about now. ;-)


Why don't you burn pine?
Sorry about the damage you had, but oh how beautiful this snow looks <3.


It has a lot of sap and resin, which can cause some serious spitting and sparks. It can be used indoors but it can be really messy (don't ask lol) Outdoor works for pine as well, but again it can be messy, takes for ever to 'cure' a pine log. Now the oak on the other hand,,,,, when I was about 15 we suddenly got a huge wind storm in the UK and a 150 year old ok outside my bedroom fell right through the ceiling, I was about 2 inches from a branch through my bed and one went through my wardrobe. Took forever to chop it up, but my parents had fire wood for about 5 years from it.

If you don't mind me asking, what state are you in Barry?
01/23/2022 09:08:23 PM · #9
Originally posted by JulietNN:

Originally posted by kasaba:

Why don't you burn pine?
Sorry about the damage you had, but oh how beautiful this snow looks <3.

It has a lot of sap and resin, which can cause some serious spitting and sparks. It can be used indoors but it can be really messy (don't ask lol) Outdoor works for pine as well, but again it can be messy, takes for ever to 'cure' a pine log. Now the oak on the other hand,,,,, when I was about 15 we suddenly got a huge wind storm in the UK and a 150 year old ok outside my bedroom fell right through the ceiling, I was about 2 inches from a branch through my bed and one went through my wardrobe. Took forever to chop it up, but my parents had fire wood for about 5 years from it.

If you don't mind me asking, what state are you in Barry?

Yep. Pine is nasty wood to work with. It's funny; all of these years I've been led to believe that pine was bad for the flue of your chimney in that it can cause a build-up of creosote. Since this conversation started I've done a bit more research. The major cause of creosote build-up is not maintaining a high enough temperature (hot enough fire). Huh. Softwoods, like pine, do burn faster than hardwoods (mostly oak for us here), so that makes hardwoods preferred.

Currently we have about 3 cords of oak split and ready to go with another couple of cords waiting to be split yet. It seems we always have firewood around here in various stages.

Still won't be burning pine. :-)


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01/25/2022 04:49:06 PM · #10
Originally posted by glad2badad:

Yep. Pine is nasty wood to work with. It's funny; all of these years I've been led to believe that pine was bad for the flue of your chimney in that it can cause a build-up of creosote. Since this conversation started I've done a bit more research. The major cause of creosote build-up is not maintaining a high enough temperature (hot enough fire). Huh. Softwoods, like pine, do burn faster than hardwoods (mostly oak for us here), so that makes hardwoods preferred.


Yeah, if you heat with wood, you learn all about what you can burn and how to burn it. You can burn pine if you keep your chimney temps right. We used to even burn phone poles & railroad ties the one place I worked. We usually had the stovepipe glowing a faint red to go through that stuff, though. BUT.....this was a big stove in a larger building with a high ceiling.

Most people thought we were nuts, but we saved a lot of money on oil, and we got really good at maintaining a wood burning system.

Originally posted by glad2badad:

Currently we have about 3 cords of oak split and ready to go with another couple of cords waiting to be split yet. It seems we always have firewood around here in various stages.

Still won't be burning pine. :-)


If you just use the occasional piece of pine mixed in with the hardwoods, it's okay. But if you don't use wood fast enough that your hardwood goes past its prime, it's not much use.

Message edited by author 2022-01-25 16:50:06.
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