Once you crack the roof on your Holz Hausen wood pile water will find a way in. So how do you keep the wood in your Holz Hausen dry when you take it apart?
It’s simple. You cover the pile with a tarp. Preferably not a gaudy blue tarp like I used before last nights rain. I prefer a brown tarp that blends with the surroundings.
I admit I’m not a fan of rolling up a tarp every time I need firewood. I’m also not a fan of moving wood twice. I’m going to keep the wood in my dry Holz Hausen right where it is until I need it to heat the house.
Yesterday I got out to start firewood cutting for the 2016 wood burning season. I’ve already got plenty of seasoned wood for this year. It was a crisp fall day and I felt a need for chainsaw.
I grabbed the 036, cleaned the air filter, checked the chain tension, filled the chain oil and fuel tank and started cutting. I thought I put the saw away sharp but after two cuts it was best to stop work and sharpen the saw.
I put the saw in the vice and took 4 strokes off my weak side and 2 strokes off my strong side. The marks on top of the vice helped keep my file at a 25 degree angle. Once I sharpened the teeth I took two strokes off the depth gauges and then another two to round the leading edge.
The Sugar Maple melted away as my saw cut like a hot knife through butter.
I’ve missed that feeling.
I went through one tank of gas before I had to quit because it was getting dark. It felt great to be outside with a sharp chainsaw in my hands.
Firewood Cutting Updates
I’ve been removing wood from the holz hausen that fell. It amazes me how stable an improperly built holz hausen is. Imagine how strong it would be if I built it properly.
I’ve been running the saw dust and bark from firewood cutting through my Bearcat Chipper. I admit it’s a slow and often tedious process. I enjoy chipping and shredding and knowing that I have a 3-4 cubic yard pile of mulch ready for the yard.