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Chainsaw Massacre

Posted Sunday, December 30, 2007, at 1:12 PM

It didn't take me long to get the chainsaw out of Gozer's basement. We've got a great looking Besler wood stove and I was anxious to see how well it would heat the farms house. I hadn't used the saw in several months, so I touched up and tightened the chain, checked the bar oil rez, fueled up, and headed into the "wilderness".

Really...every deciduous tree here needs major surgery, and though I haven't counted them, I'd guess there are 40 or so big elms that need serious attention. Years of "let it grow" maintenance, followed by storm damage have left a mess of down or should be down wood just begging for the chainsaws bite.

Just a couple pulls on the rope and the Homelite fired right up. There is so much brush and down limbs that me and the chainsaw have to practically saw our way to the first tree we came to. This was an impressive tree at one time, but it's split and broken and looks pretty sad, but after a couple hours of chainsaw love, the old tree is starting to look like it will provide years of summer shade again, and I've got a good load of wood to test the old Besler wood stove.

So just one of the major projects around the farm is cleanup and maintenance. I imagine I'll be spending much of the winter taking apart as much wood as I can so the place starts to look a little like somebody cares about it. So far, my efforts are totally lost in the "wilderness" of brush and other materials laying around, but as I've said before...I've got time and determination on my side, and Rome wasn't built in a day either.

The Besler wood stove preformed way beyond my expectations! 2 thumbs up and 5 stars!

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