Hey, don’t laugh. By our standards this is a monster.

Look what the July floods brought us!

Not quite sure how to unwrap it and bring it home, it’s a bit much for my chainsaw. No way this is juniper, I’m assuming it’s cottonwood since AFAIK that’s the only actual tree that grows here – and not in great numbers. There are some in the canyons where they benefit from more frequent waterings.

Not sure how big around it is. I don’t carry a tape measure (prep fail!) But…

…my knife blade is 3″ so compare the two visually, naught, naught, fetch down the naught, and…

It’s probably bigger than my chainsaw can deal with, and I don’t like how it’s embedded in sand and rocks. Or maybe it’s really soft and/or lighter than it looks. One way to find out.

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6 Responses to Hey, don’t laugh. By our standards this is a monster.

  1. Ben says:

    You could always take pie slices out of it, which would yield box stove-friendly chunks. But would the fuel gained be worth the chain wear?

  2. coloradohermit says:

    That is a boatload of firewood! Good luck figuring out how to make it work for you.

  3. Terrapod says:

    Put a strap or chain around it and drag it back to near the lair with the Jeep That there is your whole winter worth of kindling.

  4. Zac says:

    If it is cottonwood you may not like the smell of its smoke. Always has a cat urine scent to my nose.

  5. Paul B says:

    A lever is your friend. That or a chain and the Jeep.

    It does look pretty cured so there might not me much to it.

  6. Kentucky says:

    Cottonwood as firewood . . .


    I’ve never tried it.

To the stake with the heretic!