On Hauling Driftwood…

No surprise here, but cheap hardware rope has limited applications. Dragging heavy logs out of the boonies is not among them.

I do have a lovely length of 1/2″ nylon, kept safe in the Jeep kit…


In terms of getting hard stuff done alone, that piece of rope has gotten me out of a few real jams, as much from its length and durability as from its strength. The nylon has come out a couple of times in the past two weeks…


…but again, only because it’s my longest rope, for when I can’t back the Jeep any farther. I don’t use it for dragging wood long distances, because I am absolutely not going to use it up/wear it out in small pieces. Particularly not when there are better options…


…like this heavy tiedown strap I scrounged or someone gave me years ago, that I never found a use for before now. Sometimes a little less convenient to untie from tight knots than rope, it’s more forgiving of abrasion damage and right away it offered an unexpected bonus…


…an unobtrusive and totally secure way to attach it to the Jeep, which even eliminates the length lost from tying loops.

The plan remains the same…


…get as much of the hauling part of firewood cutting done during the coolish months as practical. I’ll probably forget all about this during the bulk of the summer, then come September or October I can concentrate on cutting and stacking, same as when I exclusively burned old pallets and lumber.

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3 Responses to On Hauling Driftwood…

  1. Ben says:

    This seems like a job for a length of inexpensive chain. Even the strap will wear out from abrasion.

  2. Spud says:

    Good wood , but gonna eat up whatever ya cut it with.

  3. winston smith says:

    Takes me back to the time i had a dirt bike stuck in east TX quicksand (yes, such stuff exists) up to its axles. Snapped half inch new nylon rope without even making the bike vibrate. Had to go hone for the chain (which pulled it out with no prob).

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