It’s never too late to learn something new about things that you’ve known for a long time, like operating a chainsaw. Even if you have thousands of hours operating chainsaws behind you, there is always something to learn.
I had to get a “driver’s license” for a chainsaw to be allowed to work in certified forests. Me!? Learn something about that!?…[Read more]
In our forest I mainly take birch as firewood. Mainly as that’s what we have most of apart from Norwegian Spruce. The spruce is not so good if you use it in an open fire place as it cracks and spits out glowing pieces all over the floor. So, birch is the thing for us.
We also have some oak, but my father used to say that was “too good” for our…[Read more]
The forest bind carbon dioxide (CO2) as it grows. E.g., in Sweden, 1 cubic meter of wood bind in average about 900 kg (0,9 tons) carbon dioxide, which make it a very efficient carbon trap. The more living trees we […]
I never really understood why so many use so long bars. To me it seems they are only heavy and makes you less efficient. No offense, but how big are the trees you are felling? With a 20″ bar you can easily fell a tree with 40″ diameter. My strategy is to use as short bar as possible to be more efficient.
It’s a lot of discussions going on about fossil free fuels and that those shall be used instead of oil based fuels. Some of the fossil free fuels comes from the forest, which of course is good for us working in forestry.
A question that pops up in my head is, if biofuels shall replace oil fuels: Do we have enough forest material to completely…[Read more]
Here is a link to a site that describes different planting techniques in different parts of the World.
The also have a Youtube channel on the same theme:
The winter has arrived also in southern Sweden. It’s actually below zero in most parts of the country which means that the heating plants need more chips than ever to keep the citizens warm. It also means that everybody working with biomass handling in the forest are busy at the moment.
There are some articles here at Forestry.com about biomass…[Read more]
Another issue was that the Swedes early decided that the brush should be left on site. To act as fertilizer and to keep the grass down. This was before bioenergy from the forest was invented. I remember systems with feller-bunchers and stroke delimbers being used on site, and the delimbed stems were skidded to a landing where they were cut in…[Read more]
Soon the planting season will begin, and with that the search for skilled people that can plant. Every year is the same in many parts of the World. Why is it that the mechanization of planting never reached a solution that lasts? Is it only because that cheap labor always turns up? Or, is silviculture too “expensive” to be interesting as it it…[Read more]
I have shopped lots of firewood with axe, for many years until my parents installed earth heating in their house. Recently, I bought this axe for pounding wedges by felling in the forest. It was cheap, and light to carry around.
It turned out that it also is good for wood splitting. I guess the light handle, the heavy head/blade and the shape of…[Read more]
The Stihl MS 500i seems to be the saw “everybody” is talking about, but I don’t know anyone who actually have one. Has anyone here any experience of it?
I wrote an article about Ronny who dreams of one, but he thinks it’s too expensive so he struggles on with his other Stihl saws. https://www.forestry.com/editorial/a-man-and-his-chainsaw-stihl-ms-361-c/
Yes, that´s a good thing. Especially for old people like me.
I started my “modern” 550 XP Mrk II Auto Tune up last week after some time. It didn´t run so well, so I let go on idle for a minute or so, and then it was ok. Used it yesterday too and it ran like a dream.
Tomorrow I will use my old 254, just to keep it in shape.
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