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Been milling some apple trees and I thought I'd share some pics. Comes from a pushed over orchard. I've tapped out @ 54 trees brought home for firewood. Noodled a bunch of base pieces because they are darn heavy soaking wet. One stump in fact pee'd on me after the cut for about 15-20 seconds. Steady stream of sap came right out! Anywho, the noodled pieces were absolutely beautiful so I decided to borrow the mill.
And hey, if ya have any tips, feel free to post 'em up. First time solo with the csm but I do plan to buy one soon.
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My first tree I decided to do in 2 pieces because I was alone without a cant hook or an aluminum ladder.
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So when the orchard owner saw my pics of these 50 year old + trees opened up, he contacted me right away wanting some. Offered to buy it. Yeah right... He's provided me with loads upon loads of apple wood, now and in the past. Least I could do for him was give him a full tree, which was this one. I had him there while I did it to create the memory.
Before:
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Decided to try to do this one without cutting it off the trunk.
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And Andrew removing the 2x10
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Tops would be awesome smoking woods.
I use smaller limb wood, bringing home long lengths then cutting hockey puck size pieces for the smoker. It's soooo much better than the stuff you buy in bags. When it's naturally wet, it smokes sweeter and creates humidity from the moisture coming out.
 
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