Need a cord?

31 Jul

Or two… or three…?

Work never ends.  This was an 80′ oak that didn’t make it through the drought last year.  There has also been a disease to hit our hardwoods over the past couple of years.  This one hurt.




This will take a flatbed to haul it off.  Either that or cut it up.  Or waste it in a burn pile.   Or send it up to Dio.  He can make a bicycle out of it.

Marshmallows anyone?


Posted by on July 31, 2013 in Uncategorized


21 responses to “Need a cord?

  1. Jamie

    July 31, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    rat, sorry about your tree, but I bet a few wood workers would love to get some oak to work with and the smaller pieces will make good fuel after a year of drying/seasoning. Here in Idaho it’s mostly pine and fir for wood, though the orchards will have trimmings of cherry and apple in the fall.
    I got an estimate on the stove pipe installation, around $1500.00 about what I figured on cost for that part of the wood stove. I could go cheap with a cast iron stove but I would like to be able to see the fire. I know some of it psychological but I love seeing fire and it seems warmer when you see the flames.

    • The Soffitrat

      July 31, 2013 at 9:33 pm

      The photos don’t do it justice. It’s huge.

      Do you have the plans posted anywhere where I can see what you are doing with the pipe?

  2. Jamie

    July 31, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    Not really rat, Pretty simple installation with double wall pipe going straight up and make sure it is safe going through the attic. Sure -Temp has a basic installation guide and I will be doing the Flat Ceiling Installation. At least that is the plan until the installers can actually come to the house and see what is needed for a safe install. This looks to be a low clearance install with the double wall pipe I shouldn’t need to put up a lot of wall protection but I will need a stove/hearth pad for the floor. But I found a nice looking Brick type pad that will only cost about $70.00.

    • The Soffitrat

      July 31, 2013 at 9:52 pm

      And that brick pad is the way to go. But then, the installers will back (substantiate) that up for you. You’ll like it too! It’s functional and looks good too.

      • Jamie

        July 31, 2013 at 10:07 pm

        I liked how they added the permits to their costs. It is a small touch but it looks like they are concrened about a safe installation. I think my Dad has had work done by these guys and has been happy with how they do the job. I’ll double check to make sure but so far all the numbers look reasonable.
        My home was built in 1940 I have hardwood floors under the carpet that I’m slowly trying to clean up and restore and start giving the house a more retro look even if I can’t buy antiques from the 30’s-40’s Think of a cross of the movies “The Egg and I” and “Mr. Blandings Builds his Dream House”.

        • Dannyboy53

          July 31, 2013 at 10:57 pm

          Sounds like you got it going on at your house Jamie, good luck with it all. Are you too far from the Soffitrat wood pile to make a trip to pick some up?

          The brick will look nice in contrast with the old wood floors and is functional too, we have flat stone (no shortage of that here) and love it!

  3. Dannyboy53

    July 31, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    My apologies Jamie, I just recalled you said you were in Idaho…Duh! That is a wee bit far for a load of wood.

    I’m suffering from late night, middle-age, post operative medication…my only excuse!

  4. Jamie

    July 31, 2013 at 11:22 pm

    Danny probably only 1000 mile plus LOL
    I have quite enough wood to deal with right now getting the mill ends stacked up. As much as I whine, piss and moan about the work I’m happy I have the wood on hand. While I don’t have the wood stove installed for the house yet, I can make use of the wood in my little camp stove and as a trade item.
    I wish I had the talent, there was a lovely stone wall made in a small home that was all agate. Locally gathered cut and polished by a guy that built homes that made a beautiful fireplace. I admire folks that have that level of skill.
    The brick-looking hearth pad is a very deep red so it should look good with the wood floor wich is a bit distressed looking but is made from good quality wood.
    The 1940’s did a lot with paint and fabrics because of war time rationing so it is a relativly cheap retro look. I’d like to add a few “Art Deco” pieces from the 30’s as contrast. I guess I’m kind of a throwback as my favorite movies and actors are from the 30’s and 40’s. I’d rather watch Ma and Pa Kettle than the Kardasians anyday!

    • Dannyboy53

      August 1, 2013 at 9:34 am

      Yeah Jamie I had a brain fart when I asked if you could pick up some wood @ Soffitrat’s place! I can’t speak for Soffitrat of course but I am no expert at doing such things around the house. But I think he would agree with me on this point…don’t be hesitant to try your hand at some seemingly impossible project. Decide what you want done, even draw up some rough plans on the more complex projects. Talk to folks around you at work, local store, church, etc, and get ideas/advice then look up some instructions on the internet. Make a list of needed materials then…bail off into it headfirst! (You want to learn to swim ya gotta jump in the water!) Be advised, you WILL make mistakes but that is how one learns as you know…trial and error! In fact I’m still learning and still making mistakes. But it saves you a ton of money, it’s fun and you will appreciate it much more when backing up and admiring the finished project.

      Several years ago I rented an old home in Louisiana (built in the mid ’30’s) owned by my aunt/uncle and I ripped out the paneling finding beautiful wood hidden beneath for years. I found an old wood stove flue made of homemade bricks that had been hidden in the kitchen walls and restored it to it’s original appearance. My aunt Betty (an antique dealer) had an old gas stove (dated in the early 1950’s) in mint condition and we moved it in, hooked it up and I cooked on it the entire time I lived there. I used an old refrigerator that belonged to my great aunt, it worked flawlessly but was a pain in the butt to defrost!

      My point in all this is, I had NO skill or training in this sort of work…ZERO… but I formed an idea in my mind of what I wanted it to look like and jumped in! Often I had to tear out something because I did it wrong but I learned how to do it the next time.

      Be on the lookout for old lumber and bricks (still solid of course) of any type lying around in your neighborhood and offer to “clean it up” or barter for it. You would be surprised at how much “character” seems to come out in an object you build with this “old” material such as a BBQ pit, picnic table, cabinets, etc. Having been built in 1940 your house has TREMENDOUS potential and I’m envious.

      If you have the tools Jamie, you’re only limited by your imagination!

  5. anonymous

    August 1, 2013 at 6:37 am

    Maybe you could chain saw a couch out of that trunk. Drill a hole through your bar about 18″ away from ttip, insert a bolt and nut to fix it in place. That regulates the depth of your cut.

    Now cut two parallel cuts along trunk as far as you want seating to go. Join the cuts at ends – and you are done. Instant outdoor couch – roll or tow to your location – in front of a fire ring sounds like a good place to park it.

    • The Soffitrat

      August 1, 2013 at 6:44 pm

      Excellent idea. One I had not thought about. I’ll keep you posted!

  6. Dannyboy53

    August 1, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    Whooda thunk it, good idea anonymous. Makes me want to cut down a tree just to try it out!

    • The Soffitrat

      August 1, 2013 at 10:00 pm

      No kidding! I think that I will. The tree is a lot bigger than the photos show. It’s about 40′ long X 54-60″ diameter.

  7. diogenesoftherifle

    August 13, 2013 at 10:38 am

    Trade you Half a cord of Beech for half a cord of Oak. You have to arrange the miracle of transport though LOL Kiddin’ Good tree, don’t waste it in the burn pile. Bust it and sell it if need be.

    • The Soffitrat

      August 13, 2013 at 1:21 pm

      If I can get a hundred bucks, it will help me defray the increase in my electricity bills (for a month!). Of course, out here it’s not worth the time and effort to come and get it. The damn thing is about 45′ long! It’s bigger than the picture shows. Danny might be right. Have a pig roast in honor of our Glorious Leader. I might even invite him to be the guest of honor! 🙂

  8. Dannyboy53

    August 13, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Soffitrat I agree with dio, among other things it would make a good pig roast….maybe do one of those employee appreciation days. Call it a celebration for the opening of the new Barack Hussein Obama Turd Treatment Plant!!!

    • The Soffitrat

      August 13, 2013 at 1:50 pm

      (see reply to Dio) He can be the pig! There will be enough pork to feed all of Dallas. Maybe all of Texas!

  9. Dannyboy53

    August 13, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    PORK!…..It’s what’s for dinner!!

    • The Soffitrat

      August 13, 2013 at 6:19 pm

      Although I wouldn’t personally eat him (gives pigs a bad name), my dogs are not as picky. Bring your dogs!

      • Dannyboy53

        August 13, 2013 at 7:46 pm

        We have seven dogs, they aren’t picky either. They like mail carriers, meter readers and door to door salesmen…they would go ape-s*** crazy over any politician!

        • The Soffitrat

          August 13, 2013 at 9:07 pm

          Watch out for their stomachs. They can only eat so much rotten meat and not get sick.


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