I have a stihl 038 saw with a 20" bar . I bought it right after I bought my house , it's 41 years old . it's been a good saw . about 15 years ago the points went bad . I could not buy them , so I put a little electronic ignition box in it , and it works great . then the gas went to ethanol blend . the ethanol blend gas was killing the carburetor , I would buy 5 carb kits at a time . a while ago a local gas station started to sell ethanol free gas , since I've been running that I have not put another carb kit in it . this saw runs like a champ , but it's heavy not much plastic on it .
yes , I do heat with wood . this is another thing I've went full circle on . when I first bought my house I burnt wood because it was the only thing I could afford . I could go out in the woods and cut standing dead trees , and nobody cared , they were happy to get the dead stuff cleared out . then I switched and heated with heating oil . at the time it was cheap , and easy .when I first started to heat with heating oil it was under $0.50 per gallon . when heating oil prices got to where I didn't want to pay them , $3 - $4 per gallon , I bought an outdoor wood / coal stove and went back to wood . now I buy triaxle truck loads of logs and cut them here at home . a guy just can't go in the woods and cut now , trees are money. last year I paid $1000 per load of logs . the past 3 or 4 winters I've burnt hard coal ,(anthracite ) through the bitter weather . the price of coal has run $200 per ton . this past year it was $225 per ton . I just talked to the guy I buy the coal from , it's $375 per ton right now , and he expects it to keep going up . these coal prices are me picking it up at his coal yard , he charges by the ton for delivery . I'm done burning coal , until the price gets lower . I lucked out a couple weeks ago . they are putting in a cell tower about 1/4 mile up the road, and I was able to get the wood . I had to get it out of there ASAP . when the guys came back to work the logs would be in their way , and they would haul them out . they didn't know how long I'd have to get the wood , so I kept right after it . I got the last load #13 out on a Saturday , and they were there Wednesday . I have a bunch of work stacking now , but I'm not on a deadline . there is nothing easy about heating with wood , it's all work .
the start .
View attachment 19747
my gas powered , self dumping , wheelbarrow .
View attachment 19748
last full load
View attachment 19749
all the wood at home
View attachment 19751
my typical woodpile for winter
View attachment 19750
Don't burn wood for heat, but I do cut and split wood. Use a cheap Poulan 16" that's been a good saw for what it is. My brother has a Husqvarna saw, 20" bar I think it is, that I also use for the bigger stuff. I'm getting a pretty good pile of split fire wood I'll sell. Predominantly red, white, and rock/chestnut oak.
End of last summer my outside A/C unit finally was wore out. For what it would cost to replace, for just a little bit more money I could put in a heat pump. So I went with a heat pump that was tied into my existing oil hot water boiler as a hybrid system for my heat. I like it. I only burned 85 gallons of heating oil for the winter, and my most expensive electric bill was for a 36 day billing cycle that they also overcharged on and I was issued a credit on the subsequent bill. That most expensive bill was $206. Average electric bill for the winter was $157 and around $100 of that is normal electric bill.
I will say I'm locked in yet on an old price of .0799 per KWH. Most people are currently paying at least .14 KWH due to numerous increases in electric starting 2021.
I've had the truck for about 25 years . the project I bought it for is long finished . it seems every time I think about selling it I get into something that the ole truck really helps with . I haven't had a license on it for years , due to the cost .That's a handy old truck. I'd have all kinds of uses for that.
Jim, that truck is great! I'd love to have something like that around my placeI've had the truck for about 25 years . the project I bought it for is long finished . it seems every time I think about selling it I get into something that the ole truck really helps with . I haven't had a license on it for years , due to the cost .
the truck didn't dump when I got it , there was a dump rigging in the bed .there was no pump, I bought an electric pump . I put all this on , and the cylinder was no good , I bought a new cylinder . then this rigging wouldn't raise the bed high enough . I tried to buy a scissor separate since I had the pump , but no one would sell me it , only the complete kit . I ended up building the scissor set up . it's really a handy yard truck , the bed is 7' wide and 12' long . I need to replace all the boards on the bed , floor and sides . hauling all these logs really beat up the rotten boards .
View attachment 19754
here she is in all her glory .
View attachment 19755