Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Home-made Firewood Processor (Firewood Processor)

Firewood Processor

Firewood processors are a necessity for cutting and splitting large amount of firewood with efficiency and safely. However, these machines are costly, ranging from $10,000 for a introductory model to as much as $50,000 for the bigger and more professional units used by firewood companies. For around $2500, nonetheless, a homeowner can create his own homemade firewood processor, and enjoy the benefits of splitting firewood.

Step 1

Draw or purchase plans for how to build the firewood processor. Purchase commercially available plans or design your own firewood processor based on common models sold through countrywide dealers such as Blockbuster or Hud-Son, Inc.

Step 2

Select the key equipment that will power your firewood processor. Firewod processors comprise of a log cutter (usually a long-blade chain saw welded in place to the frame) and a log splitter. In a common setup, the log is elevated onto the upper frame and pushed against a steel stop that sets the length at 22″, the most common firewood dimension. The log is sawed to length, and a hydraulic pump pushes the sawn portion against a steel plate with a sharp edge, which cuts the log into two. An operator revolves the split half and resets it for another pass against the splitter, which yields log quarters suitable for firewood. The more common log splitters are electrical or hydraulic, and should be adequate to splitting logs into 4, 6, or 8 segments. A hydraulic lift is important in lifting logs onto a steel deck for processing, while a large tractor or backhoe can also execute this purpose. Commercialised plans include a do-it-yourself splitters that can be created using hydraulic parts.

Step 3

Create the trailer, using channel iron to build the central chassis and axles. Bind the wheels and check alignment (axle and wheels square to frame). On top of the axle frame, use channel iron to fabricate a box frame with cross pieces on top of the chassis.

Step 4

Make use of the steel mesh to construct vertical guards around the splitting and cutting areas. Bolt the chain saw onto a welded frame with a pivot attachment that allows to be raised and lowered. Weld steel stops in place to set the 22″ firewood depth. Construct (or purchase) a hydraulic mechanics to push the cut log section against the splitter plate. Weld angle iron or flat steel sections to the frame as bracing to stiffen the construction.

Step 5

Test the firewood processor by running assorted size logs through the device. Depending upon the size of the frame constructed, home-built firewood processors can generally handle up to 20″ diameter logs, and, with a competent operator, can produce 2 to 3 cords per hour of 22″ long firewood.

Firewood Processor

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