• Donna

Making Firewood from Old Fence Posts

Updated: Jan 3, 2021

I spent the afternoon making firewood from old fence posts. Over the course of the past year, Wendy and I have gathered hundreds from the perimeter of the property. Most had fallen, many were partially buried, and the majority are rotting. One thing they all have in common is the presence of U-staples that had been used to attach barbed wire and sheep fencing.

I didn't use a chainsaw to cut them into metal-free pieces because I was afraid of breaking the chain. So I set up a sawhorse and went to work with the bow saw. This approach ensured I could stop sawing when I hit a staple (which I did) and helped keep me warm since today's high temperature was literally freezing. I tossed the bits of wood that contained staples into the trash can fire. I've done this before when salvaging wood from pallets and the metal bits are easy to gather after the wood burns to ash.

The posts are likely made of hardwood like oak or chestnut, and I figure it's worth a few hours of manual labor to transform a bunch of bulky trash into two wheelbarrows' worth of decent firewood and a handful of staples.


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