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nevadanick

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Posted: 05/29/16 06:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I guess i should have been more specific. We are going to Alaska and will camp along the way. Just about everywhere i have ever camped, gathering firewood is allowed. I dont want to have to stick 10ft deadfall in the Jeep. I know all about transporting, the reason for taking the chainsaw. Whatever we dont use up, we leave behind for the next person.

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Posted: 05/29/16 06:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A chain saw can get you out of a jam too. Not just for fire wood.


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I carry an electric, less maintenance and mess, charges from the solar panels. We camp in BC and Alaska. In BC there are many clear cuts (most access to lakes is over old logging roads) so there is always plenty of firewood to gather around the edges. In Alaska there always seems to be beetle killed timber. I carry a bow saw too. I've had to clear overhead space to get the camper into places, clear the road, and I carry it on the ATV also. If you have a wife that likes to stay warm while you wander off to fish, the amount of firewood required is a bit daunting.

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Posted: 05/30/16 05:11am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Milwaukee Tools makes a small handheld battery powered sawzall... i buy a 8 or 10 inch blade for it and cut away.... it wont cut a log but its great for 4
' or smaller.... cost $100 Home depot and Lowes carry it...

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Ok, thanks for the responses that actually pertain to what i asked. I will take a small one with me.

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We carry a bowsaw, but not for firewood -- it is to clear downed logs blocking forest roads. Yes, it is slower than a chainsaw, but we don't have to carry gas or worry about it dripping oil.

And we have only had to use it three times in the last eleven years!


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During the years we lived in Alaska, I often carried a chainsaw with us. Very handy at times, especially when boon docking . Many of the years when we camped on the Kenai, we were on property we owned so cutting trees wasn't a problem.
Remember one time on the road out to Chena Hot Springs, I took the 5th wheel down a trail/path that I thought had a turn around at the end by the river. It seemed like a good idea at the time. LOL

But it took the better part of a day and a half to cut enough willow trees to be able to turn the trailer around to get out of there and back on the pavement. Normally I would walk the trail first before driving down it. Was sure glad I had a small chainsaw and a few gallons of mixed gas with us.


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Back in the day.....I went to visit my uncle near Goose Bay which was then way off the road system. Got in OK with my 4WD pickup but it rained for two solid days and I had to more or less build my own mini-corduroy road to get out. Fortunately, I was young and energetic in those days and....had my trusty Stihl chainsaw.

I always carry a chainsaw when I'm taking a surface vehicle off asphalt in Alaska. If its my pickup, it's my big Stihl. If it's an ATV, i've got a small Poulan.


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i carry a little stihl 35.it's paid for itself a dozen times over.small enough to pack and big enough to cut firewood and in my case,clear a deadfall on the forest service roads i tend to travel.forget those wimpy electric ones.i think mine was around $200.a full tank and full chain lube lasts a long time.almost a full season.


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For small i have a Husqvarna 445 and a Stihl MS250, also have a Husqvarna 365 but i havent seen trees that far north that are big enough to justify it. Used to have a couple of bigger saws also.

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