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Paul427's picture
Sawing frozen logs

Okay this is my first season so, I'll pose the question and hope it doesn't sound to dense. Can I mill frozen logs with success? I'm thinking of spruce and white cedar. Should I wait till spring? I've got a stack of spruce ready to go. I coated the log ends, I don't know if it's okay to wait til April. I wouldn't mind doing it in winter if it is okay.

JP's picture

You can saw frozen // BUT-- it can be somewhat tricky/ you want to use only a sharp blade (read change it often) and you may want to go to a less then 10 deg blade. Some say 8-9 some as low as 4 deg. some also use a lesser set ?? best advise is to experiment /// I found the worst is a partially frozen log
back in the 80s WM had a load of frozen Spruce brought in from northern Maine just so they could exp. with blade configuration. JP

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whitey's picture

I have found that I can saw down to about 28 df without much trouble , below that I just stay in the shop until it warms up. I'm not that diehard. I have seen where they use bandmills to resaw blocks of ice for Ice stuctures and I don't think it even looks fun. :P :P

Bill's picture

Paul i sawed frozen birch all winter the first yr. i got my saw with no adverse effects and no experience probably cause i didn't know any different. Since then i've cut plenty of frozen wood and learned to avoide frozen dead fir or 1/2 frozen like mentioned in previous posts. The harder the wood the less set required and 8 to 10 de. hook angle worked fine for me.

Shole's picture

Greetings from the \"Great White North\"!

As the others have said, sawing frozen wood could be considered a specialty on its own (just like sawing spruce....). I tend to prefer to saw certain species in the winter because they just saw easier. Fresh cut (green) logs saw nicer in my opinion - especially black ash, white birch, and aspen - when set up right.

The \"right\" set-up involves, as said earlier, the right blade maintenance and correct lubrication. In my opinion, I don't think it is worth worrying about changing hook angle unless you are running the higher HP engines (my 13 HP Honda doesn't like 4° hook angles). I have had great success just maintaining a sharp blade with slightly less set than \"usual\".

As for lube, the \"chainsaw oil / diesel fuel\" folks have an immediate fix - just go to winter oil and a bit more diesel. Us \"water and soap\" folks have a greater change to do. I have had reasonable results with windshield washer fluid as well as mixing water with air-brake alcohol. I tend to stick with the windshield washer fluid as it has a built in thermometer to tell me to \"go inside its too cold dumb a$$\" - I buy the stuff good to minus 35°C so when it freezes you know the equipment is getting too brittle.

The big thing is to experiment - take care to watch what is happening with the sawdust - it is more important than in summer to ensure that it is being removed.

Have fun sawing, I personally like sawing in the winter.


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