Not to say I don't find plenty of down wood to burn while scavenging the forest floor for the driest pieces possible. But I have begun to ponder if I'd use less energy just processing the ends of dead downed trees with a little hand saw, and hatchet. Downed trees are everywhere, and easy to come by. Many which that aren't in direct contact with the forest floor. Mainly looking for wood 5" in diameter. Cut maybe in 10" logs made easy for splitting with the hatchet. I'm thinking, yes the hatchet, and collapsible saw is 3lbs, but I could cut up a tree close to camp, lugging the 10" logs to camp, and split at camp. I've covered a wide lot of forest searching for quality wood to burn, and end up tending to the fire most the night due to the lack of downed dry lumber. Thought maybe processing downed trees would produce better quality wood, and less time dragging huge dead limbs 50 yards tgrough the woods to camp. Maybe it's easier thought then done? Any do this regularly when hiking back country?
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