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The Adams County Record Fuelwood Processor Wednesday, November 27, 2013 Page 3 Continued from page 1 Mark and Joe, have found. a way.to deliver firewood to a customer's door with- out ever laying a hand on it. As most people in the area know, these guys run Mahon Logg g; they har- vest trees for a living. They have "sold firewood in the past - sometimes whole logs by the truckload. But now they have bought a machine that cuts those logs into rounds, splits them, and even loads them into a truck for delivery. The machine is a Multitek Fuelwood pro- cessor, Model 2040XP2. If you Google "Multitek " Firewood processor" you can find a YouTube video of a similar model in oper- ation. Logs are loaded onto a conveyor from which the operator allows one log at a time to enter a chute. The log is advanced to a stop that is adjusted for whatever length the round needs to be. A saw cuts off the round and the round is then shoved through a splitter. There are at least two options for splitters: a single blade to cut the rounds in half, or a star- shaped splitter that splits the rounds into several The Multitek Fuelwood Processor. Mahons' dump 'uck, which holds two cords of wood for local delivery, is parked under the conveyor. chunks. The chunks fall onto a conveyor that car- ries them up and drops them off the' end into a truck, trailer, etc., or into a pile on the ground. The Mahons bought the Multitek machine with the idea of expanding their timber business options and to provide a service for local folks who burn wood. Tom says they are especially popular with older women living alone who are not able to go out and get firewood. With minimal advertising, the Mahons have seen a big demand for firewood. As of the middle of last week, they had sold 141 cords. The speed of the machinCs production depends on the size of the logs, but it can easily pro- duce 3 to 4 cords an hour. Tom has delivered a few loads for the new furnace at the Community Church. The wood, which, from the time the trees were mechanically harvested in the woods with a feller- buncher to the point where the dump truck dumps the chunks at their final desti- nation, were never touched by anything but machines. Now if someone could invent a machine to pick up that dumped load and stack it! IsZD4E |PIeCL&L EVERY F|2&Y | |ATU||&Y! Moa" Thur 7 AM to 8 PM Fri Sat 7 AM to 9 PM Sunday 8 AM to 2 PM 150 S. Railroad Midvate, Idaho 208- 55-3450 Trail Riding Continued from page 1 boughs, sloughing through hock deep bogs, or barely fittiff between house high boulders, and stumblin' and slidin" up and down slopes of loose rocks and gravel... "Extreme? Nah, aifft nothin' but the regular back country mountain trail business for us." It's almost Thanksgiving, and the Heartland Back Country Horsemen riders have hung up their spurs for the year. From May into the first of November these riders get together to ride the mountain trails of Idaho. This chapter of Back Country Horsemen of Idaho, an offshoot of Back Country Horsemen of America, mostly rides in the Payette Forest from the Council Valley side of the West Mountains to north of McCall, and all sides of Long Valley. They've plenty to be thank- ful for - ridin" with good friends in God's country. As winter looms on the horizon, snow starts to fly and the back roads are no longer passable for a pick-up and horse trailer, these horsemen settle into their comfy cabins. Time to relax with enough wood in the shed and plenty of hay stored in the barn. The sturdy trail horses have grown winter coats to see them through the com- ing months. They happily munch on hay while their riders sit before the home fires tellin" tales of the sea- son's rides. More often than not, most of the rides are peaceful with great scen- ery on good trails, but all riders are prepared, at least half way, for the unexpected. Occasionally even the most seasoned fella and believe me some of the older riders are well seasoned - might have an event they don't expect. Anything from get- ring-your horse stuck in a bog, the rider falling in the mud, to having an experienced horse almost fall off the mountain side has happened. Sometimes there are blow-down trees barring the trail. Good to have a folding hand saw in your saddlebag to cut through these. Oft' times the riders have to depart the main trail and bush- whack to find their way. They can encounter herds of elk running across the trail chased by wolves, or come across a bear or two, or a nasty Angus bull left to fend for himself in the National Forest. Then there is the pack horse's lead rope getting' caught under the tail of his lead horse - not a lot of fun, but it does happen - an explosive rodeo ensues, giving the rider a rough time, or worse a fall onto rocky ground. Yep, these riders know to have an emergency plan and to be friendly to Life Flight. For now all the riders are waitin' for the upcom- ing annual Christmas party. This year the party will be December 7th at high noon at our presi- dent, Jean Revaul's home near Donnelly. This pot- luck party tests the cama- raderie and friendship of the HBCH members with the White Elephant gift exchange. Here is how it works, everybody gets a number. Numbers are pulled out of a hat. When your number is called you can choose a gift from under the Christmas tree or... steal" one that some- one has already opened. It is hilarious to watch the best gifts go round and round. And funny as hel .... er, heck that is, to watch someone open a worth- less white elephant that nobody wants. A true test of the friendship these pardners have. What with sharing the challenges of mountain trail riding this comic relief is well earned! Hey, Ya'll come to the party if you want to join our group! Membership is $18 for an individual, $30 for a family. We invite you to see what this is all about! Test our tales to see how tall they might be! Contact Jean at jelrevaul@ yahoo.com or call her at 208-382-4373 or our 2014 president, Paul Kleint at 208-325-8768. Hope to see ya there! 414-2850 449 State Street, Weiser, ID www.WeiserClassicCandy.com