Beer, brats, and campfires

Posted 7-7-2016

BundlerNow that we have had a chance to celebrate 240 years of freedom in our country, we also celebrate summer. Here in Wisconsin, no three things say summer more than beer, brats, and campfires. I’m sure you all know about beer and campfires – bratwurst on the other hand seems to be a Wisconsin delicacy that few others know about. If you’ve never had brats, do it right… a bakery brat roll (no hot dog buns!), a high quality brat, sauerkraut, ketchup, and mustard. Damn, I’m getting hungry thinking about it! And cook the brats the right way, fill a big pot with beer and cook them through, then a couple minutes on the grill. Is your mouth watering yet? It should be!

It used to be you’d go camp in the woods with the above necessities. Find a couple dead falls and bust them up quick for firewood. As the world accelerates, we look for faster ways to slow down – which is why bundled firewood exists. Stop for gas and the last of the weekend supplies and grab a couple bundles for the weekend. No fuss, no muss. But where do those bundles come from?

Most of us in the firewood industry know – the firewood elves make them at night while we all sleep. Or rather, your local firewood processor is splitting wood smaller and bundling it. Some use potato sacks, some will tie with baler twine, others use small rolls of wrap on either end. The smart ones have a Wood Beaver Twister firewood bundler – faster and more efficient than any other method.

So what is special about our bundler – well, to start with, it is a patented design. We use needle bearings for the rotating assembly, with 70 pounds spinning, no one should expect nylon bushings to last – but others use them. A laser cut frame, gusseted and welded for longevity. Powder coat paint – 10 times thicker and harder than wet spray paints, it is mechanically bonded to the metal and designed to survive. A Leeson Electric gear reduction motor – the best on the market.

And now we have a new version – for those that don’t have electricity nearby – a gas powered version! Featuring a Honda engine, it is fast and reliable – and easy to use! And being a car guy, I like the fact you get to use a gas pedal!

So, now that you know how to get those bundles made quickly and efficiently, what say we build a campfire down by the lake, pop some tops, and enjoy some good old summer food?

God bless America and our way of life.
Bryndon O’Hara
General Manager
Wood Beaver Forestry