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    Pretty cool. That ember is huge.

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    Pretty cool. That ember is huge.
    Thanks! I like to go a little longer than necessary just to make sure I get a nice, big ember; I've had a few of the smaller ones die out on me in the past.
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    Where does the ember come from, the spindle or the hearth board?

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    Where does the ember come from, the spindle or the hearth board?
    Well, that's a topic of debate. Theoretically it comes from the spindle (near the outer edge), but I don't know if anyone knows for sure.

    I'm in the process of trying to get ahold of an infrared camera to get a definitive answer, but the only one I can get ahold of for sure is in Michigan, and I won't be able to use it until summer.
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    Well, that's a topic of debate. Theoretically it comes from the spindle (near the outer edge), but I don't know if anyone knows for sure.

    I'm in the process of trying to get ahold of an infrared camera to get a definitive answer, but the only one I can get ahold of for sure is in Michigan, and I won't be able to use it until summer.
    Hah! Leave it to me to ask a question of debate, lol.

    Easy answer. Which wears out faster, the hearth board hole or the spindle's length? Although the spindle is softer, so that probably isn't an easy answer either...

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    Hah! Leave it to me to ask a question of debate, lol.

    Easy answer. Which wears out faster, the hearth board hole or the spindle's length? Although the spindle is softer, so that probably isn't an easy answer either...
    The answer to that is that it depends. Usually the softer wood wears out first. However, when they are similar in hardness, I find the hole in the hearth board wears down first.

    In this particular case, the spindle was way softer than the hearth board, so it wore down a lot more than the hole in the hearth.
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    Yeah, that locust is some tough wood. I had a heckuva time putting a sign on a locust tree. First I tried screws, then went to nails and barely got them in.

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