Get Your Firewood Ready!

Log splitters make winter prep quick and easy

In the middle of a hot summer, it may seem strange to discuss prepping for cold weather, but when it comes to firewood—it’s the perfect time! The reason is that wood needs time to season which means drying it out so the moisture content drops to a low level which enables the wood to burn better. Cut wood can have up to 50% moisture by weight. Well-seasoned wood should have between 15-20% moisture by weight to burn optimally.

To get your wood fuel supply ready, here are four tips:

Cut wood to the right length for your stove, fireplace or furnace. A good rule of thumb is three inches shorter than the firebox width or length depending on how you load your wood. Pieces longer than 16 inches are generally more awkward to handle.

Split it to the right size depending on where you’re burning it. When splitting, keep smaller pieces for kindling. Splitting can be a real chore—but with a log splitter, it can be real fun! Consider these models:

10 Ton Hydraulic Log Splitter
You can split logs up to 18 inches long and 6-1/2 inches in diameter (depending on wood density) with this Central Machinery log splitter. Manually work the jack handles to generate up to 10 tons of splitting force. The extra-long handles provide good leverage. The compact size is ideal for convenient storage.

 

5 ton Log Splitter
Split logs up to 10 inches in diameter with this Central Machinery electric log splitter featuring a powerful 1.8 horsepower motor. The unit also features 6-inch wheels for transport, easy grip handle and compact size for convenient storage.

 

20 ton Log Splitter
Put the power of a 212cc gas-powered 6.5 HP Predator engine behind your firewood prep! This heavy-duty unit tackles logs 23-1/2 inches long and 16 inches in diameter. It has 16-inch wheels for easy transport and is towable. Note: this unit is not for sale in California.

 

Pile in a single row exposed to the sun and wind to get the moisture content under 20%. The pile should be placed in an area where the sun can warm it and wind blow through it to faciliate drying. The wood should be raised off the ground to prevent rotting and mold. Also, do not stack the wood too high for safety and be sure to stabilize the stack with cross pieces and solid ends (e.g. a post driven into the ground – see pic).

 

Let the wood dry at least six months for proper seasoning. If you live in more humid areas or use dense wood like oak, you may have to give it more time. Come fall, move the wood to a dry sheltered area that’s fully protected from rain and snow. It’s ill-advised to store a large amount of wood in your house due to the potential of mold growth which can contaminate your indoor air. To determine moisture content, you can use a wood moisture gauge or go by as many of these indicators as possible:

  • Check for cracks in the end grain
  • Look for wood that darkens from white or cream color to grey or yellow as it dries
  • Bang two pieces together—dry pieces sound hollow while wet pieces sound solid and dull
  • Split a piece—if the exposed surface feels damp, it’s not seasoned enough
  • Burn some—dry wood ignites and burns easily while wet wood is hard to light and hisses in the fire

Don’t get caught in the cold! Preparing for winter can be a fun warm-weather project with a little help from log splitters available at your local Harbor Freight Tools store!

 

 

 

Source material:
woodheat.org
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Portable Power Packs and Jump Starters

Power when you need it—where you need it!

 

It’s normal to take power for granted … until the car battery dies, the cell phone runs out of juice or you’re in the middle of a camping trip when you remember you promised your boss you’d finish making changes to the spread sheet and email it back before Monday. When you need power—you need it here and you need it now!

That’s where Harbor Freight comes in with several different options of combination power pack/jump starters.


3-in-1 Portable Power Pack with Jump Starter
You’ll never have to ask for a jump start again and wrestle with unruly jumper cables. Protected in a sturdy high-impact case, this Cen-Tech 12-volt power supply  and jump starter can jump start a weak or drained 12 volt car battery quickly and easily. The 6 AWG industrial booster cables and heavy-duty alligator clips with copper-coated steel clamps attach to any car’s battery. The built-in 3 LED light illuminates your work area so no need to be afraid of the dark! The power pack also features two 12 VDC outlets and USB charging port for smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices.


4-in-1 Jump Starter with Air Compressor
With this Cen-Tech power pack, also housed in a durable high-impact case, you can jump start a 12-volt car battery, illuminate your work area with the built-in 3 LED light, and charge smartphones and other electronics with  two VDC outlets and USB port. Additionally, it features an integrated 250 PSI air compressor with gauge—perfect to fill a flat tire or use to fill sporting equipment, inflatable pool toys, etc.

 


5-in-1 Portable Power Pack with Jump Start

Housed in a heavy-duty rubberized case, this Cen-tech power pack features a jump starter with 6 AWG booster cables and copper-coated steel clamps, super bright 4-way LED work lights, dual 12 VDC outlets and USB port for charging electronics, 300 PSI air compressor with gauge—and 200 watt power inverter with dual AC outlets.


Lithium Ion Jump Starter and Power Pack
This Viking power pack delvers BIG but can still fit in your glove box! The special battery is designed to maintain its charge for extended periods—up to 70% after 2 years. This compact power pack features a jump starter, USB/12V power bank for charging smartphones and other electronic devices, flashlight and auto power-off to preserve battery life. Comes in a convenient carrying case.

 

Harbor Freight is the place to go for all your power needs! In addition to the combination power packs/jump starters featured above, you’ll find a complete range of generators, solar supplies, batteries and more—just visit your local Harbor Freight Tools store!

Tailgating with Harbor Freight

While over 40 million people turn to Harbor Freight for tools and accessories, it may not be widely known that Harbor Freight is a great place to shop for tailgating equipment. Without further ado, let’s get the tailgating party started with five must-have items …

1.

TailGator Generator

A reliable power source is mandatory tailgating equipment. This portable 63cc air-cooled 2 cycle gas engine generator is ideal for camping, hunting and as the name “TailGator” implies—tailgating. Like an alligator, it’s strong and tough—but whereas an alligator is a cold-blooded killer, the TailGator is a cool-running thriller! Features include a 120-volt grounded receptacle, circuit breaker protection and 5 hours run-time @ 50% capacity. With a built-in handle and weighing in at under 40 lbs., this generator travels easily between sporting events!

I run my snow cone, coffee, and popcorn machines with no problem. – Tim, Albuquerque

 

2.

10 ft. x 10 ft. Popup Canopy

The elements can really put a dampener on your tailgating fun. But with this popup canopy, you can keep the elements at bay! Constructed of water-resistant and fade-resistant UV treated 150 denier polyester fabric, the canopy sets up quickly and easily—without tools. It also comes with a wheeled storage bag for easy transport.

I now have 3 of these—they work great—quick up, quick down, and work as well as any for 2 to 3 times more money. – Ric, Buffalo

 

3.

Foldable Aluminum Sports Chair

Tailgating is great—but if you’re only seating is the tailgate on your vehicle … not so great. Problem solved with the Folding Aluminum Sports Chair. Several features make this chair ideal for tailgating—lightweight yet durable aluminum frame that supports up to 250 lbs., three side pockets, bottle holder and folding side table. The chair also folds up for easy transport.

Chair is sturdy, comfortable and very well made. The attached table and pockets are extremely useful. – Bob the Repairer, Elkton, VA

 

4.

5-in-1 Portable Power Pack with Jump Start

You don’t want a dead battery, flat tire, drained cell phone or other inconvenience to interrupt your tailgating bliss—and you won’t have to worry when you’re prepared with this portable power pack providing 5 functions in one convenient unit:

  • Jump starter: heavy-duty 6 AWG booster cables with copper-coated steel clamps
  • Air Compressor (with gauge): generates up to 300 PSI
  • Power inverter: 200 watts with dual AC outlets, dual 12VDC outlets and USB Port
  • 12V battery: maintenance-free and up to 20 hours of 12-volt power on a single charge
  • Work light: 4-way with bright LEDs

The heavy-duty rubberized case with built-in handle provides durability and mobility respectively.

One of the best all-in-one products I have ever purchased. Definitely a great buy! – Miza, Corpus Christi, TX

 

5.

Folding Trash Bag Stand

Tailgating can generate a lot of trash, but no one wants to trash the venue! Problem solved with this trash bag stand. The stand holds 33-gallon trash bags and features heavy-duty welded steel construction with a weatherproof enamel finish. The stand conveniently folds up for easy storage and transport.

This is excellent! A sturdy, simple, inexpensive, perfect solution for holding trash bags up and open. – RVer, Atlanta

 

Harbor Freight is the place to shop for “Quality tools—and tailgating equipment—at a ridiculously low price!”

What other items from Harbor Freight have you used for tailgating? Leave a comment!

Rotating Magnetic LED Work Light

magnetic light

This Rotating Magnet LED Work Light stays put on metal surfaces via a powerful magnetic base and provides 180 lumens, making it ideal for automotive repairs, shop work and hobbies. It’s also a great emergency back-up light.

Other features include an easy on/off switch and a 360-degree swivel head that enables you to direct the beam exactly where you want it. The work light is powered by three AA batteries providing between 3 to 6 hours of run time—batteries are included.

Customers really love this work light:

Handy light to have around. Bright and easy to use in tight and difficult places. – COS Mac, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Great little light with magnet bottom and rotating head puts the light just where you need it. – Don, Bewood, NC

I use the magnetic rotating light to work on farm machinery in tight places, within the engine area, under the vehicle, and in buildings that have no lighting. This light puts out a lot of light. – Rocking Double B Ranch, Russellville, MO

I got this to help provide a small spotlight when working under the hood. It is great for that. It also helps when checking the air pressure in the dark … – Dave, Antioch, CA

Great value for this product, lots of light and the magnet holds good when I clean our pellet stove. Very good quality, will purchase more. – Lil SKI, Plattsburgh New York

Pick up one or more of the Rotating Magnetic LED Work Light at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

Rotating Magnetic LED Work Light
item#62955

Swivel Lens Headlamp

Swivel Lens Headlampswivel headlamp in use

This lightweight headlamp allows the user to work hands free without neck strain while the swivel lens can be adjusted 90 degrees up or down to light up any project. The headlamp also features an easy on/off button and is waterproof for use outdoors.

For plumbing, electrical work or a myriad of other projects, the Swivel Lens Headlamp is indispensable! Here’s what other customers have said about it:

I do a lot of work that virtually requires 3 hands. This headlamp has already paid for itself, and I was surprised to get it at a reduced sale price. The headstrap with the crown strap makes wearing it comfortable. Lamp is also adjustable on a swivel. I had my doubts about a product at such a low price, since some headlamps cost over $40.00. I have absolutely no complaints for a great buy at much less than $5.00. – Rondo, Texarcana, AR

Allows you to work hands free and shine the light where needed.  – Cel, San Antonio

I love this product. Can’t beat the price. I use it for cleaning litter boxes and taking care of cats at night. – animallover, San Jose, CA

You can pick up the Swivel Lens Headlamp at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

Swivel Lens Headlamp
item#45807

5 mil Nitrile Powder-Free Gloves 100 Pc

5-mil-gloves

Whether you’re a professional mechanic, contractor or arts & crafts hobbyist, you’ll want to keep several boxes of the 5 mil Nitrile Powder-Free Gloves 100 Pc on hand. They come in medium, large and extra-large sizes.

Nitrile gloves provide better chemical resistance compared to latex gloves and won’t trigger latex allergies. They provide a protective barrier against dirt, grime and oil as well as many chemicals and solvents. The gloves fit right or left hands with a comfortable fit and feel. They’re ideal for janitorial work, painting, maintenance, light shop work and even food processing.

Customers have made these gloves a staple for their shops, garages, tool boxes and glove compartments.

They are excellent quality, great value, and serve many purposes. Overall you cannot beat these for their value. – Brian the Refinisher, Fort Worth, TX

The nitrile gloves work great in my wood shop when applying finish. Very strong, I can use them several times before wearing out gloves from putting them on. – Wayne’s Woodworks, SE Portland, OR

Use them for everything from grease and oil to processing deer. –  Larry, Rome, NY

Can’t ask for a better glove to do dirty work or to handle things that could bring harm to your health. – Cowboy Ken, Vancouver, WA

I use them on everything, car repair to household cleaning. – Big T, Mechanicsville, VA

Pick up the 5 mil Nitrile Powder-Free Gloves 100 Pc today at your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

5 mil Nitrile Powder-Free Gloves 100 Pc X-Large
item#68498

5 mil Nitrile Powder-Free Gloves 100 Pc Large
item#61360

5 mil Nitrile Powder-Free Gloves 100 Pc Medium
item#61363

Rotating Magnetic LED Work Light

magnetic-light

Harbor Freight’s Rotating Magnet LED Work Light clamps to any metal surface via a powerful magnetic base and provides 180 lumens, which makes it ideal for automotive repairs, shop work and hobbies. It’s also a great emergency back-up light. The work light is powered by three AA batteries (sold separately) providing between 3 to 6 hours of run time.

Customer love this work light:

Purchased four of these while on sale … couldn’t be happier! Used them for tasks to work under garden tractor changing out drive and mower deck belts. Also wired new security light on pole barn and finished after dark … attached this light to garage door rail and was able to install new breaker in fuse box with this light … attached high on rail and it lit up the entire area. Will use for camping and keep one in the truck for emergencies … Kimo, Columbia, MD

I have several LED flashlights … but you can’t always get them situated exactly right to shine where you really need it. This one allows much greater flexibility in where you focus the light. – JWS, Villa Rica, GA

Looking forward to using while grilling at night. – Jer, Frankfort, IL

Pick up one or more Rotating Magnetic LED Work Light from your local Harbor Freight Tools store.

Rotating Magnetic LED Work Light
item#62955

13HP Generator Powered by Predator!

8750 Peak 7000 Running Watts, 13 HP (420cc) Generator EPA III

Whether you’re on a construction job or getting ready for hurricane season, it pays to have a dependable generator at the ready. Look no further than the 8750 Peak/7000 Running Watts, 13 HP (420cc) Generator EPA III from Harbor Freight Tools!

Powered by a reliable Predator gas engine, this generator is ideal for emergencies, job site use, recreation, household, lawn and garden, heating and cooling. Features include:

  • 420cc / 13 HP air-cooled OHV gas engine
  • Electric start with recoil back up (electric start requires battery, not included)
  • 12 hour run-time @ 50% capacity
  • Low oil indicator / low oil shutdown
  • Heavy duty 1-1/4 in. steel roll cage
  • UL listed circuit breakers
  • (2) 120V , 20A duplex outlets, 3 prong, (1) 120V, 20A twist lock outlet, 3 prong,
    (1) 240V, 30A twist lock outlet, 4 prong, (1) 12V DC outlet

This generator was voted a Best Buy Winner two years in a row by Consumer Reports! And customers just love it:

Has enough power for my entire house. Very pleased with its output. Can’t beat the price either. Jared, Brownsville, PA

I had equipped my house with a generator patch earlier in the year and had delayed purchasing a generator as I had not decided on the brand or size. When the power had been out for 5 hours and still no updates from the utility company, I decided enough was enough. Had guests coming, food spoiling, house hot, and kids unhappy … It ran two refrigerators, the 3 ton A/C system upstairs (it also would run the downstairs unit if I turned the upstairs off, but it’s a 4 ton and I figured that was pushing it over a 40 amp circuit) and the pool pumps. Basically anything I threw at it within reason it seemed to start and handle… Thanks HF! – Cashflys, Dallas, TX

I woke at 2 AM with no power, house down to 50 degrees and outside temperature of 4 F. In 15 minutes I had it hooked up and running total house lights, pump and furnace. What a savior it was. Churned right along for 3 hours till power came back on. It is a great item to have in emergencies. – Hawk Hollow Farmer, Meadville, PA

Pick up your 8750 Peak/7000 Running Watts, 13 HP (420cc) Generator EPA III from your local Harbor Freight store!

Item for sale outside California only – please refer to item 68525 for California compliant model. Requires a 12 volt battery for starting, sold separately. This item can only be shipped within the 48 contiguous states via Standard Ground Shipping. In order to return this item for a refund or replacement, all fuel must first be drained.

8750 Peak/7000 Running Watts, 13 HP (420cc) Generator EPA III
item#68530

Item for sale outside California only – please refer to item 68525 for California compliant model. Requires a 12 volt battery for starting, sold separately. This item can only be shipped within the 48 contiguous states via Standard Ground Shipping. In order to return this item for a refund or replacement, all fuel must first be drained.

Portable Power that Packs a Punch!

portable generator

When you’re on the move with camping, tailgating, hunting or other activities, the 900 Peak/700 Running Watts, 2 HP (63cc) 2 Cycle Gas Generator moves with you! This portable power supply features a 63cc air-cooled 2 cycle gas engine, 120-volt grounded receptacle and circuit breaker protection. Compact yet sturdy, this generator provides up to 5 hours of run-time at 50% capacity.

Customers swear by this one! Check out some of the reviews:

This is a great little generator. Easy to start, lightweight and trouble free operation. I have two of these generators and they are the best I’ve found … – Richard, Oregon

This has been a great generator. I have had it on my work truck for some time now. I do property preservation work and use this machine almost every day. It is light enough to carry around and is extremely easy to start. It’s perfect for running small tools or an air compressor. An added bonus is that it is not very loud. I highly recommend this product to anyone looking for a small generator. – Property King, Pennsylvania

I use this generator daily to charge batteries, provide current for TV, and as a cheap alternative to electricity needs out here off the grid. It starts easily on second or third pull of the rope! It does what it is made to do. I have recommended it to others. – Jethro, Oklahoma

To get your 900 Peak/700 Running Watts, 2 HP (63cc) 2 Cycle Gas Generator or to check out Harbor Freight’s full line of generators for all your power needs, visit your local Harbor Freight store!

900 Peak/700 Running Watts, 2 HP (63cc) 2 Cycle Gas Generator EPA/CARB
item#60338

Predator Generators: How To Prep, Run and Maintain Them for Years of Service

generator with wheel kit - brand new

You just bought– or are about to buy– your first generator. Good move, it’ll be a valuable asset to you and your family, especially in times of emergency. But, even though it’s got a gas engine and a pull cord, a generator isn’t the same thing as a lawn mower or weed whacker. There are a number of steps involved in the prepping, running and maintaining of your generator that you should be aware of before you try to do anything with it. Here are a few tips to make sure you get a smooth, safe operation, and the power you need:

generator outdoors

  • CRUCIAL– If you take anything away from this post, it’s that you NEVER run your generator in a garage (even an open garage) and NEVER run it in the house. Keep it outside, at least 15 feet from the house, and way away from all windows. As valuable as your generator is to keeping things going, it’s also a carbon monoxide machine. But of course, when used properly, it’s invaluable.

generator manual

  • Before you do anything, read the generator’s manual, from cover to cover. The more you know about your portable gas generator, the more apt you are not to do anything wrong, and it will provide many years of low-maintenance emergency power.

grounding rod

  • Prior to setup, you’ll need to ground the generator. This is done by connecting a #6 AWG grounding wire from the Grounding Terminal to a grounding rod (above) which is at least 24 inches in the ground. The grounding rod must be an earth-driven copper or brass rod that can adequately ground the generator. The grounding wire and rod may not be included with the generator, so make sure you get those as well when you make your purchase.
  • A great feature that some gas generators have is an electric start, because they can make starts fast and effortless. If yours has an electric start, now’s the time to make sure the 12v battery is installed and connected.

generator oil fill

  • Next you need to add the fluids. A key to a generators long life– as with any engine– is oil. It’s also helpful to know that without oil, the generator won’t start. Check the manual and make sure you’re using the right oil type and changing it according to manufacturer’s specifications. SAE10W30 is often recommended for general-purpose, all-temperature use.

generator gas fill

  • Add fuel to within 1″ of the rim of the tank. Be careful never to overfill. Unless otherwise instructed, use regular Unleaded 87 Octane gasoline.

generator startup

  • Now you’re ready to start the generator. Note the slight difference in the above chart between the Manual Start and the Electric Start.
  • Let the gennie run briefly before you plug anything into it, and make sure when you do plug something in, that the appliance is off. Plug in appliances one at a time, and power each one up before you plug in the next one. You want to make sure you’ve got the power to accommodate them. Pay attention to the watts of each unit before you plug it in after the other; you want to always stay under the generator’s max. If the generator overloads, it could damage the appliances.
  • Now you’re ready to rock n’ roll!

Other tips to keep in mind…

  • Never connect your generator with a power cord into an electrical outlet in the house. This power will “back feed” into the utility lines running to your house, and in the event of a blackout, this could kill a utility crew member called to restore power to the neighborhood.
  • Only use  a proper power cord. The power provided by your gas generator is measured in watts. A power cord is measured in amps. If, for whatever reason, you need a replacement power cord, choose one that matches the most powerful outlet on your generator. The power cord would need to be heavy-duty, at least 12 gauge, and less than 100 feet.
  • Never refuel a running generator– or even one with a still-hot engine! The heat could ignite the gas. Shut it off and let it cool for at least 10 minutes. And only refuel in a well-ventilated area.
  • Change the oil during lengthy outages. Check your manual for the proper intervals. If your generator doesn’t have an hour meter (telling you how long it’s been running), keep a log so you don’t lose track.
  • Conserve your gas! If the neighborhood power went out, chances are local gas stations are also down. Only use whatever appliances you need to and, if possible, turn it off overnight. A refrigerator can handle no power for 3-4 hours.

When you’re done

  • When the power comes back, drain the gas from the generator. If you leave the gas in, it can ruin the carburetor.
  • Change the oil one last time.
  • Every month, feed the generator a 1/2 gallon of gas and run it for at least 30 minutes. This will prevent blockage in the carb.

Your portable gas generator will be ready for the next emergency, and will last for years!

When you’re ready to purchase your generator, but need help determining what size to get, here’s a GENERATOR BUYING GUIDE to help you out. And don’t make any decisions until you’ve had the chance to look at the award-winning Predator Generators at Harbor Freight Tools! Read the reviews and research the YouTube videos, and you’ll learn for yourself what a great value they really are.

Hyperbole aside, in the event of an emergency, having a portable gas generator can mean the difference between life and death for you and/or a member of your family.