Canning Stock Route - Firewood

Hi all,

I had a look over past discussions and could only see one mention of firewood so thought I'd ask those that have been if there were any great issues in collecting enough to have a fire each night and thus stay warm.

There's a group of four of us heading south to north departing Wiluna (if all goes to plan with travel from the east coast) on the 13th July, so if other travelling at this time we might see you on the track.

We did the Simpson in 2011 and were told back then that wood was scarce but in reality we had no problems finding enough to keep the chills at bay!!

If anyone else has done it your comments would be appreciated.
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Reply By: Member - RobnJane(VIC) - Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 17:01

Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 17:01
Hi Mark,

We travelled part of the CSR (Well 33 to 5) north to south two years ago and were able to find fire wood ok. Sometimes we needed to get away from our chosen camp area a little but really no problem.

Hope you enjoy it, we had a great time.

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Reply By: Shaker - Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 17:01

Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 17:01
There is plenty of good wood, you don't need much as it burns very hot.
A lot of people can't see the wood for the trees, so to speak, as they are used to the huge amounts of timber & massive fires that they have in the High Country.
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Reply By: Mark T6 - Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 17:04

Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 17:04
Thanks guys, yep understand you have to move further than 10 metres to find wood so pleased to hear plenty available.

And yes I agree with the size of the fires, they don't need to be massive at all.

Appreciate your quick replies
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Follow Up By: Shaker - Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 17:07

Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 17:07
We just started looking for wood after lunch & if saw any we threw it up on the roof rack.




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Follow Up By: rocco2010 - Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 18:04

Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 18:04
Gidday

Dont know abt moving 10 metres to find wood ... Some of these replies are a bit more positive than I would have been. I would think you should not expect to find wood within quite a few kilometres of any of the popular camp sites, such as the restored wells or Durba. One day we stopped early simply because there was a dead tree on a nearby dune.

Enjoy the trip, it is a great experience.

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Reply By: Member -Pinko (NSW) - Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 17:45

Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 17:45
Don't even think of burning wood from the old collapsed wells.
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Follow Up By: Member - John and Val - Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 18:37

Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 18:37
And please have small fires only. As in all desert areas trees/wood grows VERY slowly so with increasing numbers of people using the resource it will be quickly depleted.

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Reply By: Member - J&R - Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 20:33

Wednesday, Feb 06, 2013 at 20:33
Very little wood left nowadays.
You will have to hunt for it, and 5kms plus in most cases.

Better off taking yr own and economising with a small fire and wear warm clothing.
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Reply By: Derek Jones - Thursday, Feb 07, 2013 at 10:45

Thursday, Feb 07, 2013 at 10:45
We found plenty along the way - started collecting as soon as left camp in the morning and never had a problem. We would often have thermos made and have a combined morning tea/firewood stop. Very civilised.

The more desirable, iconic locations are a different kettle of fish though. Nothing around those localities.
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Reply By: Mark T6 - Thursday, Feb 07, 2013 at 11:00

Thursday, Feb 07, 2013 at 11:00
Greatly appreciate all the information. We are fairly experienced 4WDers (four vehicles in total) mostly retired (although sadly not me as yet) and are fairly "green" in nature and understand very much the history of the CSR (we are all reading the Gard book at present) so you can be assured we will not in any way touch wood from the wells.

Having travelled a fair bit I am in tune with the "look for wood early in the day" deal and can understand 100% that wood in around the major areas will be hard to get.

We all have rubbish bags on the rear tyres and understand fully that we need to leave this pristine environment exactly that way, pristine!!

Cheers everyone, a great help!!
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Reply By: Member - powernut (SA) - Friday, Feb 08, 2013 at 17:40

Friday, Feb 08, 2013 at 17:40
I think there has been some good advice there on fire wood. Had a friend do the trip last year and he had no trouble, but started to collect it during the day, so the real question is to find a way to carry it on your vehicle.

Might catch you on the way. We are hitting the CSR around the same time in July from the top.
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Follow Up By: Mark T6 - Friday, Feb 08, 2013 at 17:43

Friday, Feb 08, 2013 at 17:43
Thanks Powernut

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I imagine we'll stop and talk to everyone passing...so if you happen to see that little lot coming at you...the Prado is mine!!

Yes I think the secret is to collect early, where we put it is another thing!!
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Follow Up By: Member - powernut (SA) - Friday, Feb 08, 2013 at 19:03

Friday, Feb 08, 2013 at 19:03
Thanks, my picture is not current. I will be in a Nissan Patrol tray top, with a rear alloy canopy and two spares on back. Bronze in colour, and a few mates probably in front. Couple of white 100 series cruisers at least.

Have a good trip and hope to catch up.
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