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Wood for Winter

It's almost September and my family is hard at work gathering, cutting and stacking wood for the wood stove for winter. This is our first time having a wood stove. I'm excited about it. I like the fact that we'll be warm this winter due to our hard work and we don't have to depend on anyone else.

We are told we'll need about 15 cords of wood to get through the winter comfortably. So far, we have about four cords cut and stacked, so we still have lots more to do! Thankfully, there is several winters of dead fall and downed trees here, we just need o drag it to the house, cut it to wood stove size, and stack it.

Most of the wood we've gathered so far is birch, with a little maple and oak. Hard woods are best for woodstoves as they burn the longest. There is piles and piles of pine here, but it is not safe for woodstoves, so it;s being sent to the fire pit area (for campouts)

The photo is of our woodpile (plus there is two more piles in the house.

This photo is my own

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valmnz wrote on August 29, 2015, 3:41 PM

Sounds like you'll be prepared when the time comes. There's something satisfying about being self sufficient like that.

imphavok wrote on August 29, 2015, 3:49 PM

Thank you! Yes, it is very satisfying to be more self sufficient and depend on yourself instead of on others. :)

VinceSummers wrote on August 29, 2015, 3:54 PM

Burning wood is very warm and satisfying. However, there are things to remember. There is danger in choking the fire down too much. Carbon monoxide kills. Fire kills. Also, you are destroying trees. I generally preferred to burn already dead trees, rather than cutting down living ones. At the same time, owls and other critters live in dead trees. So it's a matter of balance. There is the danger of using a chain saw, as well. So be safe, use good judgement, and enjoy your wood burning stove.

imphavok wrote on August 29, 2015, 5:23 PM

Thank you! Thankfully there are so many trees here (I live on 42 acres that is completely forest) that at least for a few years none will need to be cut down for fire wood. I used a chainsaw for the first time yesterday, a little scary! Definitely something to use careful! Thank you for all the advice! Hugs!

DWDavisRSL wrote on August 29, 2015, 8:46 PM

I hope you have a warm and cozy winter with your wood stove. You will enjoy a nice dry heat.

AliCanary wrote on August 30, 2015, 7:13 PM

Wow, you have been very industrious! Just make sure your chimney is in good shape, and clean.