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Almost Finished

April 28th, 2014

This year we’re a little late getting our firewood in.  Of course we’re trying to get ahead so we’re putting up a little more than we need.  We still have about a quarter of a winters worth leftover from this past winter and we’re hoping to at least get a half year extra done this spring.
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Looks like we’ll be staying warm and frying our eggs over wood heat this coming winter.

Do you have any big yearly chores you’ve been working on?

Friday Favorite: Being Warm & Toasty

January 16th, 2014

We definitely stay warm & toasty all winter long thanks to all the work we put in cutting & splitting firewood. It’s that time of the year to start working on the wood we’ll be using this coming winter. Mr Chiots has been out the past few weekends cutting down a few trees close to the house that are half dead and have been dropping large branches when it’s windy.  Some of them are pine trees which we won’t be using for firewood, but one was a nice big cherry tree.  Most of it will heat our home, but there’s one nice piece that he’s going to mill into lumber for further furniture.
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Harvesting your own firewood is a lot of work, but it’s satisfying work. Mr Chiots usually cuts down all the trees and when the splitter comes out I step in and help out. It’s a great chore because it makes you get outside in the winter when you might not otherwise. We always enjoy the days we spend splitting & stacking, usually we try to pick a beautiful sunny winter day if possible.
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Every year we hope to get a little extra wood put up to get a year or two ahead. That way, should injury or some unforeseen circumstance prevent us from doing it we’d still have enough wood on hand for the winter.
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Last year we stacked some of our wood in holz hausens and really loved the look and technique. We’ll be stacking all of our wood in these as we cut this winter.

Do you or have you ever helped with cutting/splitting/stacking of firewood?

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This is a daily journal of my efforts to cultivate a more simple life, through local eating, gardening and so many other things. We used to live in a small suburban neighborhood Ohio but moved to 153 acres in Liberty, Maine in 2012.