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Friday Favorite: Wood Heat

December 30th, 2016

‘Tis the season for heating the house, around here that means firewood. Every couple days we carry in wood, stacking a little by the stove in the kitchen and a little in the entryway.
Wood heat a warm heat, probably because it’s a radiant type heat. There’s nothing better than sitting by the woodstove on a cold winter evening circling seeds to order in my catalogs.

Have you ever experienced wood heat?

Warming Ourselves

November 9th, 2015

Now that the basement is full of wood to keep us warm this winter, it’s time to start getting our wood put up for next year. That means we spend a few weekends cutting, splitting, and stacking our firewood. This year we’re cutting an area by the main garden in the back, the trees are big enough to shade part of the garden for a decent part of the day. The roots are also most likely starting to steal nutrients from the crops. It’s always nice when one chore helps something else, killing two birds with one stone so to speak. It’s not technically working in the garden, but the work will help the garden.
It will be really interesting to see how different the garden looks without all the shade from this patch of woods. Hopefully in the future I’ll have a small orchard in the spot we’re clearing, though that will definitely take a few years of work to accomplish!

What garden chores did you work on this weekend?

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?

Staying Warm

March 4th, 2014

Our big wood pile in the basement has been dwindling.  With the cold snap we’ve been having (-5 this morning).  We still have the two holz hausens we built last year that we haven’t started using yet.
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Yesterday we went out and grabbed some wood from one of them and brought it into the basement. Now we should have enough to get us through for a few more weeks.
Any day now it will start warming up a bit. It’s amazing how much less fire wood you use when it’s in the twenties outside verses the single digits. Our plans to get a year ahead on firewood are still on track and hopefully after this spring we’ll be most of the way there.

What’s the thermometer say outside your window this morning?

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.