Who heats with Wood here? How's your winter supply?

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I just love seeing a winter's worth of wood. Our family has a cabin in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. While growing up, I loved to watch my grandfather and my Dad split wood with an axe. There are few things more manly than chopping wood. We plan on getting one more load of wood for this winter. I think my husband has some access to some dead trees, so we hope it will dry further by the end of winter once it is stacked. We have already had our very first fire. has anybody else?

Little bit Farm

-- Little Bit Farm (littlebit@brightok.net), October 06, 2003


Judy, I can't split wood here. It's liable to throw off our carefully maintained testosterone/estrogen balance. Gotta make these men feel useful somehow, LOL!!!

Little bit Farm

-- Little Bit Farm (littlebit@brightok.net), October 06, 2003.

I got a chill the other morning and lit up for the first time this fall. We've got a couple of ricks, which in southern Oklahoma will last a while. And, yes, I do feel quite manly when I split wood. hehehe.


-- Tabletop Homestead (tabletophomestead@earthlink.net), October 06, 2003.

Little bit, There is nothing more satisfying...well not many things, anyway, than a barn full of hay, shelves full of canned goods, and the woodpile stacked high. Unfortunately, our wood isn't quite at the half way point yet! Haven't had a fire yet, but have been mighty tempted. Hubby and I had better get busy, as we can get snow any time now! Colorado weather is pretty finicky! Jan in Co

-- Jan in Co (Janice12@aol.com), October 06, 2003.

we have already fired up the stoves here! we lost over 50 trees this past year due to the drought, so we have enough wood for this year and next year and....anyway!

-- sissy barth (iblong2him@ilovejesus.net), October 06, 2003.

We don't have all of ours ready yet because we didn't decide to get the wood stove until August or September (my memory!!).

We had the neatest thing happen a few weeks ago. There is an outbuilding very close to our house and we have always wondered what it was originally used for - wash house, summer kitchen, tool shed? We have used it for storage since living here but since buying the wood stove, decided it would make a perfect wood shed. Well, a lady of over 80 years old and her younger brother stopped by here. They had traveld up from Georgia and she wanted to show her brother where he was born. In 1927, he was born in this house and she was thirteen at the time, so she remembers a lot about our house. Guess what the white building was? Yep, a wood shed - LOL.

-- Terry - NW Ohio (aunt_tm@hotmail.com), October 07, 2003.

Hi, y'all! I see some names here I recognize. Hope it's okay if I chime in. We heat entirely with wood and have a couple of years worth stacked up in the sheds and around the property. My husband's always looking for more. He's planning to spend the weekend splitting and stacking more. I love wood heat! I don't believe anything else heats the home as good as wood does.

-- Deena in GA (dsmj55@aol.com), October 09, 2003.

wow.....Deena from GA........nice to "see" you here. We heat with wood and I agree........wonderful feeling when the sheds are full of wood, shelves and freezers packed and barn full of hay. Now that feels quite wonderful!!!

We have most of the wood in for this year.....we have a great deal put up but most of it is for next year as it was green when we put it in.

-- diane (gardiacaprine@yahoo.com), October 10, 2003.

on and off now, for over a month,, mostly on cold mornings, and chilly nights. This week was in the 70s, so no need then,, had a cold front move in last night, high temp today was 55,, so right now,, I have one going, just to keep the chill out.

-- Stan (sopal@net-pert.com), October 12, 2003.

We also heat exclusively with wood. We have an earth stove in the living room that we use for mild weather, like now, and we fire the boiler up when it gets cold.

For the last few weekends we've been processing wood. These days I rent a splitter and buy the wood in 11 cord truck loads. I'm not yet ahead of the game, always running to stay caught up but this year I think is gonna put us over the hump and we'll actually have a good start toward next years wood.

-- john (natlivent@pcpros.net), October 18, 2003.

We heat entirely with wood and we do not, repeat DO NOT, have our winter's supply in. We have had a fire several evenings and early mornings so far because we've had night time temps in the 30's. Wood cutting always gets put off until harvest is done.

-- Dee in IN (deatline@globalsite.net), October 19, 2003.

well you can bet it is going strong today as it was 88 here in SW Mo yesterday and in the 50's this morning and falling temps all day. We have gusty north winds up to 30 mph. We have our supply of wood for the winter stacked and covered but we will be cutting next years wood so that it can season. We had some large white oak trees logged off of our wood lot, so there is plenty of limbs to saw up that were not big enough to take for logs.

-- Lauraleah (lauraleah@mo-net.com), October 25, 2003.

Just finished working up our winter's supply of firewood. We usually burn 6-8 cord in our wood cookstove (our only heat source). By the time we're done splitting, we have a huge mountain of wood piled up!! We never stack or cover it. The air circulates much better this way so the wood dries well and once we get a layer of snow piled on it...the wood never freezes together. We do keep our kindling stacked and covered, though. So far, we've only lit our stove a couple of times just to take the early morning chill off.

-- Marcia (HrMr@webtv.net), October 30, 2003.

We now have about five cords in the woodshed and figure we need another one or two. It's mostly hardwood and all of it is seasoned.

I always have this restless feeling until we get everything prepared for the winter :-).

-- Terry - NW Ohio (aunt_tm@hotmail.com), November 05, 2003.

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