Friday, November 12, 2010
Wood Cutting Time!
There's been lots of wood cutting going on around our place lately,too.Pop usually cuts the bad trees on a neighbor's farm. The two of them share the work, and the wood. That works out good for both, since we have no trees on our little piece of ground,and the neighbor doesn't get around as good as he once did,plus he has lots of woods on his property. Another neighbor gave us all the old lumber from his wind damaged barn.It was really dry and cured,so it is excellent for quick fires these chilly mornings. Wood is one thing we never run short of.Pop sees to that. We have electric heat and AC, but we use the furnace very little during the cold winter months, unless the fire goes out during the night,but that's rare. Pop has the fire building down to a science. He knows his wood.He was a logger at one time. He knows which wood holds better than others.Some burn quick and don't keep fire all night. Others smolder along slowly.There is an art to controlling the dampers,too. He has tried teaching me. I try,but I still have a lot to learn. Hopefully, I won't have to take care of the fire building any ways soon.Now that we have a basement, it works out much better.The block walls retain heat all day, and when the fire goes out during the day,with these warmer evenings we are having now,the house stays warm until he can build another fire,when and if it's needed.Soon we will be keeping fire around the clock.But we're ready for it.Pop has enough wood piled on the carport to last a while, if it gets very rough this winter.Let's hope we don't have any more ice storms,but then we're ready for that,too. We have a nice big generator, ready and waiting.So bring it on,Mother Nature.Meals cooked on the wood stove ain't half bad!
Posted by Sue from Ky. at 8:53 PM