Tuesday, March 11, 2008
Winter is almost gone. We have made it through another winter with enough wood to burn - thanks to my wonderful husband. He spent many weekends and evenings this last summer cutting up trees, loading it into the truck, hauling it home - just to unload it again. Stacking, chopping (which is not an easy task), stacking again. Cord after cord. The finished product: FREE HEAT. That is not all. Most days he would bring home scrap wood from work. He (and a little help from Sierra) would bring in stack after stack of scrap lumber and stack them in our "lumber" wood pile. It is sort of funny, we have piles of wood of different types of wood in our house around our stove. We have the split wood. The lumber. The big blocks of wood, and kindling - usually cedar (left over scraps from Jake's work). A few winters of burning wood day after day and you learn which type of wood burns hot, fast or slow. Which type is ashy or not so much. I absolutely love having a wood burning stove. As long as we have enough wood to last, I can heat the house as hot as I want - I love a hot house in the winter. One thing about having a wood burning stove that I am very grateful for - is that I know how to start a fire. Not only start a fire, I know how to read the fire and maintain it. An important skill in my opinion. I am very grateful for Jake putting in all the man hours and hard work it took to build up more than enough wood for us to heat our house this winter.