When I started this blog I asked my husband if he had any ideas as to what I should write about. He recommended I give the ongoing status of our firewood pile. So, here we go…
A little background:
Our first winter in this house we spent a ridiculous amount of money on propane while keeping the temperature at 63 degrees. After spending the winter layered in three shirts and two pairs of pants, we took our tax return the following spring (Hooray, first time home buyers credit!) and had a wood burning furnace installed in our basement.
It is hooked into our forced air system, so it functions just like a regular furnace except it burns wood rather than propane. It is even on a thermostat, although it isn’t perfect and has a tendency to get warmer than we intend (but what else would you expect from a 160,000 BTU unit?). Since having the wood furnace installed we’ve only used the propane furnace a handful of times. In fact, I think we’ve only filled our propane tank once since then.
Now, back to the present:
We have quite a bit of wood on our land, and our firewood for the past two years has primarily come from there. However, this spring we bought a semi load (just shy of 15 full cords) of nice oak from a local logger. This is the third time we’ve bought firewood like this, and we’ve found that this amount will last us two full winters and give us a solid head start on a third. My husband will cut it to length and we’ll split the chunks that need it using a hydraulic wood splitter that is powered by our tractor. There will still be a bit of work involved, but not nearly as much as felling trees on our land then cutting them up. It will give us (ok, mainly my husband – I don’t run chainsaws) more time to do other things over the summer, which will be nice.
So… without further ado… here is our woodpile on May 13th, 2016:
Just in case you’re not fluent in logging terminology, a cord of wood is 8-foot logs stacked 4 feet tall and 4 feet wide. A face cord, a common measure for cut and split firewood, is 18-inch chunks stacked 4 feet tall and 8 feet wide.
We currently have 10 face cord cut and split. Our goal is to go into the winter with 25 face cord. In a typical winter we burn about 20 face cord, although we have gone through as much as 27. In the photo you can see the big pile of wood in the background – he has already made a notable dent in that pile, but there’s still quite a bit left to go!