Preparing for winter

We’ve barely made any headway splitting the logs from having our land cleared in February. The enormous log pile mocks us. I cart wheelbarrowload upon wheelbarrowload of splits to stack near the house, and yet the main pile grows no smaller.

Doesn’t look like all that much, but it’s taken dozens of overloaded wheelbarrow trips to get it to where it is.

We’re gonna keep at it, though. Now that I’ve realized that a lot of the main-pile logs are too small to be split and can be stacked just as they are, the diminishment will proceed much faster.

We’re having a chimney sweep in next Thursday. Our main fireplace is centrally-ish located and faces the living room as the brick back radiates warmth into the kitchen. So as soon as I can light a fire without setting off the smoke detectors again (oh boy that was fun), I plan hope to use woodfire as our main heat source during the day.

5 Responses to “Preparing for winter”

  1. Erin Says:

    Having use wood burning as a heat source for 3/4 of my life I will advise you to get a space heater for S’s room for nap time. If you plan on heating with wood up till you go to bed (not just during the day) I would also advise a heated mattress pad or blanket. As a kid I use to heat a few towels by the wood stove and ball them up under my covers before I got in. I LOVE our wood stove in the new house! The heat goes right up the steps and heat the whole house! I’m so use to 1/2 the house being freezing and half the house being hotter then Hades, it’s a real treat to have the wood stove heat efficiently!

  2. diana Says:

    It helps that your house is like a winding-up spiral, huh? It’s super efficient!

    Because our house is so long we have two heat pumps, one for the bedrooms and sewing room and one for the living room, kitchen, and family room. That’s the one that I”m hoping we can keep nearly off during the day; the other will have to stay on to keep that part of the house above freezing.

    Something to think about when I plan the house of our future… you know, when we win the lottery and build our dream house. :)

  3. Erin Says:

    Yup it goes right up the steps perfect:) I didn’t realize you had 2 heat pumps, your house is so LONG!

  4. diana Says:

    Yeah… and weren’t they supposed to be all interested in environmental crap in the 60’s? -laugh-

  5. Heidi Says:

    I too have been chucking wood splits, ….from one side of the pile to the other so the wood stays dry. The other tarp is split along the top leaving all the dry wood vulnerable to rain.(supposed to rain tonight and the weekend.)
    Funny how little a bone-jarring muscle-straining wheelbarrow-load holds.
    Be sure and cover the woodpile against rain and snow–open the tarps to air out during sunny weather…but you know the drill.

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