It’s time for thinking about the coming season. I wish I had started sooner but the weather and the progression of the land clearing project have not yielded anything to split and stack until this week. Logs appeared, then more logs and then the weather was glorious for the first time on my day off.
I had posted this shot of my first trek this season to the garage for wood to start a fire. This visitor was rather off-putting.
Before I could move any of the new wood in to stack and dry, I had to deal with what was left from last season. My plan was to restack the old wood and bring the new in closer to the door for maximum air flow. I gave it a week for the snake to move on, then donned gloves and stout boots. As I took apart the pile, I came across not one, not two, but four snake skins! Obviously, this was prime territory for shedding this fall.
Once the stacking was done, I looked around for an efficient way to move this:
Luckily, Patty Bunyan is a very resourceful girl, not to mention a hell of a worker. Our “red-neck” log mover proved very useful!
I’ve written often about heating with wood and winters in New Hampshire. It’s hard to believe this summer is coming to an end and it is time to address the issue once again. They say wood heats twice, once when you are cutting and stacking, once when you are burning it. For the second year I will not buy firewood, the feeling of self-sufficiency is huge. I think Paul Bunyan would be proud!