the basics of choosing firewood...

| 1/22/2019 12:00:00 AM


We've entered day 4 of the snow and ice storm that has hit the Midwest, and as the temperatures plummeted (-11  yesterday morning), each day opening the door we're greeted with a bone-chilling blast of air. It's so cold that even heated water buckets have a film of ice on them that needs breaking so goats, chickens, and barn cats can be assured of plenty of water.  

wheel in snow

In preparing for the storm, extra wood was stacked on the back porch, and after tossing another log on the fire, I'm glad to be inside. Morning chores are done, and I've left the gusty winds outside, for now. Warming up by the fire makes me glad for the wood we have on hand. This crackling fire in the kitchen will take the chill out of a home built in 1864, a home that certainly seems lacking insulation in some rooms!

As I talked with a friend, she asked about the best types of wood for burning. A look through our local paper will have advertisements for a variety of woods. Which is best? The prices range per cord; does a lower price mean an inferior wood?

While I'm certainly no expert, I'll share what she and I talked about...a list of what has worked best for us over the years, and what we've found for sale in our area. 

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