Practical Preparedness ... The Woodpile

| 11/7/2012 9:15:11 AM

Mary Murray head shotI obviously don't exercise enough.

After stacking wood with my family this weekend...
My back and shoulders ache.
I'm feeling old.
It's time for the heating pad.

However, on the bright side, we have a terrific amount of firewood ready at a moment's notice should it be needed! 

The barn is filled with the sweet scent of freshly-cut wood as the aromas of cherry, hedge, and ash mingle to greet us each time we step inside. And while it's a delight to take in, on the more practical side, it has a very important role to play in our preparedness.

Should we have a power outage, this wood will not only keep us warm, but will help to feed us as well. Living in a farmhouse that's 148 years old has blessed us with 3 each in the kitchen, dining room, and what was most likely once a parlor. 

Those fireplaces most certainly kept the original homeowners warm from many a winter storm. However, somewhere along the years, a previous owner decided it was a good idea to remove the chimney of the fireplace in the dining room, and toss it down the flue passageway. Sadly we couldn't rebuild the structure to make it safely usable, however, we did have the firebox reworked and then refinished an old mantel to keep the home's original look.

Now, how to store that firewood to make sure it's ready when we need it...

12/18/2012 10:38:53 PM

Hello, Great post. My husband and I have been heating with wood for years now. It is our main means of heating and we have a propane fueled furnace for our alternate heat. Wood is such a money saver. We also have 3 cords stacked and ready with an available fourth that can be chopped and split should we need it.

11/23/2012 9:50:31 PM

I wish I had a fireplace in every room. I love them. Heating with wood is awsome. It helps temendously with the huge electric bill we have. If I could I'd heat with only wood and get off the grid. I don't want to live on the grid anylonger. I'm ready for a change from dependancy to independancy. Yay for wood stoves!!! :)

11/11/2012 3:07:07 AM

Mary, I have not resorted nor will I ever resort to heating with wood. However, my wood pile will go to the patio fire bowel or camp fires. The brush acquired from the tree I cut down at Terra Nova Gardens will most likely be used in a hugelkultr raised bed. That's when a trench is dug out about a foot deep and wood of any kind including cardboard and paper is piled in the trench and then covered up. Then it's left to begin to rot for one year. After that it can be planted with any kind of plant. The rotting wood can last for many years and retain water better than any thing else. Yet another garden experiment is forming in my crazy brain. Have a great day heating with wood.

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