Laying in the Firewood

Fall is the time of year when we make sure our firewood supply is well stocked. We have a wood-burning stove that supplements our fossil-fuel heating system. So, it’s important to get the wood cut, seasoned and stowed.

Usually, I cut my wood in the early spring, before the leaves come out and the mosquitoes get bad. I then store it in the woodshed where hot summer temperatures and wind dry it for proper burning. However this year, at the time we normally would be cutting firewood, we found ourselves in Australia. So, I delayed the cutting until the fall. Now, I’ve been out in my woodlot, looking for dead trees that still have quality firewood. I’ve been cutting these down, bucking them up and hauling them to the wood shed for splitting and storing. This wood will not be the quality of the wood I would have stowed in the spring, but it will be good enough.

So what’s wrong with that?

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About Don Meredith

I am a writer and biologist living in Alberta, Canada. I write a monthly column for the Alberta Outdoorsmen magazine.
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