wow. like i said ~ some kind of record!
we need a woodshed to store all our wood for the winter- Dave estimates that we burn 35 face cords of wood each heating season. (which around here can truly be from September to April!)
originally we had planned on building the shed over top of the stove, and running the chimney up through the roof of the wood shed.
that's until we heard the startling story of what happened to friends of ours from church: it seems that after the stove was fed and stoked for the afternoon, the door was not shut. this led to a massive buildup of gasses at the top of their wood shed, which in turn lead to a massive (if not impressive!) explosion which sounded like a train barreling down the tracks at full steam.
after hearing this story at the church picnic, Dave decided that he didn't want to chance the same thing happening at our house.
even if it is covered by insurance!
we bought a truck load of logs, and Dave worked at cutting that into lengths.
with the tractor, G and N, it didn't take long to get all that wood cut and stacked. the wood shed will hold only about half of what we burn, so the rest will be stored somewhere else, under tarps.
we decided to get another truck load of logs, and in addition to being fairly green, the logs were much bigger than the previous load.
so yesterday Dave brought home an early Christmas present for G: a gasoline powered wood-splitter that he borrowed from a friend at work. (as opposed to the old-fashioned way: a son-powered wood splitter. with really great muscles. named G.)
it's helpful to have 2 people working the splitter, and in just 1 hour this morning, Dave and G split the same amount of wood that would have taken nearly all day by hand!
the girls and i took out a snack for the hard-working wood crew, and admired their work.
and reflected on how true that old adage is- "he who heats with wood warms himself twice"