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Ready To Burn, Stacking Firewood

11/11/2010
firewood stacked in basement

Ready To Heat The House

I bought my cord of firewood at the end of summer for $240 and had to figure out where to stack it this season. Last year I put it in the bottom of the “hole” in the backyard of this house I rent and figured I’d just go out the back slider downstairs and bring it in as needed. I took my cue from my landlady who does the same thing, except that she has an overhang and larger flat area in the hole, so her wood is not right against the house like mine is. (See photo below) My son went out and cut some small trees that had fallen (with my landlady’s permission) and I will use those as starters.

stacking firewood

Last Year’s Mistake

high snow piled up looking outside

Snow outside the basement slider last year (2009)

That didn’t work out too well, since the accumulated snow from the roof slid off (it’s a metal roof) and buried my wood under hard-packed icy snow. I did manage to dig most of it out, but still had quite a bit left that I couldn’t get to until Spring. In fact, I couldn’t even use my slider to go in and out because the snow was piled about 4 feet high!
So this year, after the delivered wood dried out, and between rainy days, I dumped it down the hill using my wheelbarrow and then stacked it in my basement. Some of it is also stacked outside, but up near my porch and not in the hole. I only get one cord because I just have no place to store it. I’d like to have lots of wood and never use oil heat and it’s easy to keep the stove going once it’s heated, but it’s not my house and the set up just isn’t very good. One cord, plus the little I had left over won’t heat this place for the whole winter, so I’ll wait for very cold weather and save it up for possible ice storms when we might lose power. That has happened both of the past winters.
On top of that, I have to order seasoned wood because after August, there is no sun in my yard to dry it out. Ideally I would order “green”, not seasoned (or older cut wood), in early Spring and stack it in a nice sunny spot to dry for months to use in winter. And even better than that would be to have a big, strong, heard working man in my life who would go out and cut up dead trees and then split the wood so I wouldn’t even have to buy any! Now I am dreaming, but I have done what I could to supplement my oil heat this year.
Today the chimney lining is being replaced and soon I hope the landlady will have the furnace cleaned. Renting means you are at the mercy of someone else, so I just have to go with the flow.Related Articles

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. 11/11/2010 3:44 pm

    Wow! That is a monster snowfall! With proper provisions and enough wood, it must be nice to look out at those wintered woods…especially near the holidays. Feed Brad lots of meat and potatoes and in a couple of years he will be big and strong enough to tote that wood for you. 🙂

  2. 11/11/2010 5:03 pm

    I rented for so many years, i know what you are talking about.

    The place i was in from college until we moved to BB was built in the 50s, i think. In those days no one thought Southern California needed insulation! It was a nice townhouse, & 2 miles from the beach, so i got good breezes. The downstairs was almost always pleasant even in summer. BUT that place was frigid in winter & the heater totally inefficient. We were always bundled up indoors. (The house frequently was 55F or 60 during the days in winter.)

    Landlord put on a new roof a couple of years before i moved. I asked him, “So are you insulating, too?” His response, “Insulation, yeah, i guess that would have been a good idea.”

    I hope that is good hardwood for the price. It seems rather steep to me.

    • 11/13/2010 3:05 pm

      Hi Kathryn! The wood seems good and the price is about right for these parts – everything in the northeast is pricey.

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