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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Firewood Supply {Kindling}...

4:28 pm - 53 degrees - clear with a light breeze...

A warm cozy fire in the fireplace is a great idea, but sometimes that fire is a challenge to start.  It doesn’t matter how much firewood we have if we can’t get the fire started!  Even though kindling is essential to heating one’s home with wood, it’s often overlooked.

So while Tony has been busy splitting and hauling firewood, I’ve been busy splitting cedar rounds into kindling.
 
We've currently have just over 6 cords of firewood split and stacked.
 
My father-in-law picked up a hatchet at a garage sale for me!
Soooo excited, it makes splitting the cedar kindling much easier.
 
one bucket of cedar kindling and one bucket
of mixed cedar kindling and odds and ends.

We’re storing our kindling in 5-gallon buckets or boxes for a couple of reasons.  Kindling is inconvenient to stack.  It’s better to contain it in a bucket, cardboard box or other container.  These hold the kindling until it can be transferred to a kindling bin in the wood box, or it can be set inside the firewood area to be used as needed.  Also, if it’s stored vertically, any dampness tends to wick away faster.

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