12:43 pm - 60 degrees - lightly raining...
A wood-burning fireplace is one of the simplest joys of the winter months. It’s also a lot of work.
For us, our wood burning fireplace is currently our only source of heat, so falling, cutting, splitting and stacking firewood is an important skill for us to know and do.
Tony does all the falling of trees and cutting those logs into rounds. Thankfully we live on many acres of wooded forest so we are able to start at the source.
I help Tony with the splitting. Even when log rounds are small in diameter, it makes sense to split them. Splitting speeds along the drying process and improves the burning qualities.
And we all pitch in to do the stacking.
Even though the ideal time to cut firewood is in the late winter and early spring months (this allows for the maximum drying time), we usually have so much going on, that we don’t get around to cutting, splitting and stacking our firewood until the end of July, beginning of August.
So firewood cutting for this coming winter is underway. Tony spent last weekend cutting this pile of logs...
...into this pile of rounds.