Last winter was cold. Unprecedentedly cold. I estimate we burned ~10 cord of wood; 4 purchased and 6 cut by us. This year Kathryn and I started cutting firewood during late spring/early summer. We cut mainly dead elm near the old silo. It was close to walk to and there was a lot of dead elm. Recently we started working on new trail going from North Trail, traveling SW and connecting to the hay field. Our mission was twofold:
- To harvest the abundant dead ash trees. These were standing and/or leaning limbs and trees
- To develop a hiking/skiing / snowshoe trail that I could maintain with yearly bush-hogging.
The disadvantage of this location is that it is located near the furthest reaches of our property requiring a bit of a walk carrying the chainsaw, and various other essential accessories. Below Cullen stands in the middle of our cut wood piles.
I estimate we now have ~10+ cord of firewood for this winter. Our barn is 48′ long. We have a stack along the barn 40′ long and another 20′ long. These stacks are at least 5’6″ tall – over 3
Why don’t I store wood in the basement? Look at the sawdust left by bugs in the dead wood.
On outside bays I have four stacks of wood for next year. These are 7′ by 6′ stacks with wood drying for next year.