Scrambling for firewood!

I have tried to have most of my firewood on hand by the end of September but my original wood guy has not talked to me since March when I gave him $250.00 in the spring to help him re-build his truck’s engine for an August delivery of wood.  I thought I was a customer willing to pay cash for a wood delivery when he needed money was a good deal for both of us. Well, live and learn, only pay cash on delivery.  I have 2 loads of popular and Ponderossa pine scheduled this month and perhaps a connection for another wood guy for a delivery.  I know these are not the best burning woods but I have to get my wood racks filled up for this winter.  I have about 3/4 of a cord of fruit wood and elm in my racks and added about 1/2 cord of mill ends. As long as I can keep buying wood into November I should be okay for heating this year.   I suspect that a two year supply of wood on hand/ drying is for those people that are able to go out and cut firewood.  If you are in a city or disabled like me I think storing a 3-4 year supply of wood should be your goal, or will be my goal for the future.

I have added another wood storage area for the mill ends all up on pallets and covered with a tarp.  I need to build a wood crib for a long term wood storage so the wood can both dry and stay dry during winter.  For right now the pallets and tarp system is okay solution.   Also I moved all of last years firewood onto the new pressure treated wood rack siting on a concrete slab.  In the future I’ll need to add a roof but so far the wood has dried out this summer and the tarps will be my weather cover.

Called the Electrician guy (Centerline Electric of Nampa ID.)  about installing  a couple of ceiling fans on new switches. A new bathroom GFI and check some wiring that seemed a bit “Funky” to me.  Well I was quoted $400.00-$500.00 for all of the work and the guys were great about talking me through the job, and showed up  in under 2 days rather than taking a couple of weeks or a month to do a small job.  In about 45 minutes the guys installed a new ceiling fan I had bought and a new GFI in the bathroom along with checking out the wiring of the new electrics installed.  My house was built in 1910 and some the renovations done on this home were DIYer’s that did some things that do not meet common sense levels or city code.  The” Hugger” 52 inch ceiling fan I got via Home depot is running great and I can’t even hear it running.  Golly,  on low speed the fan moves a heck of a lot of air around the room.  This fan is going to be great next summer!

Next week it looks like the windows and siding job will start on the house and Contractor says he will start on my Birthday October 12th just for fun! Today my contractor brought by a guy from the company supplying the siding to double check my color selection for resale value.  I’m not planning to sell Casa de Chaos but it is nice a company would take such an interest on potential resale value for a customer.  After looking at the roof and the neighborhood even he thought we picked a good color scheme to tie everything together.  So we are going with a rich red on the fascia, a light grey on the gables and light blue for the main part of the house.  The new color scheme will be muted somewhat as we are going with a more muted gray and blue for the main colors of the house.

I think for the end of the first day of work I may have a small bottle of Champagne for the workers.  Good contractors and workers are hard to find, best to keep them happy!

5 Responses to Scrambling for firewood!

  1. Drake Savage says:

    My father (Army veteran) once told me that there are two kinds of bad paymasters. Those that pay in advance, and those who don’t pay at all. I learned my lesson on a hay deal. Paid price of rolls + $5.00 each for top quality horse hay with the understanding that he would use his equipment to put it in my barn. His man put the hay outside beside the barn,& said he was coming back with bobcat. I paid cash. It sat outside & got rained on twice before he showed up. Had to sell to cattle farmer @ a loss of ten dollars per roll. LESSON: Never, ever pay in advance.

    • Jamie says:

      Yep Drake that is a tough one. I suppose that many of us have a story like that but it usually only one story. We tend to get smart to those people quick. I’ll pay cash but only on delivery. I want to trust people but in this day and age it is only cash on delivery.

  2. Pam says:

    I’m with you on getting wood by September. It’s good to get it stacked and under tarps to keep it dry when the fall rains hit. One year we burned our willow that had to be taken down. I was loading the wood stove too many times a day that year! Goodness! Oak, green, white or red, walnut, cherry and maple are some of what we have burned over the years including our willow.

  3. Jamie says:

    Pam, I think poplar is like willow and is is “Gopher” wood. You get a good fire going and you need to (Go for) more wood to keep the fire burning. One reason I’m trying to get a new wood supplier for both soft woods for a quick hot fire and hard woods for those long and slow burning fires that last the night or at least 6-8 hours.

    I’m not sure of your location but the most common fire wood is Pine here in the west. But Douglas fir is a great firewood as it easy to split and burns clean. Most of the wood I have bought so far burns a bit dirty but as I have my wood stove and chimney cleaned yearly, I don’t fear creosote build up. Sorry to say I burned wet wood late winter early spring and it was dirty/smokey this last spring. A dry dirty wood is much better to burn than the best wet wood.

    I’ll ask my chimney sweep if I have a bad build up of gunk on the chimney pipes with burning pine or wet wood. She is great gal and very proactive about burning wood safely.

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